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Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition - Kimbra Announced as 2011 winner!

15 July 2011 - 0 Comments

After receiving over 4000 entries from talented songwriters across the globe, APRA|AMCOS and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia are proud to announce Kimbra (Kimbra Johnson) as the Winner of the 2011 Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition for her song ‘Cameo Lover’, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elyk9MBY72Utaken from her upcoming debut album VOWS out August 29. 

Voted by the 18 member music industry judging panel, Kimbra is joined by Catherine Britt in Second Place for her song ‘Sweet Emmylou’ and Gotye (pronounced Gore-ti-yeah, Wally de Backer)in Third Place for his song ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’.

Congratulations go to all three winners!

Kimbra said of her win, “Thanks to APRA|AMCOS, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia, sponsors and the judges for the honour of receiving first prize, it’s a great gift being able to write and share songs and even more amazing to be recognised this early on in my career. You never imagine where a song can lead when you write it; it's awesome to have the hard work that went into Cameo Lover acknowledged at this level.”

Further details on the Winners (including a bio, photo and YouTube link to the winning song), the Top 12 Finalists and the Top 40 Highly Commended songwriters can be found here - www.vandayoungsongcomp.com/winners.html

With 100% of the $50 AUD entry fee going directly to support Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia, over $200,000has been raised for the charity – an increase of $70,000on the amount of money raised in the Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition’s inaugural year.

Since 1984, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia has promoted and developed the understanding, training and practice of creative music therapy. The therapists work with children and adults, utilising music’s interactive and participatory nature as an agent for change and healing. To find out more, go to: http://www.nordoff-robbins.com.au/.

The Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition is open to all songwriters whether published or unpublished, be they professional, amateur, local or international and regardless of genre. The Top 12 Finalists (all from Australia and New Zealand) were announced on Monday and are listed below in alphabetical order:

Alex Burnett – Sparkadia - ‘China’
Catherine Britt – Catherine Britt - ‘Sweet Emmylou’
Husky Gawenda – Husky - ‘Tidal Wave’
Jessica Chapnik Kahn – Appleonia -‘Lost At Sea’
Katy Steele – Katy Steele -  ‘New Born’
Katy Steele – Katy Steele - ‘Brother’
Kevin Mitchell – Jebediah – ‘She’s Like A Comet’
Kimbra Johnson – Kimbra – ‘Cameo Lover’
Mark Sholtez – Mark Sholtez - ‘The Mystery Of You’
Ohad Rein – OldManRiver – You’re On My Mind’
Tobias Priddle – Boy In A Box – ‘Moon Comes Up’
Wally de Backer – Gotye – ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’

The Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition is only in its second year but has quickly become Australia’s most prestigious and lucrative songwriting competition.  Megan Washington was the inaugural winner with her song ‘How to Tame Lions’. The 2011 music industry judging panel is made up of the following members:

Mark Atkins
Amanda Brown
Eric Chapus
Charles Fisher
Brendan Gallagher
Les Gock
Julian Hamilton
Cath Haridy
Kate Miller-Heidke
Simon Moor
Jenny Morris
Pat Pattison (Intl Judge, Berklee Music)
Josh Pyke
Iain Shedden
Rai Thistlewayte
Roma Waterman
John Watson
Jonathan Zwartz

With the generous support of sponsors, the talented winning songwriters will each take home the following incredible prize packages:

The winner will take home a prize package valued at over $50,000 AUD:

· $20,000 AUD cash prize
· Business class travel to London and accommodation courtesy of Showtravel valued at $10,000 AUD
· Co-writing sessions at Kensaltown Studios, LondonUK with the following world-class successful songwriters (depending upon availability at time of travel to the UK):

o Ron Sexsmith(Michael Buble, Feist) http://www.ronsexsmith.com/

Martin Terefe(Train, Jason Mraz) http://www.martinterefe.com/

Sacha Skarbek(Adele, James Blunt)http://www.sachaskarbek.com/

James Bryan(Nelly Furtado)http://www.jamesbryanmusic.com/

Paul Herman(Dido)http://www.paulherman.co.uk/

· 30-sec. TV Commercial – Courtesy of XYZ Networks valued at $5,000 AUD
· Two days studio time and engineering at Studios 301 in either Sydney, ByronBay, Stockholm or Cologne. Approximate value $4,499 AUD.
· Les Paul ‘Studio’ electric guitar valued at $2,500 AUD, courtesy of Gibson Guitar Corp and The Gibson Foundation.
· $1500 AUD cash for travel expenses courtesy of PPCA
· Online music course from Berkleemusic.com, the online extension school of Berklee College of Music.  The winner will have the ability to choose any 12-week course from Berkleemusic’s extensive course catalogue. Total value of this prize is $1,200 USD.
· Live gig to perform the winning song at Song Summit 2012, DarlingHarbour, 26 – 28 May 2012.
· 3 day pass to attend Song Summit 2012
· 2 tickets to attend 2012 APRA Music Awards, Monday 28 May 2012 (following Song Summit)
· R-09HR: High-Resolution WAVE/MP3 Recorder courtesy of Roland. Valued at $699.

Prizes will also be awarded for second and third place as follows:

Second Prize

· $5000 AUD cash prize
·
 BerkleePress song writing books, including Melody in Songwriting;
Songwriter's Workshop: Harmony; Lyric Form and Structure; Rhyming; Popular Lyric Writing; Essential Songwriter; Writer, Producer, Engineer.
Total value of this prize is $200 USD
· Live gig to perform the winning song at Song Summit 2012, DarlingHarbour, 26 – 28 May 2012 - http://www.songsummit.com.au/
· 3 day pass to attend Song Summit 2012
· 2 tickets to attend 2012APRA Music Awards, Monday 28 May 2012 (following Song Summit)
· Boss Micro BR + Earphones/Guitar Cable Set + Case. The ultimate palmtop guitar companion and recording studio, with four simultaneous playback tracks (plus 32 V-Tracks), MP3 compatibility, onboard multi-effects, built-in rhythm patterns, onboard tuner, USB, SD Card slot, and more. Courtesy of Roland Corporation, valued at $467.

Third Prize

· $2,500 AUD cash prize
· 
Pat Pattison Berklee Press collection, which includes: Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure and Songwriting: Essential Guide to Rhyming.  Total value of this prize is $50 USD
· Live gig to perform the winning song at Song Summit 2012, DarlingHarbour, 26 – 28 May 2012 - http://www.songsummit.com.au/
· 3 day pass to attend Song Summit 2012
· 2 tickets to attend 2012 APRA Music Awards, Monday 28 May 2012 (following Song Summit)
· Boss Micro BR. The ultimate palmtop guitar companion and recording studio, with four simultaneous playback tracks (plus 32 V-Tracks), MP3 compatibility, onboard multi-effects, built-in rhythm patterns, onboard tuner, USB, SD Card slot, and more. Courtesy of Roland Corporation, valued at $349.

http://www.vandayoungsongcomp.com/winners.html

http://www.vandayoungsongcomp.com/winners-2011-kimbra.html

KIMBRA – VOWS – AUGUST 29, 2011


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