Founded in 1885, Alberts is an independent Australian company which has been managed by the Albert family for five generations. Its history has intertwined with the evolution of Australia’s media and popular culture from its early days of sheet music and music publishing through to commercial radio and television and helping establish and develop Australia’s music industry.
Alberts has been a longstanding supporter of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia through its mission to transform lives through the provision of music therapy. Alberts collaborated with APRA AMCOS in 2009 to establish the Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition, named after the iconic songwriters Harry Vanda and the late George Young, to support and raise the profile of the non-profit organisation, Nordoff-Robbins Australia, and the work it does to change the lives of many.
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Sony Music Publishing celebrates the power of songwriting to connect cultures and bring people together. Our company ethos is to put songwriters at the forefront, honouring their vision, artistry and goals. We lift up our songwriters by supporting their careers, amplifying opportunities, fostering collaboration and defending their rights.
Sony Music Publishing is the world’s No. 1 music publishing company headquartered in New York with a network of 38 offices across the globe. With its songwriter-first mission, Sony Music Publishing provides best-in-class services on a global scale to all of its songwriters.
In addition to Vanda & Young, Sony Music Publishing is home to Australia and the world’s greatest classic and contemporary songwriters, including AC/DC, The Beatles, Queen, Tame Impala, Motown, Carole King, Midnight Oil, Thelma Plum, Sarah Blasko, Ed Sheeran, Paul Kelly, Leonard Cohen, Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Sarah Aarons, Rihanna, Angus and Julia Stone, AB Original, 5SOS, The Avalanches, Don Walker, Alex Hope, Empire of the Sun (Luke Steele), Hilltop Hoods, Gurrumul, May-A and Miiesha to name a few.
The Australasian Music Publishers Association Limited (AMPAL) works on behalf of its members to promote a better understanding of the value of music, both culturally and economically. AMPAL has more than 50 music publisher members in Australia and New Zealand who invest in songwriters across all genres of music. They nurture talent, promote the works of their writers and find avenues for their work to be heard. They are a vital part of an industry that contributes to the cultural and economic future of Australia and New Zealand. AMPAL members represent over 90% of the economic value of the music publishing sector.
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A scanned letter of authority from your parent or guardian if you are under 18
This is a global competition open to all songwriters – published or unpublished.
Entry fee is AUD$50 per song. All proceeds go directly towards the work of Noro Music Therapy Australia (NRMTA), which uses music therapy to help people cope with the struggles of living with a wide range of needs. These include children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities, autism, trauma, illness, dementia, behaviour disorders and learning difficulties.
Since 2009, over one million dollars has already been raised for Noro Music Therapy through the competition.
In 2009, Alberts collaborated with APRA AMCOS to establish an international songwriters competition, acknowledging great songwriting whilst supporting and raising money for Nordoff-Robbins.
Alberts is an independent music company which has been managed by the Albert family for five generations. Its history has intertwined with the evolution of Australia’s media and popular culture from its early days of sheet music and music publishing through to commercial radio and television and helping establish and build Australia’s music industry.
Alberts has been a longstanding supporter of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia through its mission to transform lives through the provision of music therapy.
The competition was fittingly named after iconic writers Harry Vanda and the late George Young who have written a string of hits since the 60’s performed by both local and international artists. Worldwide their songs have been replicated by the likes of Grace Jones to Tom Jones, David Bowie and Meatloaf.
Research shows that listening to and playing music can dramatically improve the lives of children and adults affected by a range of physical, psychological, cognitive, emotional and social difficulties.
Music can change moods, refocus attention, elicit emotions, express feelings, improve speech and motor skills, as well as promote social interaction.
A panel of experts from a cross-section of industries carefully selects the winners
APRA AMCOS Ambassadors
Andrew P Street
Dave Ruby Howe
Nina Las Vegas
Brent 'Quincy' Buchanan
Jacqui Louez Schoorl
With thanks to Alberts, BMG, Aon and APRA AMCOS, the 2020 winning songwriter, Thelma Plum took home a cash prize of A$50,000 and joined the eminent company of past winners:
Do I have to be a member of APRA AMCOS or another Performing Right Organisation (PRO) to enter?
Songwriters who have no current PRO affiliation may apply. However we do suggest that if your original songs are being broadcast on TV/Radio, streamed or downloaded for sale online or performed live in a public venue, you should join a PRO to ensure that you collect your songwriting royalties.
How many songs can I enter?
Enter as many songs as you wish! All songs, irrespective of who submitted them, will be listened to and judged individually.
What if my song is co-written, can I still apply?
You need to have contributed to the songwriting of the entered song to apply. If you win, you would be deemed the sole winner and any eventuating prizes would be divided amongst your co-writers at your discretion. Please ensure your co-writers have agreed and authorised the submission of your song into this competition.
Will APRA AMCOS or Noro Music Therapy Australia own my song if I enter?
No, you'll retain all rights to your song. APRA AMCOS and Noro Music Therapy Australia may use your song for promotional purposes only, including on our website and social media.
Will my song be judged on recording quality?
All judges have been briefed to judge a song on its songwriting merits and not how it was recorded. However, you should ensure the song is recorded in good quality so that the melody and lyrics can be heard clearly.