2018 Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition Winners Announced

2018 Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition Winners Announced

2017 and 2018 have been stellar years for Gold Coast singer/songwriter Amy Shark and the celebrations are far from over after it was announced today that she has taken out the top prize in the 2018 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition with 'Adore'.

Courtesy of APRA AMCOS, Alberts and BMG, Amy has received A$50,000 - the largest first prize for any songwriting competition in the world - saying, "It's such an honour to win the 2018 Vanda & Young Song Comp for Adore. I wrote this song in my bedroom and it's a testament to what just one piece of music can do and how important it is to keep doing what you love. I'm proud to be part of a legacy of songwriters that together have raised over $1 million dollars for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia."

Amy Shark was finally able to commit to being a full time musician when 'Adore' soared to the prestigious #2 spot on Triple J's 2016 Hottest 100, followed by winning two ARIA Awards (Best Pop Release and Breakthrough Artist) in 2017 and Pop Work of the Year at the 2018 APRA Music Awards. Her debut album, Love Monster, is to be released on 13 July and Amy has just announced she will embark on the national Love Monster tour commencing in Adelaide on 24 August.

Amy also receives an additional A$5,000 Show Group travel package awarded in honour of the late Graham Fear OAM, the greatly-admired Show Group GM and long-time Nordoff-Robbins board member and supporter who passed away in December 2017.

David Le'aupepe, frontman of APRA and ARIA Award-winning rock outfit, Gang of Youths, has claimed both 2nd and 3rd prizes with 'Let Me Down Easy' and 'The Heart is a Muscle' respectively. Currently on tour in the UK, Le'aupepe receives A$10,000 thanks to AMPAL (Australasian Music Publishers Association) and A$5,000 courtesy of media sponsor, Seventh Street Media.

On hearing of his dual win, Le'aupepe said "There's a sense of discomfort I feel when it comes to these things, because accepting praise is not exactly my forte. I never in my wildest imagined that in a competition like this, among so many actually talented writers, that I would manage to place. Thank you to those Judges who saw beauty and value in these songs of mine/ours, for it's a reminder to me that they may not be completely garbage after all. Thank you to the scores of writers more deserving and gifted than me for shining as bright as you do. Lastly, thank you APRA AMCOS and Vanda & Young for contributing to such a worthwhile initiative in NRMTA. Their work is well and truly the most extraordinary part of this."

This year a new prize was added to the pool for Best 'Unpublished' Workand the inaugural winner is another Queenslander, Grace Shaw, aka Mallrat. The Brisbane-based teenager with a knack for creating outrageously catchy pop tunes won for 'Better'.
Grace Shaw said today, "I'm so honoured to be the first winner of the Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition Unpublished prize. This category means a lot to me and all the unpublished writers out there entering songs, and I'm stoked that we helped raise over $1 million for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and their beautiful work."

Applicants paid an entry fee of $50 per submission with all money raised going directly to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia (NRMTA). This year's competition raised an astounding $203,000 from entries making a total of over $1million raised to date.

Named after the iconic songwriters and founding members of The Easybeats, Harry Vanda and the late George Young, the competition raises funds for NRMTA and its work with children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities, autism, trauma, illness, dementia, behaviour disorders and learning difficulties.

APRA AMCOS Chief Executive, Brett Cottle, said, "Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the songwriters who generously participated in the Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition. It's a special competition for many reasons, with the tremendous support for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia very heartening. Songwriters truly make a difference."

David Albert, Group CEO, Alberts, added, "On behalf of Alberts, I would like to thank all the songwriters who entered and shared their work in this year's Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition. Their support has helped to push the overall amount raised to above $1 million since the competition's inception; an incredible result and a demonstration of the commitment of the music industry to important community initiatives. It is a privilege for Alberts to partner with APRA AMCOS and BMG and we are proud to be able to continue the legacy of Harry Vanda and the late George Young."

Amy Shark joins previous winners of this prestigious competition, Gretta Ray(2016), Husky Gawenda (2014), Isabella Manfredi (2013), Kimbra Johnson (2011) and Megan Washington (2009).

1st Place - A$50,000: Adore
Amy Shark (Published by Mushroom Music Publishing)

2nd Place - A$10,000: Let Me Down Easy
David Le'aupepe of Gang of Youths (Published by Universal Music Publishing)

3rd Place - A$5,000: The Heart is a Muscle
David Le'aupepe of Gang of Youths (Published by Universal Music Publishing)

Unpublished Work - A$5,000: Better
Grace Shaw aka Mallrat (Unpublished)

Voting results were extremely tight for this year's prize pool and the organisers and judges have given the following entrants an honourable mention:

David Le'aupepe (Gang Of Youths) - Do Not Let Your Spirit Wane
David Le'aupepe (Gang of Youths) - What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out
Angie McMahon - Slow Mover
Ruel - Don't Tell Me
Amy Shark - Weekends
Hatchie - Sure
Gordi - On My Side
Ainslie Wills - Running Second
Alex Lahey - Love You Like A Brother
Dean Lewis - Be Alright

High resolution pictures of all the winners can be downloaded from here.

Please visit vandayoungsongcomp.com to see the full list of competition judges and terms and conditions. The Vanda & Young Songwriting Competitionlogo can be downloaded here.



For more information, imagery or interviews please contact:

Rina Ferris - Ferris Davies PRM
Ph: (+61) (02) 9555 5807 | rina@ferrisdaviesprm.com.au

APRA AMCOS Communications - Karen Tinman
Ph: (+61) (02) 9935 7623 | comms@apra.com.au | www.apraamcos.com.au

2018 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition Judging Panel

Andrew Mast - themusic.com.au
Bernard Zuel
Bryget Chrisfield - The Music
Cameron Adams - News Corp
Christie Eliezer - Pollstar
Dan Condon - Double J
Dan Hill - SCA
Danielle McGrane - AAP
Dave Ruby Howe - triple J Unearthed
Jake Challenor - Jaden Social
Kathy McCabe - News Corp.
Larry Heath - theaureview.com
Lars Brandle - Billboard
Lindsay McDougall - ABC Radio
Lisa Rockman - Newcastle Herald
Mickey Maher - SCA
Nathan Davies - News Corp.
Noel Mengel
Poppy Reid - The Industry Observer
Richard Wilkins - Nine Network
Rod Yates - Rolling Stone
Shannon Fong - Foxtel Music
Sosefina Fuamoli - theaureview.com

Andrew Stone - Chugg Entertainment
Becc Bates - Arts SA
Cathy Oates - Original Matters
Daniel Nall - Rabble Records
Dave MacGregor - Macsta Management
Greg Carey - Grow Yourself Up
Jenny Morris - APRA Chair, Songwriter
Lance Ferguson - Musician, Songwriter, Producer
Michael Taylor - Universal Music Group
Nicole Millar - Singer, Songwriter
Peter Karpin - Sony Music
Rowan Brand - RedGreenBlueCo

Andrew Mackay - Composer
David Ryan Harris - Songwriter
Greg Haver - Producer

Amanda Brown
Brendan Gallagher
Chit Chat von Loopin Stab
Eric Chapus
Grant Windsor
James Blundell
Les Gock
Notes for editors:

Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia use creative music therapy to deliver significant and quantifiable benefits to children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities, trauma, mental health problems, depression and medical illnesses, as well as learning, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Using improvised live music to build a relationship between the music therapist and the participant where they interact and communicate in a participatory form of therapy, the power of music acts as the agent for change and healing. Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia receives no government funding yet assist some of the most disadvantaged in our community so fundraisers like Art of Music play an essential and vital role in assisting to continue the great work. For more information: noro.org.au

Founded in 1885, Alberts is an independent Australian company which has been managed by the Albert family for five generations. Its 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 commercial radio and television and helping establish and develop Australia's music industry.

Alberts has been a longstanding supporter of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia through its mission to transform lives through the provision of music therapy. Alberts collaborated with APRA AMCOS in 2009 to establish the Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition, named after the iconic songwriters Harry Vanda and the late George Young, to support and raise the profile of the non-profit organisation, Nordoff-Robbins Australia, and the work it does to change the lives of many.

BMG is a new kind of media company. Our mission is clear; to help artists and songwriters make the very most of their songs and recordings in the digital age.
BMG. The New Music Company.

APRA AMCOS is a key business partner to Australasian music creators. We represent 95,000 members who are songwriters, composers and music publishers. We license organisations to play, perform, copy or record our members' music, and we distribute the royalties to our members.
As a world-leading organisation invested in the future of music, APRA AMCOS enables music creators and customers to maximise the value music brings to business and life. We achieve this through a simple and effective licensing framework, and providing holistic industry support - from education, to live music, export, creators' rights advocacy and recognition through our high profile awards and events program.

AMPAL The Australasian Music Publishers Association Limited (AMPAL) works on behalf of its members to promote a better understanding of the value of music, both culturally and economically. AMPAL has more than 50 music publisher members in Australia and New Zealand who invest in songwriters across all genres of music. They nurture talent, promote the works of their writers and find avenues for their work to be heard. They are a vital part of an industry that contributes to the cultural and economic future of Australia and New Zealand. AMPAL members represent over 90% of the economic value of the music publishing sector.

Seventh Street Media is Australia's largest music publisher overseeing brands and platforms that are a catalyst for conversation and a vehicle to capture the hearts and minds of music fans.
Its titles include The Industry Observer, Tone Deaf, The Brag, Don't Bore Us and J Play.

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