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Deadline extended: Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition

Media Published Wednesday 6 October 2021

UPDATE: Deadline extended until Thursday 4 November 2021!

Don't sweat it - you've got more time to enter the Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition.

Enter your songs by 4 November 2021: all genres, all styles, open worldwide. Judges announced!

Plus, very special thanks to new sponsor Jaxsta.


First place $50,000 cash prize furnished by APRA AMCOS, Alberts and Sony Music Publishing

2nd - $10,000 (courtesy Banki Haddock Fiora)

3rd - $5,000 (courtesy Aon)

The AMPAL Emerging Songwriter Prize - $5,000 (courtesy Australasian Music Publishers Association Limited)

10 x Runner-up prizes – $1,000 (courtesy anonymous donor)



The Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition is off to a big start with entries coming from all corners of the world!

Don't worry if you haven't entered yet. We are extending the deadline to 4 November to give songwriters a little more time to enter.

As always, songwriters of all genres and career stages, from anywhere in the world, can enter. Your song can be in any language, it can be instrumental, demos and unreleased songs are all eligible. Our judges consider the entries based on the quality of the songwriting.

And, not only are there cash prizes to be won (see above!) but we will announce a Top 40 shortlist to recognise all the exciting talent that is out there.

A judging panel comprised of influential artists, producers, media and music industry professionals is set, including: KLP, Jenny Morris, Anna Lunoe (Apple Music) and reps from Double J, Jaxsta, The Industry Observer, Billboard, Warner Music Australia, Universal Music Australia, EMI Music Australia and more.

As always, the full entry fee goes to support the transformative programs of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia (Noro). Since 2009, songwriters have contributed more than A$1.4m to help make NORO’s transformative programs accessible to its participants and their families.