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First established in 1989, the annual Song of the Year Competition coordinated by WAM and presented by Act-Belong-Commit invites songwriters, musicians and bands across Western Australia to submit their songs for a chance to win across multiple categories. The songs are anonymously and independently judged by an expansive range of music industry experts, with the winner of each category also in the running for the Grand Prize. Each year an Awards night is held to announce the winners and showcase some of West Australia’s best home-grown talent.
The competition presents a rare exposure opportunity for WA songwriters to showcase their talents to industry practitioners, with the option to receive direct feedback on their submitted songs. Previous winners of the competition have included iconic WA acts Stella Donnelly, Beni Bjah, Kučka, Little Birdy and Abbe May.
Song of the Year 2022 presented by Act Belong Commit is open to all West Australian songwriters, bands, and producers and features 17 categories, including; Blues/Roots, Country, Electronic, Experimental, Folk, Jazz, Metal/Heavy, Punk/Hardcore, Pop, Rock, Urban/Hip Hop, Global and Act Belong Commit, plus extra categories for Schools 14 Years & Under, Schools 15-18, Outstanding Indigenous and Outstanding Regional. All winners will be celebrated at the WAM Song of the Year Awards Night, with one song selected to win the coveted grand prize.
GRAND PRIZE includes:
The first runner-upwill receive a $1,500 cash prize, $300 voucher to spend at Mega Music, a 30 minute consultation and Ditto Plus consideration from Ditto Music, promotional campaign fromX-Press Magazineand 2 x 3 month subscriptions for Spotify Premium. The second-runner up will receive a $1,000 cash prize, $150 voucher for Mega Music, promotional campaign from X-Press Magazine and a 3 month subscription for Spotify Premium. Both runner-ups will also be taking home two passes to WAMCon 2022 and a 2 year subscription to Ditto Music.
CATEGORY PRIZES includes: