2016 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition finalists announced

Tuesday, 04 Oct 2016

APRA AMCOS and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia are proud to announce the finalists in the 2016 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition. 

The judging panel was blown away by the quality of the entries received and had the unenviable task of narrowing the field from the 3934 songs submitted.

With APRA AMCOS celebrating its 90th year in 2016, 90 songs made the shortlist, and are now in the running for the incredible A$50,000 first prize courtesy of APRA and Alberts Music. Second prize is A$10,000 thanks to AMPAL (Australasian Music Publishers Association) and third prize is A$5,000 courtesy of sponsor, AEG Ogden.  All winners will also take home a microphone prize pack from Shure.

The competition had 2412 applicants from 20 different countries who ranged in age from 82 years to 11 years.

The 90 finalists are a diverse group that includes established talent and new kids on the block across a variety of genres. Highlighting that range are the seven artists with two songs in the shortlist; Client Liaison, Emma Louise, Gordi, Katrina Burgoyne, King Social, Louis Schoorl and Oh Pep! 

Other shortlisted artists include BIGSOUND buzz acts Middle Kids, Sampa the Great and Tash Sultana; recent triple j Unearthed High winner Gretta Ray; and well-known names like Abbe May, Jarryd James, Josh Pyke, M-Phazes, Ngaiire, Sheppard and Urthboy.

Applicants paid an entry fee of $50 per submission with all money raised going directly to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia.  We are delighted to reveal that this year’s competition raised an astounding $196,700 from entries.  Another $3,300 was generously donated by a former recipient of the prize, taking the final amount raised to $200,000 for this very worthy cause.

The three prize winners will be announced on 27 October, 2016

Want to hear or share the shortlisted songs? We’ve put together playlists on Spotify and Apple Music with all the shortlisted tracks available on those services:

2016 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition finalists

Song: Seventeen
Entrant: Abbe May

Song: Birds Don't Sing In Nashville
Entrant: Alesa Lajana

Song: Tell Me
Entrant: All Our Exes Live in Texas

Song: As Before
Entrant: Anders

Song: Is That Too Much To Ask
Entrant: Andrew Cavanagh

Song: Chest
Entrant: Aurelia

Song: Brother Coda (Electric)
Entrant: Auto

Song: Skid Row
Entrant: Ben Drysdale

Song: Rise
Entrant: Birdz feat. Jimblah

Song: Dire Love
Entrant: BRUVVY

Song: Pressure in an Empty Space
Entrant: Buchanan

Song: West LA
Entrant: Charlz

Song: Setting Out
Entrant: Citizen Of The World

Song: Your Fix
Entrant: City Calm Down

Song: Dire Consequences
Entrant: Clea

Song: World Of Our Love
Entrant: Client Liaison

Song: A Foreign Affair
Entrant: Client Liaison

Song: Learning To Fly
Entrant: Deep Sea Arcade

Song: Cold
Entrant: Drax Project

Song: First Light
Entrant: Dustin Tebbutt

Song: Soho
Entrant: Elki

Song: Underflow
Entrant: Emma Louise

Song: West End Kids
Entrant: Emma Louise

Song: Rancid
Entrant: Faint Capsule

Song: I Want
Entrant: Finlay Tate

Song: Signals
Entrant: Fragile Animals

Song: October
Entrant: Frank Society

Song: Tell Me That I'm Wrong
Entrant: Future Jr.

Song: The Hallway of My Heart
Entrant: Generations: Mike & Aleksi Glick

Song: Gemini
Entrant: What So Not ft. George Maple

Song: Slave to Nothing
Entrant: Georgia Fair

Song: Transparency
Entrant: Good Boy

Song: Can We Work It Out
Entrant: Gordi

Song: Nothing's As It Seems
Entrant: Gordi

Song: Drive
Entrant: Gretta Ray

Song: Inside Your Mind
Entrant: Gypsy & The Cat

Song: Love's Gone
Entrant: Haarlo

Song: Half Past Ten
Entrant: Hannah Robinson

Song: Darwinism
Entrant: Holy Holy

Song: Meet In The Sky
Entrant: J Motor

Song: Forces
Entrant: Japanese Wallpaper feat. Airling

Song: Claim My Love
Entrant: Jarryd James

Song: America, Won't You Make My Dreams Come True?
Entrant: Jordie Lane & The Sleepers feat. Lollies

Song: Be Your Boy
Entrant: Josh Pyke

Song: Heavy As A Heartbreak
Entrant: Just A Gent feat. Lanks

Song: When I'm Broken
Entrant: Katrina Burgoyne

Song: Tryin' To Get To Georgia
Entrant: Katrina Burgoyne

Song: Lonely Cities
Entrant: Tigertown

Song: Hypocrite
Entrant: King Social

Song: It Goes Around
Entrant: King Social

Song: Take Me Back
Entrant: Kirsty Lee Akers

Song: 1 In 100,000
Entrant: L-FRESH The LION

Song: Coast to Coast
Entrant: Lavers

Song: Up In The Air
Entrant: Lisa Crawley

Song: Prisoner in My Own Town
Entrant: Lizzie Flynn

Song: Secrets in our Sleeves
Entrant: Lost Woods

Song: No More
Entrant: Louis Schoorl

Song: All This Time
Entrant: Louis Schoorl

Song: Tease
Entrant: Lucy Neville

Song: Hold Me Down
Entrant: M. Phazes feat. Thief

Song: Man Overboard
Entrant: Maddy Rodriguez

Song: Survive On Love
Entrant: Matt Gresham

Song: Dreams - Could Take You Somewhere
Entrant: Michael Walker

Song: Edge Of Town
Entrant: Middle Kids

Song: Good Girls
Entrant: Mild Things

Song: Why Don't You Stay
Entrant: Morgan Bain

Song: House On A Rock
Entrant: NGAIIRE

Song: Doctor Doctor
Entrant: Oh Pep!

Song: The Race
Entrant: Oh Pep!

Song: The Highs
Entrant: Panama

Song: Zips, Netflix & Dinner For Six
Entrant: Rachel Maria Cox

Song: Wrap Me In A Fever
Entrant: Ruby Boots

Song: Golden Years
Entrant: Ruel

Song: Me And You ~ #BLM
Entrant: Ruva Ngwenya

Song: The Game
Entrant: Sammi Constantine

Song: Blue Boss
Entrant: Sampa The Great

Song: Fox Amongst Bears
Entrant: Shake Your Blood

Song: Sorry
Entrant: Sheppard

Song: Call On Me
Entrant: Starley

Song: When I Die
Entrant: Taasha Coates/The Audreys

Song: Notion
Entrant: Tash Sultana

Song: I'll See Her Again
Entrant: Jordi White

Song: It's Our Time
Entrant: The Brown Wunda

Song: Impact
Entrant: The Creases

Song: Burnout
Entrant: The Lulu Raes

Song: Revelator Eyes
Entrant: The Paper Kites

Song: 4 Seats From Beyoncé
Entrant: Tia P.

Song: Ordinary Lives
Entrant: Tinpan Orange

Song: Daughter Of The Light
Entrant: Urthboy

Song: Hallway
Entrant: Why We Run

Full details of the competition, including judges and terms and conditions, can be found here

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