WAM's Song Of The Year is an annual competition, promoting the talented, original songwriting of West Australian artists that embraces contemporary music of all genres, levels and ages.

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, Abbe May, Luke Steele and Carla Geneve.


Song of the Year 2021 presented by Act-Belong-Commit is open to all West Australian songwriters, bands, and producers and featured 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.

Entrants also had the opportunity to receive personalised feedback on their songs from leading music minds Anna Laverty, Joel Quartermain (Eskimo Joe), Sam Ford (Tone City Recording Studio) and Tenille Elkins (APRA AMCOS/NM TAFE) via the song evaluation option. More information on our evaluators is located HERE.

Grand prize includes:

  • $3,000 cash
  • 100 x colour vinyl 7 inches pressed courtesy of XVinylX and Vinyl Café
  • Radio ad campaign fromRTRFM 
  • A two-day recording and production session with Best Sound Engineer/Producer (studio) WAMAward recipient,Andy Lawson of Debaser Studio
  • A national media servicing campaign for a single or release throughFirestarter Music
  • 250 posters distributed byThe Poster Girls
  • The opportunity for a publishing & sync licensing deal withPerfect Pitch Publishing, plus a tutorial in publishing and licensing and ongoing industry mentoring
  • 1 complimentary 1 x night’s stay at theAlex Hotel
  • 4 x 3 month Spotify premium subscription codes
  • A $100 voucher for Mega Music
  • Photo shoot including photo editing frommusic photographer Cam Campbell from @placeorpoint
  • WAMFest performance offer
  • Two passes toWAMCon

The first runner-up will receive a $1,500 cash prize towards their next career move, and a $100 voucher to spend at Mega Music. The second-runner up will receive a $1,000 cash prize and a $100 voucher for Mega Music, plus both runners-up will each receive two passes to WAMCon and a 3-month premium subscription to Spotify.

Category prizes include:

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

Entries for WAM Song of the Year 2021 presented by­ Act-Belong-Commit are open from 10am WST Thursday 14 January to 5pm WST Friday 19 February via the Song of the Year website.


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