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2016-17 NOMINEES + AWARDS PARTY LINE-UP
Having already exposed the songwriting talents and boosted the careers of Methyl Ethel, Tired Lion, KUČKA, Mathas, Timothy Nelson, Beni Bjah and many more in recent years, it’s time to again cast eyes (and ears!) on WA’s next crop of stars in the making as we reveal the 2016-17 nominees for WAM Song Of The Year, WA’s premier song competition, and one of Australia’s biggest.
Vying for a share in over $40,000 worth in prizes over 16 categories covering all genres, leading the pack is Riley Pearce with three nominations. Scoring two noms are Bill Lawrie, The Brow, The Decline, Harry Mitchell, The Intenso Band, Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble, Lilt, Morgan Bain, Rag n’ Bone, Scalphunter and The Struggling Kings.
The rest of the nominations pool features an inspiring mix of songs from both established acts and new discoveries, with the winners to be revealed at an epic public WAM Song Of The Year Awards Party on Wednesday 17 May. This year’s party will be another harbourside sunset soiree, debuting at the WA Maritime Museum with MC Magnus Danger Magnus, DJ Charlie Bucket, The Money War, Ben Matthews Presents LIVEWYRE and Fremantle local Dan Howls, all guaranteed to keep the good times rolling. Presale tickets are $20+BF (WAM members) $25+BF (non members) available via Moshtix. Capacity is strictly limited and this event is likely to sell-out.
Best of luck to all noms, and we can’t wait to celebrate great songwriting and good times with everyone on Wednesday 17 May!
FULL LIST OF #WAMSOTY NOMINEES
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
We’re pleased to have had the songs judged independently by over 60 industry expert judges (including 20+ international/east coast judges), all 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, 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 and Rotunda Media and many more, plus music legends Dave Hole, Paul Harding (Pendulum – UK), Fiona Kitschin (The Drones – VIC) and Rob Younger (Radio Birdman – NSW).
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.