2018 Vanda & Young Songwriting competition open

The 2018 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition has officially opened.

The competition not only provides a great platform for musicians, but also raises money for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia (NRMTA). The competition has currently raised over $800,000 and is set to reach $1 million of total funds raised.

Previous recipients include Gretta Ray, Megan Washington, Kimbra, The Preatures, and Husky Gawenda.

The announcement elaborated on the prizes:

Songwriters worldwide are invited to enter the 2018 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition to go into the running for a first place cash prize of A$50,000, courtesy of APRA AMCOS, Alberts andBMG.

Two runners-up cash prizes are also on offer with second place receiving A$10,000thanks to AMPAL (Australasian Music Publishers Association) and third place taking home A$5,000 courtesy of media sponsor, Seventh Street Media. An exciting addition to the prize slate this year is A$5,000 for the best ‘Unpublished’ work.

Previous recipient Gretta Ray explained the importance of the prize on her career.

“The Vanda & Young prize made a huge impact on what I have achieved in the last year. It assisted me in being able to travel overseas to America, write and work on new music there with amazing people, and provided me with the time to wholly focus on my music. That in itself is a gift,”

Entries for the 2018 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition close 11:59pm (AEDT) 17 January, 2018.

For more information, head to: http://apraamcos.com.au/vandayoungsongcomp