WAM's Song Of The Year is an annual competition, promoting the talented, original songwriting of West Australian residents and embracing contemporary music of all genres, in addition to offering school-age, indigenous and regional 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. This arrangement presents a rare exposure opportunity for WA songwriters; their talents are showcased directly to leading industry practitioners, encouraging real opportunities for the songwriters’ music careers. The winners are announced at an Awards Night, further showcasing homegrown talent playing live on the night to an audience comprised of fans and industry alike.


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!





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:

  • $3,000 cash
  • a three-day recording and production session with one of Australia’s most high profile producers, Anna Laverty
  • the opportunity for a publishing & sync licensing deal with Perfect Pitch Publishing, plus an online tutorial in publishing and licensing and ongoing industry mentoring
  • 12-month Spotify subscriptions for you and your fellow songwriters
  • a National Media Servicing campaign for a single or release through Firestarter Distribution
  • a RØDE microphone package
  • expert promo & radio plugging assessment and consultation from renown Sydney-based publicist, John Zucco, from The Right Profile
  • $1,100 towards your next CD pressing plus one year’s worth of digital distribution from Diskbank
  • a state-of-the-art Audiofly in-ear monitors package valued at $1,200
  • a Cool Perth Nights “gold pass” providing free entry to all Cool Perth Nights events at Mojo’s Bar, Four5Nine, Babushka and the Rosemount Hotel for a one month period of your choice
  • a guaranteed prime spot on the 2017 WAMFest line-up


Covering all genres, there are 16 categories, each offering winners:

  • a $500 cash prize
  • studio time with WA’s best, as follows:

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 MusicPilerats, 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:

Major Partners: City of Fremantle, APRA AMCOS

Grand Prize Sponsors: Anna Laverty, Audiofly, Perfect Pitch Publishing, Firestarter Distribution, SpotifyDiskbank, The Right Profile, RØDE.

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.

Awards Sponsors: CCA Productions, Western Australian Museum, Heyder & Shears.




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.


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