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 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:   

  • $3,000 cash 
  • 100 x colour vinyl 7 inches pressed courtesy ofXVinylXand Vinyl Café 
  • Radio and online promotional campaign fromRTRFM 
  • A two-day recording and production session with Best Sound Engineer/Producer (studio) WAMAward recipient,Andy LawsonofDebaser Studio 
  • A four week online promotional campaign from X-Press Magazine 
  • The opportunity for a global music publishing agreement with Perfect Pitch Publishing, plus 12 months mentoring and development support in music publishing and licensing 
  • A professionally recorded, mixed and edited live artist video by Sam Ford at Tone City Recording Studio 
  • 3 x 1 hour consultations, a professional media release for your next music release, and artist biography update courtesy of Perth-based music publicity agency Will Hear 
  • 1 hour release strategy consultation, VEVO channel set-up, consideration for Ditto Plus pitching service and a 2 year subscription courtesy of Ditto Music
  • An Ocean Floor Music, Project Fund valued at $1000. Pay for music services, Mint NFT’s and reward your community on the worlds first “Create to Earn’’ music industry crowd funding platform, powered by Blockchain
  • 3 x 3 monthSpotify premium subscription codes 
  • A $550 voucher for Mega Music 
  • Two passes toWAMCon 2022 

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 Musicpromotional 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. 


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



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