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WAM Song Of The Year first judges announced as deadline extends by a few days

21 Jan

Championing both new and established WA music, music acts will be relieved to hear the WAM Song Of The Year entry deadline has been extended by a few days, now strictly due 11am this coming Thursday 28 January, with over $40,000 worth of prizes (including each category winner now receiving $500 cash).on offer to WA songwriters of all ages, levels and genres!

With some of the highest profile industry experts ever assembled to assess WAM Song Of The Year entries; judges this year come from all over the world (from the USA to the east coast and WA), and the latest judges announcement includes music directors, heads and representatives from the likes of triple j, Inertia, Spinning Top Music (the label behind Tame Impala, POND etc), The West Australian, Branded, triple j Unearthed, BIGSOUND, Music Matters (Singapore), The A&R Department, Sunset Events, Sweet Mate Promotions, Central Institute of Technology, local blues legend Dave Hole and more.

They join already-announced representatives from RRR, FBi Radio, 4ZZZ, Live Music Office, Music Row Voice, Maric Media, Earache Records, RTRFM, X-Press Magazine, Firestarter,, Nannup Music Festival, Perfect Pitch Publishing, Pilerats, Gun Fever Music, Association of Artist Managers, Monster Management, and more, plus artists from Mudhoney, Lubricated Goat, You Am I, Pendulum, Birds of Tokyo and Eskimo Joe, with more to be announced.

There are 16 categories covering all genres, each offering winners cash prizes, free studio recording time with WA’s best and more. Entries are judged anonymously and independently to ensure great songwriting shines no matter the achievements, cred etc of acts, and we’re pleased to announce the first round of over 50 industry expert judges looking forward to being exposed to WA talent.

Full list of announced judges here

If you win a category then you’ll also have the chance to be crowned this year’s Song Of The Year Grand Prize winner, walking away with a huge prize package including: $3,000 cash; recording time at the hit-making Albert Studios in Sydney; a RØDE Microphones package; the opportunity for a Publishing and sync licensing deal with Perfect Pitch Publishing, plus an online tutorial in publishing and licensing plus, ongoing industry mentoring; two days recording at Sonic Lolly; one online Berklee music course of your choice; 500 jewel case CDs pressed for free plus one year’s digital distribution service for an album from Diskbank; Music National Media Servicing campaign for single or release through Firestarter; AF140 In-Ear Monitors from Audiofly; the opportunity to perform at the WA Music Award-nominated State Of The Art Festival in 2016; and a guaranteed prime spot on the 2016 WAM Festival line-up.

Full list of announced partners here and studio sponsors here

The comp features 16 categories, covering all genres in Blues / Roots, Country, Electronic, Experimental, Folk, Jazz, Metal / Heavy, Punk / Hardcore, Pop, Rock, Urban / Hip Hop and World, plus extra categories for Schools (14 Years & Under), Schools (15-17), Outstanding Indigenous and Outstanding Regional. Each category winner takes away a cash prize and free recording studio time with 16 of WA’s best studios.

A reminder also that your song doesn’t need to be professionally recorded – it can be an unreleased song or demo that you’re hoping to have professionally recorded. As long as it’s a great song then it’s in with a chance to win. And with so much on offer for WA-based songwriters, there’s really no better way to get career-propelling recognition and prizes for your songs than to enter this year’s WAM Song Of The Year!






Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and The Arts Australian Government

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.