Apply to the 2019 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition

Applications due April 12!

Friday, April 12, 2019



The Vanda & Young Global 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), Gretta Ray (2016) and Amy Shark (2018).

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. An ‘Unpublished’ prize of A$5,000 is also up for grabs.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    This is a global competition open to all songwriters – published or unpublished.

Enter your song

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.

Entries deadline: 11:59pm AEDT (Sydney AUS) 12 April 2019.
Winners announced:
 July 2019
If you are unable to enter online, a paper entry form (PDF) is available here.