Aussies lead International Songwriting Comp finals

Saturday, 22 Apr 2017

A massive congratulations to all of our members who have been announced as finalists in the 2016 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) based in the USA. Heralded as "the songwriting competition to take note of" by the New York Times, the competition gives away more than US$150,000 in cash and prizes, including a Grand Prize to the value of US$25,000.

Australia has a history of success in this prestigious competition, with Vance Joy having taken out the grand prize in 2014.  Other previous Aussie winners include Gotye; Missy Higgins; Matt Corby; Kasey Chambers;Flight Facilities; Augie March; Guy Sebastian; Sarah Blasko; Troy Cassar-Daley; Kate Miller-Heidke; Jebediah; and many more. This year is no different with 60 Aussie songs in the finals! Australia ranks alongside the USA for the highest number of finalists.

The range of finalists this year cover many genres - rock to Americana, pop/top40 to blues, country to Christian, and many more.

“Considering that there are only 355 finalists total, this is an impressive number of finalists from one country. The calibre of songwriting from Australia is consistently high and always fares well with ISC,” said Candace Avery, Founder and Director of ISC

Over US$150,000 in cash and merchandise will be awarded to 71 winners.

Check out the full list below while you listen to a selection of the finalists on Spotify.

APRA AMCOS members recognised in the International Songwriting Competition finalists 2016:

AAA (Adult Album Alternative):
Joe Nuttal (Enota Fall), Closer
Phebe Starr, Feel My Love
Adam Carl Stephens (Shetdogs), Mind The Gap
Tom Iansek / Jo Syme (Big Scary), The Opposite Of Us
Joseph Church, When Darkness Finds You

AC (Adult Contemporary):
Greg Byrne/ Mark Fouche/ Kevin Fouche/ Alex Qasabian/ Billy Handley (Stone Parade), Only You And Me

Liam Gerner/ Eric Lynn (Liam Gerner), Hank And Tammy
Josh Rennie-Hynes, I'll Go Home
Sam Buckingham, Living In The Dark
Shane Nicholson, When The Money's All Gone
Matt Ellis, Paul Chesne, They Don't Make 'em Like They Used To

Asa Boomhall, Can't Be Trusted
Hamish Anderson, Hold On Me
Fiona Boyes, Juke Joint On Moses Lane
Aminah Hughes, Tell Me It's Over

Children's music:
Sibylla Stephen/ Bethany Stephen (Teeny Tiny Stevies), Baby In Mum's Tummy 
Kristy Coote/ Clive Young, Pretending 
Benny Thatcher (Benny Time), The Family Song 

Dave Saxby, Caving In 
Michelle V (MILOU), Wonder

Nathan Chapman (Nathleigh), Chemistry 
Keir Nuttall (Fatty Gets A Stylist), I Used To Be Cool 
Kate Miller-Heidke/ Keir Nuttall/ Louis Schoorl (Kate Miller-Heidke Ft. The Beards), I'm Growing A Beard Downstairs For Christmas 
Susi Prendergast (The Additives), The Booty Song

Kirsty Lee Akers/ Trey Bruce, Burn Baby Burn 
Katrina Burgoyne Goran Kralj/ Joe Doyle, When I'm Broken 

EDM (Electronic Dance Music): 
Shane Burgess/ D-Lake, Bleed Sunlight ft. D-Lake 
J Packer/ L Jeske (Groove State), Light Up The Sky 
Cam Nacson/ Toby Chew Lee (MOZA), On The Line 
Tim Maxx/Adam Katz, Only You

Gavin Libotte (Urban Gypsies Quartet), The Prophet

Ale Y Anton, Estilo Latino 
Oscar Jimenez (Oscar Jimenez Ft. La Phonoclorica), Vuelve A Nacer

Lyrics only: 
Shane Timmo, Closed Door 
John Walsh, Faded Star 
Tony King, The Red White And Blue

Music video: 
Glenn Cardier, Cool Under Fire- Directed by the Baker Boys 
Kirsty Lee Akers/ Jerry Salley, I Will- Directed by Jesse Anderson 

Glenn Cardier, A Case Of Mistaken Identity 
Courtney Hale/ David Strange, Broussel Sprout 
Kate Miller-Heidke/ Pip Norman, You Underestimated Me, Dude 

Pop/top 40: 
Aleisha Conlay (Allie & Ivy), Best Friends 
Matt Gresham, Survive on Love 
Ben Crawford/ Zac Crawford (Crawford Brothers), Slowly Creeping Back 

Tey Orion, 54321
Alexandra Imrich (Sarsha Simone), Darlington Peters, Casualty
Nick de la Hoyde/ Joseph de la Hoyde (Nick de la Hoyde), Thinking Bout You

David Leaupepe (Gang Of Youths), Magnolia 
Dallas Frasca/ Jeff Curran/ Josh Eales (Dallas Frasca), Wasting Time 
Timothy Carroll, Oscar Dawson, Ryan Strathie, Matthew Redlich (Holy Holy), Darwinism

Violeta Bozanic, Baby I'm Sorry

Dave Saxby, Caving In 
Lucy Lowe, Red Car, Cold Heart 
Matt Gresham, Survive on Love 

Unsigned only: 
Jordan English (Little Coyote), 80 Days 
Greg Byrne, Mark Fouche, Kevin Fouche, Alex Qasabian, Billy Handley (Stone Parade), Don't Let Me Go 
Phebe Starr, Feel My Love 
Greg Byrne, Mark Fouche, Kevin Fouche, Alex Qasabian, Billy Handley (Stone Parade), Only You And Me 
Sal Kimber (Sal Kimber & The Rollin' Wheel), Stumble In The Dark
Katrina Burgoyne, Goran Kralj, Joe Doyle (Katrina Burgoyne), When I'm Broken 

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