All the details for submitting your song/s to the 2020 WAM Song of the Year presented by Act-Belong Commit!

Applications for Song of the Year 2021 have been extended to 5pm AWST Friday 19 February!.

WHAT YOU NEED BEFORE YOU APPLY

Before beginning your application, ensure to have the following ready;

  • MP3 versions of your tracks (ideal file size below 15MB)
  • Lyrics for all songs (unless instrumental). If your songs are performed in a language other than English, ensure to have an English translation ready for submission.
  • If you have co-written any of the songs, information on your fellow songwriters (name, age, preferred gender, indigenous heritage y/n)
  • Social media links
  • Credit or debit card details
  • Please make sure you have read the Terms & Conditions  here

CATEGORIES

Please ensure to review the Terms & Conditions for additional information on the category eligibility and submission process.

Blues / Roots
Country
Electronic
Experimental
Folk
Jazz
Metal / Heavy
Punk / Hardcore
Pop
Rock
Hip Hop / New R&B
Global
Schools (14 Years & Under)
Schools (15-18 Years*)
Outstanding Indigenous
Outstanding Regional
Act Belong Commit Category

* if the songwriter was 18 at the time of writing the submitted song/s, they must be enrolled in a Year 12, or would otherwise be turning 18 in Year 12 (if they left school prior to commencing year 12).

PRICING

WAM Members: WAM members receive a 3-for-1 price for their first three entries, meaning it’s $35* for the first three songs, then an additional $35* per song thereafter. Please note you will need to add your current member number to the online form to unlock the member discount.
Non-WAM Members: $45* per song. 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.
Schools Entries: $15* per song. This price is for the School Age categories only.
Act Belong Commit: $10* per song.

*All prices are in AUD and inc GST

APPLICATION TIPS & TRICKS!

  • To receive discounted entries to this year’s competition, sign up or renew your WAM Membership here. WAM members receive a 3-for-1 price of $35 for their first three entries, then $35 for every additional entry in the main categories.
  • The form won’t accept separate applications using the same email, so ensure you enter all song submissions in the same application. If that’s not possible, you’ll need to use a secondary email address for the second application.
  • All songs are judged anonymously, so do not include your personal, act/artist name in the lyrics section of the form. This is crucial to ensuring all songs receive a fair evaluation.
  • The form cannot be saved, so please complete the application in one session.
  • You can submit the same song to multiple categories in one step, by ticking the additional categories in the ‘Add Song’ function.
  • Please note it may take a few minutes for your song to upload depending on internet speed, so do not close the ‘Add Song’ window during the upload process.
  • Outstanding Indigenous and Outstanding Regional categories are free bonus categories which your songs will automatically be entered into if you’re eligible.

EVALUATIONS

WAM Song of the Year will again be offering the opportunity to have your songs evaluated by some of WA and Australia’s finest songwriters and producers. This option and your elected evaluator are selected during the application process. This option will incur an additional fee outlined below. Additional information on evaluations and the 2021 evaluators is located HERE.

Anna Laverty
Producer/Mixer/Engineer, credits include Courtney Barnett, Florence and the Machine, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.
Via video call | $60 per song

Joel Quartermain
Eskimo Joe/Freelance Songwriter & Producer
Written evaluation | $75 per song

Sam Ford
Tone City Recording Studio/Leopard Lake
Via video call | $30 per song

Tenille Elkins
APRA AMCOS/North Metropolitan Tafe
Written evaluation | $30 per song

KEY DATES

Thursday 14 January 2021 – Applications open
Friday 19 February 2021 – Applications close

GOT QUESTIONS?

You can contact our WAM Song of the Year Coordinator and Industry Development Officer, Claire Hodgson, via email on claire@wam.org.au or call our office during business hours on 08 6156 1234.