The State of Affairs: APRA AMCOS release their 2015-2016 review report, Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition winners announced & more!

  • Zaya Altangerel
  • October 28, 2016
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This week in the music industry, APRA AMCOS released their full review report for the 2015-2016 financial year period, Melbourne’s Gretta Ray won the 2016 Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition, a new social networking app for the music industry was launched, and tickets to the inaugural National Live Music Awards are available now.

APRA AMCOS 2015-2016 Review

Late last week, APRA AMCOS released their full 2015-2016 financial year review report and announced a record-breaking annual revenue figure of $333 million. Highlights from the report include:

  • Over the last three years, APRA AMCOS export revenue has increased by 75% to reach more than $38.3 million per annum.
  • The growing trend of music subscription services in Australia has resulted in royalty collections from music streaming services to total  up to $27.4 million, a 140% increase from last year’s $11.4 million revenue.
  • The overall digital revenue increased from last year’s $20 million to $67.8 million this year, and
  • The 2015-2016 public performance licensing revenue reached over $70 million.

The full APRA AMCOS 2015-2016 review report can be found here.

Winners of the 2016 Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition


Yesterday, 18-year-old Melbourne singer/songwriter Gretta Ray was announced the winner of the 2016 Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition, for her song “Drive”. Queensland songwriter Emma Louise came in second place for her song “Underflow”, while Tigertown and Tia P both tied for third place for their songs “Lonely Cities” and “4 Seats from Beyoncé”, respectively.

Tia P is the first ever international prize winner of the Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition, which is one of the world’s biggest songwriting competitions. This year the competition included 3,934 entries by 2,412 songwriters from 20 different countries.

The 2016 Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition also raised an incredible $200,000 for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia. Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy utilises creative music therapy methods to deliver significant and quantifiable benefits to adults and children dealing with various physical and intellectual disabilities, trauma, mental health problems, as well as behavioural, emotional and learning difficulties.

National Live Music Awards to support Support Act

Tickets are now available for the inaugural National Live Music Awards. Held in eight different venues across the nation on Tuesday 29th November 2016, the awards celebrate the best of Australian live music.

Tickets to all events, except the Sydney gala at The Basement, are free via online RSVP. The Sydney gala general admission tickets are $39, with $5 from each ticket going towards supporting the charity Support Act. For those who don’t RSVP to the other events, there will be an entrance fee of $5 at the door, with all proceeds going to Support Act. Ticket information available here.

Support Act is a charity unique to Australia, established to help artists and music workers of all kinds, who are facing hardship through various types of support including; financial relief, expert advice, and practical assistance. More information about Support Act can be found here.

VAMPR app launch

brandmark-on-whiteVAMPR is a brand new social networking app specifically designed for those in the music industry. Founded by  Josh Simons and Melbourne musician  Baz Palmer from Aussie rock band Hunters & Collectors, the free iOS app aims to connect musicians from all over the world with like minded collaborators across all different genres of music.

More information about the new app can be found here.

The Roundup

The full event program for the 2016 WAMFest was released this week. The event running from November 3rd – 6th, and will include 159 live musical performances and over 70 industry speakers. Full program details can be found here.

Sydney’s iconic live music destination the Upstairs Beresford has announced the launch of Upstairs Live, a new weekly live music series showcasing the best of local talent from a variety of genres.

AIR 100% Independent Singles Chart

  1. Sia feat. Kendrick Lamar – The Greatest
  2. Sia – Cheap Thrills
  3. Bliss N Eso feat. Thief – Dopamine
  4. Tash Sultana – Jungle
  5. Amy Shark – Adore
  6. Vance Joy – Fire and the Flood
  7. The Temper Trap – Lost
  8. Sia – Alive
  9. Flume feat. Tove Lo – Say It
  10. Sia – Chandelier

AIR 100% Independent Albums Chart

  1. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  2. Tash Sultana – Notion
  3. Sia – This Is Acting
  4. The Peep Tempel – Joy
  5. Sia – 1000 Forms Of Fear
  6. Big Scary – Animal
  7. The Delta Riggs – Active Galactic
  8. Ball Park Music – Every Night The Same Dream
  9. Sticky Fingers – Caress Your Soul
  10. Camp Cope – Camp Cope

ARIA Singles Chart

  1. James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
  2. The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk – Starboy
  3. The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey – Closer
  4. Calum Scott – Dancing On My Own
  5. Hailee Steinfeld – Starving
  6. Ariana Grande feat. Nicki Minaj – Side to Side
  7. Sia feat. Kendrick Lamar – The Greatest
  8. The Chainsmokers feat. Phoebe Ryan – All We Know
  9. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
  10. DJ Snake feat. Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You

ARIA Albums Chart

  1. Jessica Mauboy – The Secret Daughter (Songs from the TV Series)
  2. Hillsong Worship – Let There Be light
  3. Kings of Leon – Walls
  4. Various – Triple J’s Like A Version 12
  5. Barry Gibb – In The Now
  6. Green Day – Revolution Radio
  7. Soundtrack – Suicide Squad: The Album
  8. Trophy Eyes – Chemical Miracle
  9. Lisa Mitchell – Warriors
  10. Norah Jones – Day Breaks


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