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2016/17 WAM Song Of The Year competition now open
After another massive year, WAM is looking forward to rewarding, promoting and discovering the best music written by WA songwriters in 2016, in what’s now one of Australia’s biggest songwriting competitions. Independently judged, WAM Song Of The Year 16/17 is
now open for submissions til 5PM Thursday 9 February, FINAL deadline now extended to 11.59PM Thursday 16 February, with over $40,000 worth of prizes on offer to WA songwriters of all ages, levels and genres, with songs they released or wrote (but are currently unreleased) in 2016.
Then if you win a category 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:
16 CATEGORY PRIZES
Covering all genres, there are 16 categories, each offering winners:
Artisan – Folk
Blackbird Studio – Experimental
Crank Recording – Jazz
Debaser Studio – Pop
Foxhole Studios – Outstanding Indigenous
Fremantle Records – Country
Poons Head Studios – Rock
Rada Studios – World
Shake Down Studio – Urban/Hip Hop
Shanghai Twang Studios – Blues/Roots
Sonic Lolly – Outstanding Regional
Sumo Sound – Heavy/Metal
Templeman Audio – Punk/Hardcore
Tone City Recording Studio – Electronic
Underground Studios – 15-17 Schools
Vision Studios – Schools 14 and Under
Entries are judged anonymously and independently to ensure great songwriting shines no matter the achievements, cred etc of acts. We’re pleased to announce more judges, now totaling over 60 industry expert judges (including 20+ international/east coast judges), all looking forward to being exposed to fresh WA talent. These include music directors, heads and representatives from the likes of triple j (NSW), Music Row Voice (US), The Right Profile (NSW), Branded (SINGAPORE), Music Insight, Dog Park Records, JAZZWA, Pirate 88, Gun Fever Music and many more, plus music legends Dave Hole joining previously announced judges from the likes of Pilerats, Spotify, TheMusic.com.au, Source Music, Parenthèses Records, The Orchard, RTRFM, X-Press Magazine, Firestarter Music, Perfect Pitch Publishing, Maric Media, Nannup Music Festival, Monster Management, Rotunda Media plus more announced soon.
WAM members receive a 3-for-1 price for their first three entries, meaning it’s AU$33 for the first three songs, then an additional AU$33 per song thereafter. Please note you will need to add your current member number to the online form to unlock the member discount. To become a member click here.
AU$44 per song. Or 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.
AU$15 per song. This price is for the School Age categories only.
All of this would not be possible without the incredible support from all of this year’s Song Of The Year partners and sponsors, whom WAM would like to thank:
Category Sponsors: Badlands Bar, Country Music Club of Boyup Brook WA, Cool Perth Nights/Mojos, Clancy’s Fish Pub Fremantle, Fairbridge Festival, Nannup Music Festival, Noongar Radio, Sunset Events, The Ellington Jazz Club.
Studio Sponsors: Artisan Music, Blackbird Studio, Crank Recording, Debaser Studio, Foxhole Studios, Fremantle Recording Studios, Poons Head Studios, Rada Studios, Shake Down Studio, Shanghai Twang Studios, Sonic Lolly, Sumo Sound, Templeman Audio, Tone City Recording Studio, Underground Studios, Vision Studios.
2015/16 AWARD WINNERS
At the close of the 2015/16 WAM Song Of The Year Awards Party it was Beni Bjah - with his song Survivor – holding the coveted Grand Prize. The win marks a significant moment in the competition’s history, with Beni being the first-ever Indigenous artist to take the peak honours. The full list of winners reflect the extraordinary depth of WA songwriting talent, featuring an inspiring mix ranging from established leaders in their genres (including WA Music Award and past #WAMSOTY winners) to exciting revelations of artists with big futures ahead.