Alice Ivy, Amy Shark, Gang of Youths, Georgi Kay and Gordi all received multiple nods in the Shortlist for Vanda and Young, the world’s biggest first-place cash prize for a songwriting competition.
Sydney ARIA winners Gang of Youths hold the biggest share of the Shortlist pie with four tracks included. They are: ‘Do Not Let Your Spirit Wane’, ‘Let Me Down Easy’, ‘The Heart Is A Muscle’ and ‘What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?’
Watch Gang of Youths’ clip for ‘The Heart Is A Muscle’ below:
The 40 songwriters are now vying for the first-place cash prize of AU$50,000, courtesy of APRA AMCOS, Alberts and BMG, as well as an additional AU$5,000 Show Group travel package.
Two runners-up cash prizes are also on offer with second place receiving AU$10,000 thanks to AMPAL (Australasian Music Publishers Association) and third place taking home AU$5,000 courtesy of TIO‘s parent company Seventh Street Media.
Additionally, the competition will see a new prize slate this year of A$5,000 for the best ‘Unpublished’ work.
As noted by APRA AMCOS in the announcement this morning, 25 of the finalists are making their first time appearance – including Mallrat, G Flip, Angie McMahon, Dean Lewis and Bri Clark – and 22 of them are female or female-fronted.
Coming from all over the world, including the US, Canada, Hungary and Japan, the competition received entries from 3,296 songwriters, who entered 4,056 songs.
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Their entry fees collectively contributed nearly AU$203,000 to NordoffRobbins Music Therapy Australia (NRMTA).
Here is the 2018 Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition shortlist in alphabetical order:
PERFORMER / SONG
Abbey Gardner – Weight Of Feeling
Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont – Train Wreck
Ainslie Wills – Running Second
Alex Lahey – I Love You Like A Brother
Alfie Arcuri – Same
Alice Ivy – Get Me A Drink
Alice Ivy – Chasing Stars
Amy Shark – Weekends
Amy Shark – Adore
Angie McMahon – Slow Mover
Asha Jefferies – Chaos
Bri Clark – Giving Up
Cookin’ On 3 Burners – Real Life Baby
CXLOE – Monster
Dean Lewis – Be Alright
Florian Star – Crossed Lover
G Flip – About You
Gang of Youths – Do Not Let Your Spirit Wane
Gang of Youths – Let Me Down Easy
Gang of Youths – The Heart Is A Muscle
Gang of Youths – What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?
Georgi Kay – Guilty Pleasures
Georgi Kay – Special
Gordi – Heaven I Know
Gordi – On My Side
Hatchie – Sure
Holly Arrowsmith – Love Together
Holy Holy – True Lovers
Dennis Dowlut and Maxwell Bidstrup – Paper Planes
Jack Carty – Hospital Hill
King IV – Bump
Mallrat – Better
Maya Jupiter – Inshallah
Middle Kids – Mistake
Oh Pep! – Parallel
Ruby Fields – I Want
Ruel – Don’t Tell Me
Tia Gostelow – That’s What You Get
Tim Hansen – Don’t Be A Dick
Timothy Bowen – Anchor
The winning songs will be judged by a range music industry professionals including Daniel Johns, KLP, Montaigne, and representatives from Billboard, Universal Music, triple j Unearthed and more.