The finalists for this years Vanda And Young Songwriting Competition have now been announced, pitting some of Australia’s music royalty against up and comers, all of whom have excelled in their field this year. The 35-strong list was put together by a panel of 25 judges sifting through a total of 3300 entries.
Big names that have made the list this year include Bertie Blackman who has had two compositions make the shortlist as well as Josh Pyke for his recent single Leeward Side, Thelma Plum, The Preatures, Deep Sea Arcade, Emma Louise and many more.
The list you see below is just a small portion of the 1900 different applications that entered the competition from around the world. Winners will find themselves in good company, joining the likes of 2009 winner Megan Washington and 2011’s Kimbra Johnson.
Thanks to APRA AMCOS and Alberts Music, the winner will be awarded a cool $50,000, with second place receiving a cheeky $10,000 thanks to AMPAL and third place winner taking out $5,000.
We can expect the winner to be announced Friday, 16th August. Check out the full list of finalists below.
Alexander Wildwood – Summer Skin (Alexander Wildwood)
Amy McGruther – Running (Amy Rose)
Asta Binnie – I Need Answers (Asta)
Bertie Blackman – Mercy Killer (Bertie Blackman)
Bertie Blackman – Stella (Bertie Blackman)
Claire Wan – Josephine’s Amazing Get A Life Machine (Claire Wan)
Courtney Barnett – History Eraser (Courtney Barnett & The Courtney Barnetts)
Danielle Caruana – Red Wood River (Mama Kin)
Darryl Beaton – Back 2 Now (Darryl Beaton)
Emma Lobb – Boy (Emma Louise)
Imogen Clark – Ceaseless Goodbye (Imogen Clark)
Isabella Manfredi – Is This How You Feel (The Preatures)
James Lyell – Claire de Lune (Flight Facilities feat. Christine Holberg)
Jasmine Nelson – Keep Her Close (Jasmine Nelson)
Jaye Kranz – Come And Go (Brighter Later)
Josh Pyke – Leeward Side (Josh Pyke)
Katie Scott – Living The Dream (Kittens Of The Internet)
Lex Burton – Rabbit Suit (Kid Zeus)
Lilian Kendall – Blind Eyes (Lili Kendall)
Luke Bertoz – Shades (Tales In Space)
Maddy Hay – Glamorous (Maddy Hay)
Martha Marlow – Dust (Martha Marlow)
Max Sharam – Permanent Resident (Max Sharam)
Michael Best – One In Front Of The Other (Big Creature)
Nicolas McKenzie – Girls (Deep Sea Arcade)
Pat Kennedy – Forrest (Castlecomer)
Penelope Phillips – Danger Zone (Penelope Austin)
Peter Harding – Closer (Thief Urban)
Robert Conley – Paper Thin (Robert Conley)
Romy Hoffman – Archery (Romy)
Rose Wintergreen – Feet in the Sand (Rose Wintergreen)
Sanjeev Veloo – Strange Condition (EMPRA)
Thelma Plum – Breathe In Breathe Out (Thelma Plum)
Timothy Nelson – Caroline (Timothy Nelson & The Infidels)
Tom Kline – Hold On (Tom Kline)