Good news musos of Perth! The 2017 WAM Song Of The Year competition entry period has been extended to 11.59PM next Thursday, Feb 16, 2017. So if you haven’t got your applications in, now is the time to do it! Enter here.
There are $40,000 worth of awesome prizes to be won including studio recording time, Spotify subscriptions, a publishing & sync licensing deal, a microphone package, the list goes on!
Just ask Beni Bjah, who took out the most recent WAM Song of the Year Grand Prize, about his journey! The first ever Indigenous winner, his career has taken off in leaps and bounds, going from relative obscurity to scoring Triple J airplay, a heap of international and national supports, playing festivals, and even becoming a TV spokesperson on Indigenous matters.
He’s also just released his new single, Cruel Country, related to Australia Day and date change issues. Featuring Optamus from Downsyde, Gina Williams and more, it has been added to Triple J Unearthed rotation and looks set for big things.
Beni Bjah won the 2015/16 WAM Song Of The Year Award with his song Survivor, marking a significant moment in the competition’s history, with Beni being the first-ever Indigenous artist to take peak honours. Beni’s profoundly unapologetic lyrics and well-crafted songwriting stood tall next to some of WA’s most applauded songwriters, a testament to the competition being all about the songs and not the stature of artists.
There are 16 categories covering all musical genres, so everyone is accommodated for. Judging is anonymous and independent as to ensure only the best songwriting is awarded. Over 60 judges have been handpicked from the top tiers of the music industry, including right here at X-Press! For the full list of judges announced so far, head here.
For more information on the Song Of The Year competition head to wam.org.au