2019 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition now open

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The 2019 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition is now open for entries. Songwriters from around the world are invited to enter the competition.

The first-place cash prize of A$50,000 is the biggest of any songwriting comeptition in the world, and is courtesy of APRA AMCOS, Alberts and BMG.

AMPAL is proud to once again sponsor the second place price of A$10,000, with third place receiving A$5,000.   

And back again is the 'Unpublished' category, which comes with A$5,000 cash for the winner .

APRA Music Award winner Amy Shark won the 2018 first place prize with her song Adore, the breakthrough single that propelled her to a debut #1 ARIA album with Love Monster, sold-out arena tours and international TV performances. "Adore connected with fans in a magical way and opened so many doors for me. Winning the Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition was an incredible honour and helped me fund the next phase of my career," said Amy.   

Last year's competition brought in an all-time high 4,056 entries from 3,296 songwriters in 30 countries. And in the decade since the first Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition was won by Megan Washington, songwriters have helped raise over A$1 million to help fund the important work of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia (NRMTA). 

100% of the $50 per song entry fee goes to supporting NRMTA's programs, which use music therapy to help children and adults cope with the struggles of living with a wide range of needs due to physical and intellectual disabilities, autism, trauma, illness, dementia, behaviour disorders and learning difficulties. 

A judging panel of 64 influential artists, producers, media and music industry professionals have come on board, including award-winning songwriter Lior, previous Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition first-place winner Isabella Manfredi of The Preatures, triple j Unearthed's Dave Ruby Howe, and producer Franc Tetaz. 

Founding partner, David Albert, Chief Executive of Alberts said: "Alberts is proud to be once again presenting the 2019 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition in conjunction with partners APRA AMCOS and BMG. Now in its 10th year, this wonderful initiative continues to support the vital services provided by Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia while recognising the legacy of Harry Vanda and the late George Young." 

Matthew O'Sullivan, General Manager of AMPAL said: “AMPAL is extremely proud to again support the 2019 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition to recognise ad celebrate exceptional songwriting, while also contributing to the vital work of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia.”

Entries close 12 April 2019, with the winners announced in July.

For more information and entry details, go to: http://apraamcos.com.au/vandayoungsongcomp/