Entries are now open for the 2018 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition!


The Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious songwriting competitions. It aims to support talented songwriters while raising much-needed funds for not-for-profit organisation Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia (NRMTA).

With thanks to Albert Music, BMG and APRA AMCOS, this year’s winning songwriter/s will take home a cash prize of A$50,000 and join the eminent company of past winners Megan Washington (2009), Kimbra (2011), The Preatures (2013), Husky Gawenda (2014) and Gretta Ray (2016).

Two runners up cash prizes are also on offer with second place receiving A$10,000 thanks to AMPAL (Australasian Music Publishers Association) and third place taking home A$5,000 courtesy of sponsor Seventh Street Media. A New ‘Unpublished’ prize of A$5,000 is also up for grabs.

It’s easy to apply; all you need is

  • • Your song/s in MP3 or M4a format
  • • A digital photo of yourself (Max. 5MB)
  • • Your biography (Max 300 words)
  • • A scanned letter of authority from your parent or guardian if you are under 18

    This is a global competition open to all songwriters – published or unpublished.

    Entry fees (A$50 per song) go directly towards the work of NRMTA, which uses music therapy to help people cope with the struggles of living with a wide range of needs. These include children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities, autism, trauma, illness, dementia, behaviour disorders and learning difficulties.

    Learn more about the organisation's great work here.
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Winners announced: April, 2018


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