Gang Of Youths, Husky, Andy Bull Among Vanda & Young Songwriting Comp Finalists

This year’s list of Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition finalists has been unveiled, and features Sydney band Gang of Youths, Melbourne folk band Husky and Sydney alt-pop musician Andy Bull, to name a few. The list of 50 finalists (in full below) was collated by judges from a total of 3,400 entries.

Gang Of Youths lead all finalists this year, with nods for two of their tracks. Other notable finalists include triple j‘s Unearthed Artist Of The Year Meg Mac, APRA’s 2014 Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year Louis Schoorl, APRA Professional Development Award winners Morgan Evans and Georgi Kay, plus indie folk groups The Audreys and Little May.

The winner of the 2014 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition will join the illustrious company of past winners Megan Washington, Kimbra and Sydney band The Preatures. This year’s judging panel features songwriters, industry professionals and journalists from around the globe.

The finalists are all now in the running to win the AUD$50,000 first prize, the AUD$10,000 second prize and AUD$5,000 third prize. An Encouragement Award of AUD$2,000 will also be donated by The Preatures, who claimed top prize last year. The award will also include a production and A&R feedback package donated by APRA AMCOS and last year’s runner-up, Robert Conley.

The largest charity songwriting competition in the world, The Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition raises funds for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia, who run a program which helps people with developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Rett Syndrome and Angelman Syndrome, and disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Dyspraxia and Spina Bifida. The competition has raised almost half a million dollars for the organisation over the past three competitions.

Jenny Morris, Chair of APRA AMCOS, has said, “This competition attracts the best of the best from around the globe. It took that talent plus time and effort on the part of the songwriters to produce this incredible mélange of music. Again the music industry shows its heart and again the less fortunate among us will benefit.”

View the 2014 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition Finalists list in full, below.

Watch: Gang of Youths – Poison Drum

2014 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition Finalists

All The Lights – Molly & Reuben (Molly Apirana)

Any Other Way – Andy McGarvie Band

Baby I Am Nobody Now – Andy Bull

Barrier – Juliet Oswell

Beautiful Mess – Paige Valentine

Diamond Sheets – Madeleine Brooks

Fortress – Esther Sparkes

Girlfriend – Streets of Laredo (Dave Gibson)

Hands Shake – Livi Mulholland

Heartbrokenly In Love – Mogadishu Family Band (Eric Fortaleza)

Henry – Loren Kate

Hide – Little May

Hollow – Hayley Warner

Honey – Olympia

Honey, Do You Know The Way Back Home? – Jack Carty

I Love You More – Marley Carter

In The Water – Sitara (Erin Fowler)

Ipswich – Georgi Kay

Jennifer Lawrence – Nova and the Experience (James Buckingham)

Kansas – Gang of Youths (Dave Le’aupepe)

Like A Tornado – Morgan Evans

Lullaby – Lisa Salvo

Mama, Say – Jesse Will

Middle Of A Riot – The Stoops (Matt Beaton)

Midnight Hour – Hannah Robinson

Mountain Lion – George Byrne

My Darlin’ Girl – The Audreys (Tristan Goodall)

My Grandfather – Lior

On My Own – Lucy Neville

Poison Drum – Gang of Youths (Dave Le’aupepe)

Poking Tongues – New Reptiles (Paul Gauvin)

Pull The Trigger – Apes (Lachlan Hodgson)

Rattlesnake Preacher – Krista Schmeling

Return To (feat. Tom Snowdon) – #1 Dads (Tom Iansek)

Roll Of The Top – Bullhorn (Simon Ward)

Roll Up Your Sleeves – Meg Mac

Roses – Lucy Mason

Run For Your Life – Louis Schoorl

Scum – Peta & The Wolves

Sirens – De̊ǰa (Rromarin)

Springtime Sun – Domenica

St Joan – Husky

Struggle Town – Sarah Aarons

The Records Flawed – The Delta Riggs (Michael Tramonte)

The River Song – Clancye Milne

Twin Rivers – Big Scary (Tom Iansek)

Under Water – Penelope Austin

Undone – Roberto De Sa and Alex Hope

Yeah Yeah – The Ninjas (Joshua Stewart)

You, Me, And The Sea (featuring Rachael Conway) – Jonathan Skovron

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