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WAM’s Song of the Year presented by Act-Belong-Commit launches with over $45k in prizes!

25 Feb

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The search for WA’s best songs is on! Presented by Act-Belong-Commit, WAM’s Song of the Year competition is open to West Australian songwriters, bands, and producers from 12pm Monday February 25th until 5pm Monday March 25th.

The competition is a true celebration of the craft and skill behind exceptional West Australian songs, with over $45,000 worth of prizes on offer across 17 different categories. This year you’ll find more cash prizes, studio time with WA’s finest, and a HUGE grand prize packed with everything you need to launch your next big release.

Ready to submit your best songs?

View the Song of the Year FAQs for more info on how to apply HERE.

View the Song of the Year Terms and Conditions HERE.

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Category prizes include:

  • $500 and a free day of recording with some of WA’s best recording engineers and producers

Grand prize includes:

  • $3,000 cash
  • A national media servicing campaign for a single or release through Firestarter Distribution
  • $1,000 voucher towards any vinyl pressing courtesy of Rhubarb Records & XVinylX
  • Two-week radio ad campaign from RTRFM 
  • A two-day recording and production session with Best Sound Engineer/ Producer (studio) WAMAward recipient, Andy Lawson of Debaser Studio
  • 500 posters distributed by The Poster Girls
  • The opportunity for a publishing & sync licensing deal with Perfect Pitch Publishing, plus a tutorial in publishing and licensing and ongoing industry mentoring
  • $600 towards a delicious feast thanks to our friends at Bivouac 
  • 1 x 1 night’s stay at the Alex Hotel
  • 4 sets of state-of-the-art triple hybrid-driver AF140 in-ear monitors by Audiofly Pro
  • Photoshoot including photo editing from music photographer Cam Campbell from @placeorpoint
  • Free orchestral arrangement and recording thanks to Macando Music
  • 4 x 6-month Spotify subscriptions
  • 1 x Music Business Strategy Day provided by Lolly Box Music, helping you build practical strategies to achieve your goals (lunch included)
  • 2 x annual I Heart Songwriting Club memberships
  • WAMFest 2019 performance offer
  • Two passes to WAMCon 2019

Plus, this year two runners up will each receive a $1,000 cash prize towards their future music endeavours, plus a bespoke pressing of 20 tapes thanks to Space Cassette, one annual I Heart Songwriting Club membership and a double pass to WAMCon 2019.

Aside from the generous prizes, WAM’s Song of the Year competition presents a unique opportunity for local artists to have their work heard by some of Australia’s leading music minds and gain direct feedback via the song evaluation option. Applicants that earn nominations will also benefit hugely from the added media exposure.

The competition recognises songwriting excellence across all genres and ages, with categories including 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.

This year WAM is also proud to introduce a new category to the competition, welcoming songs that touch on any aspect of Healthway’s valuable message of Act-Belong-Commit – from talking about the importance of community and connectedness; physical and mental wellbeing; the journey of striving for these things or enjoyment of attaining them. With mental health a growing issue facing today’s songwriters, the message serves as the perfect reminder to focus on our own wellbeing.


It’s now easier than ever to take advantage of this career-propelling opportunity. Just head to WAM’s new and much-improved Song of the Year platform at to submit your application by 5pm Monday March 25th.


  • WAM Members: WAM members receive a 3-for-1 price for their first three entries, then an additional $33* per entry thereafter. Please note you will need to add your current member number to the online form to unlock the member discount.
  • Non-WAM Members: $44* per entry. You can join WAM via the WAM website to receive your membership number prior to submitting in order to receive the special 3-for-1 entry price.
  • Schools Entries: $15* per entry. This price is for the School Age categories only.
  • Act-Belong-Commit: $10* per entry.

*All prices are in AUD and inc gst

Please note: Entries are charged on a per category basis. This means if the same song is entered in multiple categories, it will count as multiple entries.

Ready to submit your best songs?

View the full Song of the Year FAQs for more info on how to apply HERE.

View the Song of the Year Terms and Conditions HERE.

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WAM recognises the generous support of our Song of the Year partners and sponsors.

Presenting Partner

Major Partners

Category Sponsors

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

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lottery West, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.