Research shows that listening to and playing music can dramatically improve the lives of children and adults affected by a range of physical, psychological, cognitive, emotional and social difficulties. Music can change moods, refocus attention, elicit emotions, express feelings, improve speech and motor skills, as well as promote social interaction.

All proceeds raised by the Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition go to not-for-profit organisation Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy AustraliaNow in its fifth year, over half a million dollars has already been raised for Nordoff-Robbins through the competition.

The 2016 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition is your opportunity to be heard, to invest in your career and to make a difference.

Founded in 1885, Alberts is an independent music company which has been managed by the Albert family for five generations. Their history has intertwined with the evolution of Australia’s media and popular culture from its early days of sheet music and music publishing through to the birth of commercial radio and television and helping establish and build Australia’s music industry.

Today the music company continues to focus on career development and music rights management, supporting its writers and artists through its studios, publishing, record label, creative services and people. Since the late 1990’s, Alberts has been a longstanding supporter of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia and its mission to transform lives through the provision of music therapy.

It was in 2009, Alberts collaborated with APRA AMCOS to establish an international songwriters competition, acknowledging great songwriting whilst supporting and raising money for Nordoff-Robbins.

The competition was fittingly named after iconic writers Harry Vanda and George Young who have written a string of hits since the 60’s performed by both local and international artists. Worldwide their songs have been replicated by the likes of Grace Jones to Tom Jones, David Bowie and Meatloaf.


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