Songs by rising Sydney talent Odette, Nashville-based Novocastrian country singer and songwriter Morgan Evans, and chart-topping electronic music duo The Presets are among the Top 40 finalists for the prestigious 2019 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition, announced Monday.

Odette (‘A Place That I Don’t Know’ and ‘Take It To The Heart’) The Presets (‘Downtown Shutdown’ and ‘Martini’) are two-time nominees, as are ARIA breakthrough artist winner Ruel (‘Dazed & Confused’ and ‘Younger’) and Perth singer and songwriter Bri Clark (‘Don’t Love Me’ and ‘What If I Break Your Heart’), who will compete for a range of cash prizes including a lump sum of $50,000 for the big winner.

Odette, ‘A Place That I Don’t Know’

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Other familiar names in the final batch include Dean Lewis, CXLOE, Emma Louise, Far East Movement, Holy Holy, Jarryd James, Matt Corby and more, while Françoistunes, NYNE and Hayley Mengel are tipped as ones to watch.

The final round features 23 first-timers and a good proportion are newcomers, with roughly a third of the top 40 listed as “unpublished.”

Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition
Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition

All told, the short list has been whittled down from 3,683 entries from 48 countries, and in the process raising a six-figure sum for good causes.

Applicants chip in an entry fee of $50 per submission, with all money raised going to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia (NRMTA) programs. To date, entrants have raised more than $1 million for good causes, with almost $185,000 raised this time.

“It means the world to our organisation and the children and adults we work with daily to have the support of over 3,600 songwriters from around the globe, whose competition entry fees go directly to providing much needed resources for a range of therapies and programs,” comments Belinda Leonard, CEO of NRMTA.

“A heartfelt thank you to Alberts and APRA AMCOS for championing this initiative for the past decade and thank you to songwriting legends Harry Vanda and George Young who continue to inspire.”

Ruel, ‘Dazed & Confused’

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The winning entry will take out $50,000, courtesy of APRA AMCOS, Alberts and BMG. Also, a $10,000 prize will go to a pair of the second place-getter, donated by AMPAL (Australasian Music Publishers Association), while third place will come with a $5,000 bounty thanks to entertainment insurance specialists Aon. The best “Unpublished” work will also be awarded $5,000.

Odette
Odette

The winners will be announced in July and decided by a music industry panel featuring the likes of songwriter Lior, previous Vanda & Young first-place winner Isabella Manfredi of The Preatures, triple j Unearthed’s Dave Ruby Howe and others.

The contest has been dominated by female songwriters in recent years, with the likes of Amy Shark (2018), Gretta Ray (2016), Isabella Manfredi (2013), Kimbra (2011) and Megan Washington (2009) joining the winners’ circle.

Now in its 10th year, the prize takes its name from the legendary songwriters and founding members of The Easybeats, Harry Vanda and George Young, who passed away in October 2017.

The 2019 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition shortlist is below (in alphabetical order).

PERFORMERSONGWRITERS
 Aron Blom Low Low Low Jake Mason, Aron Blom, Hjalmar
Wilenvand Felix Gothesson
 Bri Clark Don’t Love Me Bri Clark, Finlay Dow-Smith and
Isabella Kearney-Nurse
 Bri Clark What If I Break
Your Heart
 Bri Clark and Adam Spark
 Clare Bowditch Woman Clare Bowditch
 CXLOE Show You Chloe Papandrea, Sam Farrar
and Max Farrar
 David Taylor Battered David Taylor and Peter Holz
 Dean Lewis Be Alright Dean Lewis and Jon Hume
 Emma Louise Wish You Well Emma Lobb
 Far East Movement
feat. Jason Zhang and
Kina Grannis
 Bamboo James Roh, Kevin Nishimura,
Virman Coquia, Huang Shao
Feng, Zeng Yu, Max Farrar and
Colton Avery
 Françoistunes Seasons Frederick Mutswagiwa and
Andrew Wortes
 Hayley Mengel Sober Hayley Mengel
 HOLY HOLY Teach Me About
Dying
 Timothy Carroll, Ryan Strathie
and Oscar Dawson
 I Know Leopard Everything Goes
With You
 Luke O’Loughlin, Todd Andrews,
Rosemary Fitzgerald and Jenny
McCullagh
 Jarryd James Slow Motion Jarryd James and Joel Little
 Jess & Matt Virginia Phillip Barton, Jessica Dunbar
and Matt Price
 Kaiit Miss Shiney Kaiit Waup, Michael Lee Chan,
Mohamed Komba, Vincent
Goodyer and Nicholas Martin
 Little May As Loving Should Gareth Farr and Elizabeth
Drummond
 Manu Crooks feat.
Anfa Rose
 Fuego Emmanuel Adu Amankwah,
Antonio Zito, Ossama Zaki,
Wilson Batista and Jose Batista
Oliveira D’
 Matt Corby Miracle Love Dann Hume and Matt Corby
 Max Frost Money Problems Taka Perry, Clea Pratt and Max
Frost
 Morgan Evans Dance With Me Morgan Evans and Christopher
De Stefano
 Ngaiire Shiver Ngaiire, Jack Britten and Will
Cuming
 No Mono Violence Broken Thomas Iansek and Thomas
Snowdon
 NYNE I Think You’re Shannon Elliman and Sione Sisifa
 Odette A Place That I
Don’t Know
 Georgia Odette Sallybanks
 Odette Take It To The
Heart
 Georgia Odette Sallybanks and
Jason Cox
 Ruel Dazed &
Confused
 Ruel, Peter James Harding, Mark
Landon and Sean Douglas
 Ruel Younger Ruel, Mark Landon, Peter James
Harding, Sarah Aarons, Larry
Griffin and Javohn Griffin
 Sahara Beck Here We Go
Again
 Sahara Beck and Antony Buchen
 Sammi Constantine Ropes Samantha Constantine, Aaron
Lee North and Matthew Connelly
 Stella Donnelly Tricks Stella Donnelly
 The Presets Downtown
Shutdown
 Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes
 The Presets Martini Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes
 The Maes Driving Ali
Through Mining
Towns
 Elsie Rigby
 The Veronicas Think of Me Jessica Origliasso, Lisa Origliasso,
Roberto De Sa and Isabella
Kearney-Nurse
 Timothy James Bowen Sing Timothy James Bowen
 VASSY Concrete Heart Vicky Karagiorgos, Philip Bentley,
Daniel Muckala, Daniel Boselovic
and Nicholas Ditri
 Wafia I’m Good Wafia Al-Rikabi, Roget Chahayed,
John Hill and Stephen Samuel
 Winterbourne Better James Draper and Jordan Brady
 Zedd, Maren Morris &
Grey
 The Middle Sarah Aarons, Stefan Johnson,
Marcus Lomax, Jordan Johnson,
Anton Zaslavski, Kyle Trewartha
and Michael Trewartha