ASA National Songwriting Contest 2015 TOP 30 RESULTS

The long-awaiting Top 30 Results of this year’s Song Contest are now out, and listed below. Please note, the Top 10 will be revealed at the National Songwriting Awards in Sydney on Fri 4 Dec (see home page for details on tickets). Top 10 will be posted here one week after the event!

  • Please note that songs are listed in alphabetical order of Title, and some songs were moved to different Categories than what they were entered into, when judges recommended this. You may like to cross check all Category lists for your songs.
  • Please also note that many of the Top 30 lists include a few more than 30 Finalists, due to some of the songs scoring the same ratings in the first rounds of judging, and rather than only accepting only 30 songs, we decided to list all songs that were within the Top 30 bracket.
  • Please remember that the Top 10 will not be revealed until the National Songwriting Awards, on 4 December 2015, and information on how to attend that event is on the homepage. If you are not able to attend the event, you will be able to see the Top 10 on the website a few days after the show.
  • Please also realise that getting into the Top 30 is an extremely difficult accomplishment, as the Contest attracts thousands of entrants and the quality is extremely high. If you have missed out this year, it by no means suggests that your entries may not have been very good.lots of great entries had to be bypassed in the excruciating culling process that our judges go through.
AUSTRALIA CATEGORY TOP 30 2015
Song Title Writer/s
(It’s Time That You) Came Home Mike Cardy
A little Bit Long Way Stewart Peters
Another One Down Clair Hayes, Peter Knight
Aunty Tiny Tony English
Back Creek Road Kerrie Garside
Bouquets Of Love Lola Brinton  Shawn  Lidster
Bow Legs Tony Murphy, Jennifer Matthews, Paul  Harris
Cabarita Morning Steve Montgomery
City Sounds Ben Campain
Clarence River Valley Josy Billing
Come On People Anica Karu
Country Footy Stewart Peters
Fools and Angels Peter Bowen
Fool’s Game Keri McInerney
Great & Ancient Land Lloyd Clarke
Gun Shearer Kathy Coleman
Gypsy In My Heart John Williams
Heart of the Valley Michael Waugh
Hippy Cowgirl (Album Demo Version) Wendy Ford
His Name Was Henry Lola Brinton  Brad  Cole
I Remember You Kayelene Carruthers
I Wrote This One For You Becci Nethery
Livin On Air Lynn Hazelton
Made It To Tamworth Kerrie Garside
Melbourne Kinda Night Mitchell Power
Melita Station Lynn Hazelton, Bill Chambers
Murray River dreaming Glen Naylor, Chris  Wilson
Poppies Tylah Rose Winyard, Jennifer Matthews, Paul  Harris
Sydney Morning Christopher Orchard
The Keepers of the Land Graham  Howle
Through The Eyes of a Boy Wendy Wood
Today I Could Be Dead Lola Brinton  Sven  Tydeman
While Women Wait John Walsh  Imogen  Clark
Woman Waiting Rob Imeson

 

BALLAD CATEGORY TOP 30 2015
Song Title Writer/s
A Hero in us All Karen Guymer
Big Love Emma-Kate  Stampton
February Sky Lloyd Clarke
Fly Katie Hardyman
Fly Away Lori Greco
For You Peter Salata
He’s Being Your Mum Deborah Robertson
I Feel Sorry For The Stars Tonight Susan Muranty
I Lied Danielle Deckard
I’ll Stay Here Anita Paul
Im Not Finished Yet Christopher Orchard
I’m Sorry Is Just Not Enough Steve Montgomery
It Feels Right Karen Guymer
Just Wanna Say Hello Katie Hardyman
Little Piece of Love Karen Guymer, Jacques  Gentil
Little tears Kathy Coleman
Love Dances in the Rain – Duet Karen Guymer
Luckiest Lovers snez dalceska
Made For Loving You Donna Dyson,  Damien Leith
Nothing Short of a Miracle Karen Guymer, Jacques  Gentil
On My Side Elisa Kate
One More Night Alex Tobin
Rolling Over Anirban Banerjee
Roses in Springtime Marty Carmichael
Ruby’s Song Kelly Cork
See You Later Ron Robert McIntosh
Shooting Star Rick Hart
Something I Know Anirban Banerjee
Something to Think About George Begbie
Stronger Than Her Fate Magdalena Macdonald
The Chance Again Lori Greco
The Last Candle Andrea Clut
The Little Things (Chloe’s Song) Hannah May Bartle
The Wonder Of You Terry Plowman
Time For Change Dave Power
Undecided Anirban Banerjee
Walls Julia Michaels
Weighing On My Mind Rick Hart
What Have I Gotta Do Danny Hooper
What It’s All About Jacques Gentil
Where the Willows weep Glen Naylor, Chris Wilson
While Women Wait John Walsh  Imogen  Clark

 

CONTEMPORARY POP DANCE CATEGORY TOP 30 2015
Song Title Writer/s
A Moment to See Karen Guymer
All That Glitters Jackie Ward
Beez In Space Matthew Sertori
Building Bridges Karen Guymer
Burn James Hampton, Pat Pattison
Butterflies Andre Leong
End Of The World Danielle Deckard
Give it Up David King, Anna Chaplin, Time Dutton, Blessie Pica
Hello World Frank Dixon
I See You Everywhere Michelle Hullett
I Want To Be Out There Geoff Jones
Is This Real Kaitlyn Thomas
It’s Better If We Don’t Demi Louise
It’s My Time Jacqui Morrison, Annemieke Morrison
Just Wanna Say Hello Katie Hardyman
Made For Loving You Donna Dyson, Damien Leith
Make Me Happy Emma-Kate  Stampton, Kate  Heart
My Stupidity Lola Brinton  Kerrie  Garside
Own Self Francesca de Valence
Rear View Mirror Anirban Banerjee
Rolling Over Anirban Banerjee
Second Chance Skii Harvey
Smiling Through Your Sunscreen Brad Petryczkowycz
Something I Know Anirban Banerjee
Take The Time David Hinds, Lyn Hinds
Taxi Driver Demi Louise
Tell Me I’m Wrong Amy Sugars
The New Bohemians Amanda Easton
Twenty Hannah May Bartle
Undecided Anirban Banerjee
Unsung Hero Aislinn Sharp
Weapon Words George Begbie
Wild Adventure Alex Tobin
Zensday Chris Fisher

 

COUNTRY CATEGORY TOP 30 2015
Song Title Writer/s
1963 Alan Buchan
Beautiful Michael John Horneman, Cielle Monique  Kinross
City Boys and Cowgirls Carmelo Cacciola, Jim Harding
City Lights Rick Hart
Cold As Dry Ice Lawrence Neilsen, Wal Neilsen
Cold Comfort Kelly Cork
Coming for you Catherine Dobson
Country Girls Don’t Frock Up Vanessa Lea, Roger Faynes, David Rogerson
Everybody (Piece of Gold) Alison Jeeves
Foolishly Glen Naylor, Chris Wilson
Good Things Geoff Yelaska
He Went to Check the Water Graham Howle
Home Sweet Home Renee Jonas
I Need You To Hold Me Kathy Coleman
I’d Like To Say Greg Williams
It’s a Shame Kathy Coleman
Lately Marty Carmichael
Levon Helm Rick Hart
Livin on Air Lynn Hazelton
Lonely Town Karen Craigie
Looking Through The Eyes Of A Child Heath Watts
Made It To Tamworth Kerrie Garside
Many Things Chris Fisher
My Heart’s On Fire Melissa Robertson
Our First House Kathy Coleman
Silver and Gold Loren Steenkamp
Springtime In My Heart Jan Windolf
String Pie Simon Kinny-Lewis
The Cowboy On His Horse Terry Plowman
The Devil’s Garden Lola Brinton, Jasper Shelton Hollis
The Dobro Song Geoffrey Williams
The Midnight Train John Greenwood
Watching The World Fade Away Doug Hendry
Wishing Keri McInerney
You Aint Worth The Rain Natalie Howard, Matt Scullion

 

FOLK ACOUSTIC CATEGORY TOP 30 2015
Song Title Writer/s
24 Hours George Begbie
A Hero in us All Karen Guymer
A Song For The Lonely Katrina Burgoyne
A Thousand Times Danielle Deckard, Paul Dougherty
All  Of That And More Kerrie Garside
Blondie Chris Fisher
Break Free Jodie Boni
Broken Bird Rick Hart
Carnivore Sharlene  Rainford
Come for the Berries (if not quite for me) Clare Younis
Dear Susan JJ Maclean
Doing Time Peter Bowen
Don’t Blow Up the World Until I’ve Shown You Paris Tony King
Enough Cam Nacson
Fly Too High Karen Guymer
Get That Woman Bronwyn Eather
Gone David Hyams
Gotta be sure /Always In My Heart Frankie Walsh
Head Towards Wonderful Snez Dalceska, Stewart Peters
House on Four Wheels Snez Dalceska, Stewart Peters
I Found You Nick Charles
I Wrote This One For You Becci Nethery
I’m Sorry Is Just Not Enough Steve Montgomery
Looking Through The Eyes Of A Child Heath Watts
Lost Control Alex Crook
Love My Ghost Julia Michaels  Sven Tydeman
Mafeking Hill Michael Waugh
Marmalade Jane Graham Howle
Maybe Hugh William Davies Sven Tydeman
Mr Mouse and Me Snez Dalceska, Stewart Peters
Mumma’s Little Girl Keri McInerney
One More Song Stewart Peters
Poppies Tylah Rose Winyard, Jennifer Matthews, Paul Harris
Santa I Can Explain! Steve Montgomery
Searching Donna Dyson, Damien Leith
The Boss is in Tonight Lynn Hazelton
Tomorrow In Australia Andy Kidd
Years of Experience Wendy Ford
You Saved Me Ana Bogdanovic
You’re Here I’m Now Amy Vee
You’ve got Something Peny Bohan

 

INSTRUMENTAL CATEGORY TOP 30 2015
Song Title Writer/s
Bilbo Baggins Bravada Joel Baligod
Chill Me Now Galliano Sommavilla
Dance Macabre Andy Mac
Fly Katie Hardyman
Foreboding John Delaney
I have the Power Philip Feinstein
In Harmony Jesse Marantz
In the rough Toni Pollard
Love Fruits on Life Tree (Violin) Manjia Luo
Mei Mana Michael Angliss
My Child’s Child RL Clark
Out of the Darkness (Instrumental) Jim Ottaway
Pride of the Anzacs March Marion McNamara
Riders Of The Kimberley Terry Bennetts
Rocker’s Rave Joel Baligod
SIMplicity Jim Ottaway
Song For Sami Rebecca Achkar
Spirit Jan Windolf
Survive The Night Neville Kaye
THE BRIDGE Nick Charles
The Jig Is Up  Brian Ralston
The Long Haul Jim Ottaway
The Trust Of Iron, The Truth Of Steel Pete Hawkes
Touch Wood Jemma Donovan
Under Fire (Instrumental) Ramos Jakob, Jhay C
Violet Cynthia Martin, Clem
Watching Billy Play Nick Charles
Whales In Space Colin Billing
Wherever There’s Love Rebecca Achkar
Young Australian Soldier Marion McNamara

 

INTERNATIONAL CATEGORY TOP 30 2015
Song Title Writer/s
A Hero In Us All Karen Guymer
About the Flight Donna Dyson, Damien Leith
Black Dress Nic Nassuet
Brothers Nick Urb
C’est Toi et Moi Natalie Jean, Guy R. Jean
Crazy Angels Michael McGee
Don’t React Debra Gussin
Door Okiya Ohkoshi
Down The River Lola Brinton, Jasper  Shelton Hollis
End Of Time Keri McInerney
Enough Cam Nacson
Guitar Players Get the Girls Debra Gussin
I Still Love You In Pieces Michael McGee, Luke Maness
I’d Like To Say Greg Williams
It’s Christmas Tonight Michelle Hullett
Kaikoura Helen McCreary
Let’s Sail Away Robert McIntosh
Looking Through The Eyes Of A Child Heath Watts
Love Dances in the Rain – Duet Karen Guymer
Ole! Lou DeAdder
One More Night Alex Tobin
Overcome Steve Krause
Pills Cecilia Gault
Playing Possum Michael McGee
Satellites Rebekah Davis
Fadi Awad feat. Karina Morin – Searching Fadi Awad
Spring Lacey Younger
Steps on Water Lilit Bleyan
Summer’s Gone J. Lucas Aravena
Superman Alex Tobin
Tell Me Coa Lopez
Waiting Out The Wanting Nitanee Paris Lawson, Jean-Pierre  Williams
What Am I Supposed To Do? Debra Gussin
Wild Adventure Alex Tobin
Your Fire Grant Maloy Smith
Your Smile Roy Williams, Karen Gregory

 

LYRICS CATEGORY TOP 30 2015
Song Title Writer/s
American Badass Simon Berger
Bleeding Heart Mandi Gaston
Cabarita Morning Steve Montgomery
Could I Be You? Dean Ramsay
Down in the Boneyard Catherine Dobson
Dressing Gown Street Cill Van Der Velden
Further Down the Road Richard Midgley
Gas Lighting Karen Guymer
Heart stops simon grose
High Country Hideaway Lloyd Clarke
I am here to stay Denise Silk
I Blame The Weather Robert McIntosh
I Feel Sorry For The Stars Tonight Susan Muranty
In the Arms of Home Sherilyn Page
In Too Deep Gaynor Ann Moran
It Feels Right Karen Guymer
Let Me Be Lazy Niels Becker
Levon Helm Rick Hart
Lost and Found George Begbie
Memoirs of Vietnam Carmelo Cacciola
Mud Over Blood Lloyd Clarke
Murray River Dreaming Glen  Naylor
Our Hearts Dance Paul Dillon
Over There And Back (Billy’s War) Steve Montgomery
Sand George Begbie
She Was Born With A Broken Heart Susan Muranty
Stop The Merry-Go-Round Helen Mursell
Stop Time With A Kiss (Let Me Love You) Susan Muranty
The Boogey Man Magdalena Macdonald
The Music of Summer Sherilyn Page
The Other Man Simon Berger
Things I’ve Learned John Walsh
This Is Where I Leave You Wendy Wood
When You Lose Someone You Love Steve Montgomery
While Women Wait John Walsh

 

 OPEN CATEGORY TOP 30 2015
Song Title Writer/s
A Hero in us All Karen Guymer
All In Love And War Jonothan Roland
Broken Bird Rick Hart
Building Bridges Karen Guymer
Cold Comfort Kelly Cork
Don’t Blow Up the World Until I’ve Shown You Paris Tony King
Don’t Bother Me Skii Harvey
Don’t Walk Away Christopher Orchard
Empire Frank Dixon
Fallen Jacques Gentil
Heat Quentin Clark
Hot Air Balloon Snez Dalceska Stewart Peters
House on Four Wheels Snez Dalceska Stewart Peters
I Am Blessed (Song for Fathers) Andre Leong
Is Anybody Home? Wendy Ford
It Feels Right Karen Guymer
I’ve Been Waitin’ Celeste Kate Polson
Journey Of Ours Dave Power
Just Wanna Say Hello Katie Hardyman
Let It Ride Chris Fisher
Let’s Sail Away Robert McIntosh
Love Dances in the Rain – Duet Karen Guymer
Lucky Red Coat Snez Dalceska Stewart Peters
Made For Loving You Donna Dyson, Damien Leith
My Man in Red Renee Jonas Elizabeth Usher
Never Gonna Anirban Banerjee
One More Night Alex Tobin
One More Song Stewart Peters
One Woman Army Mark Crocker, Celeste Newman
Our Little Secret Andrew Bertoia
Rolling Over Anirban Banerjee
Santa I Can Explain! Steve Montgomery
Snowflake Katie Hardyman
Something I Know Anirban Banerjee
Stop Time With A Kiss (Let Me Love You) Susan Muranty, Sven Tydeman
The Night Train Michael Cafe
This Girl John Greenwood, Jason Greenwood
Til Night Meets The Sun Loren Steenkamp
Turn David King, Julia Michaels
Undecided Anirban Banerjee
What’s the Price of Love Jacques Gentil
Why Would You Sadie Jones
You Saved Me Ana Bogdanovic
You, Me & Depravity George Begbie

 

ROCK INDIE CATEGORY TOP 30 2015
Song Title Writer/s
A Kick In The Guts Brian Ralston, Gary Carciello,
Aftershock Abbey Slattery
American Guns Tony Murphy, Jennifer Matthews,
Be Someone Karen Lindsay, Greg  Byrne,  Kevin Fouche, Mark Fouche, Alex Qasabian,  Billy Handley
Blood Moon Stephen Kermode,  Chris  Rowell
Building Bridges Karen Guymer
Colour Blind Beck Fielding
Cyclone Nancy Rick Hart
Deadly Storm Kaitlyn Thomas
Fallen Jacques Gentil
Golden Road Justine Camilleri, Chris Gale
Heat Quentin Clark
Hell Bent On Finding Heaven Kel Abbott, Anirban Jee
In Numbulwar Now Stewart Peters
In the Afterglow George Begbie
Just Like I Want You To Michelle Hullett
Like This Time With Me Belinda Parsons
Little Heartbreaker Karen Craigie
Lock The Gate Stewart Peters, Hugh O’Brien
No Compromise John Kairn
One More Night Alex Tobin
One Woman Army Mark Crocker, Celeste Newman
Only Love Can Hurt This Much Sam Vartuli
Only Waiting Lynette Smith
Raise It Up Emma-Kate  Stampton, Kate Heart
Santa I Can Explain! Steve Montgomery
See The Signs Chris Fisher
Simple Lines Ray Alferink
So Confused Karen Guymer
Stand And Fight James Morrison
Summer Moon Susan Muranty, Sven Tydeman,
Take The Time David Hinds, Lyn Hinds
The Night Train Michael Cafe
Turn David King, Julia Michaels,
Undecided Anirban Banerjee
West London Boy in the Emerald Town Tim Jones
Wild Adventure Alex Tobin
Your Silence Ben Hobbs, Clint Johannes

 

SONGS FOR CHILDREN CATEGORY TOP 30 2015
Song Title Writer/s
A little Bit Long Way Stewart Peters,  Snez Dalceska, Numbulwar School
Amazing in Numbulwar Stewart Peters,  Snez Dalceska, Numbulwar School
Beautiful and True Donna Dyson
Believe in Yourself Kayelene Carruthers
Better Get Some Sleep Kayelene Carruthers
Clarence the Cockatoo Carolyn Simpson
Daisy Chains Lloyd Clarke
Drifting Kayelene Carruthers
Duggie Dingo Carolyn Simpson New
Flip Glen Naylor, Chris Wilson
Fruit Salad Jennifer Smith
Hand Jive Sharon Miller, Eddy Saul, Michelle New
Hope the Elephant Joel McInnes, Alan McInnes, Brian McInnes, Dean McInnes, Adam Giles
Hungry Crocodile Chomp Carolyn Simpson
I Love Reading Dez Staunton, Vanessa Staunton
I See You there Sharon Miller, Eddy Saul, Michelle New
It’s Enough To Make A Kookaburra Cry Clair Hayes
Jollyme the Kangaroo Adrian Penny
Late For School Blues Kayelene Carruthers
Life On The Farm Sharon Miller, Eddy Saul, Michelle New
Livin on Air Lynn Hazelton
Looking Through The Eyes Of A Child Heath Watts
Mighty Girl Clare Younis
Monkey Fun Jason Greenwood, John Greenwood
Oh, The Places You’ll Go Rob Imeson
Pick It Up Sharon Miller  Eddy  Saul,  Michelle  New
Santa’s Dream Flight Glen Naylor, Chris Wilson
Step Outside Karanina Ray
The Wombat Wobble Stan Lenz
Under the Bed Olivia Corish, Andrea Corish
Who I Am Willow Ryan-Fuller

 

SPIRITUAL CATEGORY TOP 30 2015
Song Title Writer/s
A Hero in us All Karen Guymer
A Million And One Ways To Die Jacques Gentil
All Rise Chris James, Jenny James
Believe Again Donna Dyson Damien Leith
Cast Your Nets John Littrich Neil McCann, Paul McGee
Don’t Blow Up the World Until I’ve Shown You Paris Tony King
Don’t Stop Believing In Me Jonothan Roland
Everything Is Alright Lori Greco
Faith in Me John Walsh, Mike Carr
Fallen (Rev 14:8) Jacques Gentil
Fly Away Lori Greco
Follow Me DOMINIC CREA
Gave It All Away Andre Leong
He Will Hear Lola Brinton, Shane Edwards, Sven Tydeman
He’s Being Your Mum Deborah  Robertson
Horizon Jason Greenwood
I Am Blessed (Song for Fathers) Andre Leong
I Need you to Hold Me Kathy Coleman
It’s His Blood (featuring Maybelle Galuvao) Alex Varlow
Lessons of Life Leah Briggs
My Faith in You Olivia Corish, Andrea Corish
My Father’s House Peter Christie
My Shepherd’s Call carmelo cacciola
Nothing Short of a Miracle Karen Guymer, Jacques Gentil
People Need To Know Jacques Gentil
Simply Paul Somerville
Sophia Anna Honeychurch
Spirit World Chris Fisher
Stars Bel Thomson, Cody Norris
That’s How Heaven Works Jacques Gentil, Lloyd Clarke
The Eternal in the Everyday Bel Thomson, Cody Norris
The Light Changes John Kairn
Trying To Pray Lola Brinton, Jasper Shelton Hollis
We All Love You Lee Bullock
You Are My Home Lynn Hazelton
You were there Doug Hendry

 

YOUTH CATEGORY TOP 30 2015
Song Title Writer/s
Aftershock Abbey Slattery
Back to the Stars Frank Dixon
Best of The Best Sarah Grace Buckley, Molly Buckley
Bleeding Lines Caitlin Gardner
Bones Of Steel Hannah Parrington
Deadly Storm Kaitlyn Thomas
Empire Frank Dixon
Erick Mikhayla Trope
FG Chic Jared Gibson
Flames Kayla Borg
Get you to stay Willow Ryan-Fuller
He Doesn’t Know Bridget O’Shannessy
Hello World Frank Dixon
Home Tamsin Cantwell
If Love Was a Given Ciara Muscat
Is This Real Kaitlyn Thomas
Just Wait and See Leea Nanos,  Frank  Dixon
Narcissist Eleanor Gardner
New Summer Karanina Ray
Not Today Zoe Boot
Now I Know Georgia Knight, Ben Wilcox
Safe Ground Caitlin Gardner
Solid Ground Anna Leathem
Superhero Kayla Borg
Take Her Taylor Pfeiffer
There For Me Sophia Chesworth
This Is Our Time Kayla Borg
Tide Anna Leathem
Till The End Kayla Borg
USA Chelsea Berman
Walk Through The Fire Kayla Borg
Why Kayla Borg
Wonderland Abbey Slattery

Sponsors of prizes and supporters of the contest include APRA/AMCOS, PPCA, Hal Leonard, Maton Guitars, Edensound, Syntec International, Grover Allman, Ausmidi, Fast Track Talent Showcases, Magesongs School of Songwriting, Q Music, SongCentral, Australian Institute of Music (AIM), Black Pearl Studios, iDOCoach, Katie Hardyman Music, University of Griffith, MMS Retail, Hot Country Radio Network, KIX Country Radio Network, Vienna People Studios, , Wests Tigers Rugby League Ltd, Wests Ashfield Leagues Club, TrakVan, MusicNSW, Mackin Websites, Video Recordings Australia, Project TV and BDO.

As well as the Prize Sponsors listed above, the ASA gratefully acknowledges Radio Station 4BC and sister stations for ongoing support.

The ASA uses up to 60 well-qualified people from the music industry in a unique multi-tiered judging system in which each entrant’s identity is hidden. This precludes any tendency for the judges’ decisions to be influenced by any factors outside of the song itself.

Following the judging process, 1st place-getters are invited to perform at the ASA’s gala National Songwriting Awards, which is an important fixture on the Music Industry Calendar. The Lyrics Category winner is the only exception to this, but they will have their composition displayed in written form on the night.

All 1st place winners receive two quality music books from Hal Leonard: Harmony & Theory – Part 1: Diatonic & Harmony & Theory – Part 2: Chromatic

All 1st, 2nd and 3rd place-getters will receive other prizes as detailed below, and all Top 10 finalists are recognised on stage at the Awards, as well as receiving a Certificate of Placing.

The National Songwriting Awards have been dubbed ‘the Easys’, after the original inductees into the ASA’s Australian Songwriters Hall of Fame, The Easybeats. This year’s Awards Night will feature a very special performance by another elite Australian songwriter, who will be inducted into the Australian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Other presentations made on the night are the Songwriter of the Year, the Rudy Brandsma Award and the PPCA Live Performance Award. Details of these 3 special awards are:

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Judged from the 1st place getters of each category. Separate entry is not required.
Sponsored by APRA/AMCOS
Winner receives: $3,000 cash for APRA and an Easys Trophy.

RUDY BRANDSMA AWARD
All entrants who are ASA members qualify for nomination to receive this great honour.
Sponsored by Maton Guitars
Winner receives: Maton SRS60 worth $1799.00 and an Easys Trophy

PPCA LIVE PERFORMANCE AWARD
Judged and sponsored by PPCA, for the best live performance at the National Songwriting Awards
Winner receives: $500 cash

Each of the other 13 Categories have prizes issued for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, and they vary as detailed below. All dollar amounts refer to Australian dollars. Here is the prize summary:

AUSTRALIA
Songs with an Australian theme or subject
Sponsored by Edensound and Song Central
1st Prize: Mixing and Mastering of one song package, valued at $715 2nd Prize: $200 cash
3rd Prize: $100 cash

BALLAD
Sponsored by Vienna People Studios and Australian Institute of Music (AIM)
1st Prize: 1 day recording valued at $800
2nd Prize: A 2hr one-on-one session with an AIM Professional Songwriting Teacher
3rd Prize: $100 cash

CONTEMPORARY / POP / DANCE
Up-tempo modern songs
Sponsored by Black Pearl Studios, Fast Track Talent Showcases and Grover Allman
1st Prize: 1 day recording valued at $1,000
2nd Prize: $200 cash
3rd Prize: 250 pack of full colour customized guitar picks, plus a Grover Allman Guitar Keyring of your choice, and a Grover Allman Necklace of your choice

COUNTRY
Sponsored by Hot Country Radio Network, KIX Country Radio Network, Song Central and ASA
1st Prize: 2 weeks high rotation and guaranteed exposure on air through both Hot Country and KIX Country Radio Networks across Australia, plus promotion and recognition on both network’s web pages as their Country Songwriter of the Year in association with the ASA. Valued in excess of $5,000. (reaching potentially 4 million+ in 60+ radio markets)
2nd Prize: $200 cash
3rd Prize: $100 cash

FOLK / ACOUSTIC
Including ‘unplugged’ compositions
Sponsored by Syntec International, Ausmidi and ASA
1st Prize: Evolution D1 835S handheld digital wireless system valued at $799
2nd Prize: Mixcraft Pro Studio 7 valued at $200
3rd Prize: $100 cash

INSTRUMENTAL
Any genre or style, including traditional, classical, contemporary, film/TV tracks & electronica
Sponsored by Australian Institute of Music (AIM), and Magesongs School of Songwriting
1st Prize: 4 hrs free time in a Production Suite at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM)
2nd Prize: $200 cash
3rd Prize: $100 cash

INTERNATIONAL
A special category open to songwriters from any country in the world, including Australia!
All genres can be entered.
Sponsored by TrakVan and ASA
1st Prize: AUD $1,000, courtesy of TrakVan – the new way for indie artists to play and sell their music direct from their websites.
2nd Prize: $200 cash
3rd Prize: $100 cash

LYRICS
Words of a song or poem/words suitable to be set to music Sponsored by Grover Allman and Q Music
1st Prize: $100 cash plus 500 pack of full colour customized guitar picks, plus a Grover Allman Guitar Keyring of your choice, and a Grover Allman Necklace of your choice
2nd Prize: Delegate Registration for the BIGSOUND Conference valued at $650.
3rd Prize: $100 cash

OPEN
For that song that may not fit other categories
Sponsored by Edensound and Fast Track Talent Showcases
1st Prize: Mixing and Mastering of one song package, valued at $715
2nd Prize: $200 cash
3rd Prize: $100 cash

ROCK / INDIE
Contemporary songs and heavier arrangements
Sponsored by Black Pearl Studios and Magesongs School of Songwriting
1st Prize: 1 day recording valued at $1,000
2nd Prize: $200 cash
3rd Prize: $100 cash

SONGS FOR CHILDREN Sponsored by Wests Ashfield Leagues Club and ASA
1st Prize: $300 cash
2nd Prize: $200 cash
3rd Prize: $100 cash

SPIRITUAL Songs of faith or inspiration
Sponsored by University of Griffith and MMS Retail
1st Prize: $200 and Free Enrolment in the Songwriting or Music Technology courses on offer at the Gold Coast Campus of Queensland Conservatorium, valued at approx $500 www.griffith.edu.au/music/popular-music
2nd Prize: $200 cash
3rd Prize: $100 cash

YOUTH
Any genre or style – songs by entrants 17 years of age and under as at 1st June this year
Sponsored by Katie Hardyman Music and iDOCoach
1st Prize: 3 x 1hr Songwriting Mentoring Sessions with Mark Cawley , acclaimed international Songwriter from US
2nd Prize: 1hr Songwriting Mentoring Session with Mark Cawley, acclaimed international Songwriter from US
3rd Prize: $100

Professional song feedback can also be ordered by entrants. See Feedback Service under Members tab for more details.

Contact:

ASA National Office
Locked Bag 18 / 178
Newtown NSW 2042
Australia

Ph / Fax: 02 9516 4960
Email:  asanationaloffice@asai.org.au

Results Archive:

Categories

There are 13 Categories in the Australian National Songwriting Contest, including an open-genre International Category which citizens from any country of the World can enter (including Australians). Most of the other Categories are genre specific, and are for Australian songwriters only. It is up to you as the entrant what category you enter your song in, although if the judges feel that a song has been mis-categorised by the entrant, they will re-enter it in a more appropriate category to give it a better chance.

Entries Are Anonymous

We ask manual entrants not to put identifying information on their entries, but if they do, their entry will be rendered anonymous before judging takes place. Online entries are also rendered anomymous before being judged. All songs are labels with idenifying numbers and song names only.

Three-tiered Judging

There are three levels of judging.

Preliminary Round – All songs are heard by a team of at least 3 music industry judges. Every songwriter who makes the Top 30 list of any of the judges, is short-listed in the preliminary round of the judging process and notified accordingly. Depending on how many of the judges pick the same songs, the size of the short list will vary.

The judges assess songs using the ASA criteria, to arrive at a total mark for each song from each individual judge. An equalising process is then used to rank the songs by giving 30 pts to the most favoured, and 29 the next and so on. These rankings are then added together to give a final mark for that entry. So, for example, if a song scored 90 points as a final mark after using the ranking system, that would mean it was the top choice of three judges. If it scored 30 points, that would mean that only one judge absolutely loved it! Usually scores are much more varied than this. The ranking system ensures fairness to all entrants, by taking in to account that some judges may be low scorers or high scorers across the board.

Finalist Round – The Top 30 songs are then chosen from the shortllisted group, by a fresh panel of judges. These results are then put up on the website (usually 4-5 weeks before the National Awards Night).

The Top 10 placegetters are decided by a third group of judges (minimum of 3 respected music industry professionals per Category), who vote individually without consultation with each other. Their results are combined and equalised to give eventual Top 10, which are announced live to the audience at the ASA National Songwriting Awards.

Results

Once the top ten placings are decided, the first place winners of the Major Open Categories and Youth Category will receive a phonecall and/or be notified in writing. This is so that they can be invited to perform at the Awards.

The remaining Top 30 Finalists for each Category are encouraged to attend the National Awards Night, where they can find out in person if they made it to the Top 10! Even those who don’t get into the Top 10 have a great time at this event, as they are able to hear the winning songs played live on the night, and network with other successful songwriters and industry people as part of the fraternity. As a major industry event, the ASA National Awards Night is important for serious songwriters. Subsequently (usually within 72 hrs after the National Awards Night) the final Top 10 results will be posted on this site.

Those who recieve nominations for the Songwriter of the Year and the Rudy Brandsma Award will be notified prior to the Awards Night.

In the event of a tied mark, entries are awarded equal placings and any prizes will be split between the entrants.

Judging Criteria

Songs are judged on aspects of the songwriting craft:

  • Lyrics
  • Melody
  • Structure
  • Arrangement
  • Originality

Because the major concern of the Association is songwriting, the songs are not judged on the performance or the quality of the recording.
The ASA chooses the judges but is not responsible for their decisions. The ASA selects the winner of the Songwriter of the Year from among the Category Winners, and the Rudy Brandsma encouragement award from among member songwriters who have done well in the competition, or who display some outstanding element that cannot be overlooked.

Below are the Australian Songwriting Contest RULES AND REGULATIONS:

1. CLOSING DATE – As per online deadlines, usually not later than Fri 31 May, but the ASA reserves the right to be flexible with this date as may be deemed desirable.
2. ENTRANTS – Entry is open to all amateur and professional songwriters who are Australian Citizens or hold permanent Australian residency, though Foreign Citizens can enter the International Category. Entry must be in the name of an individual. The entrant must be the writer or a co-writer of each song entered. Entrants may join the ASA at the time of entry by submitting payment of membership fee with completed entry form. Contest entry is not
open to ASA Board Members, or persons involved in the administration and processing of entries.
3. COMPOSITIONS – Material must be original and unpublished (songs must not be signed to a publishing company) at the time of entry and be submitted in accordance with the entry material requirements described on this entry form.
4. ACCURACY – Accuracy of entry information is entirely the responsibility of the entrant. The ASA cannot be held responsible for omissions or mistakes, and entrant miscalculations in payments will not be refunded.
5. COPYRIGHT – Only material in which the entrant currently has full copyright may be entered in this Contest. The entrant implies that they have full copyright by the act of entering the Contest. Entrants guarantee to indemnify the Contest organisers against any claim or loss resulting from noncompliance with copyright laws. Entrants’ copyright in entry materials is not affected by entering the Contest.
6. CO-WRITERS – The names of all contributing writers must be included in the entry form. It is the responsibility of the entrant to divide any prizes with co-writers as appropriate.
7. PROMOTIONAL USE – By entering, the entrant agrees that entry materials may be used by the Australian Songwriters Association for promotional purposes. This includes such things as placing the Top 10 songs on the ASA website, production of compilation CDs and DVDs, reproduction of Top 10 lyrics in the ASA magazine and possible radio, television and website broadcast.
8. JUDGING – All entries are rendered anonymous and numbered prior to judging. The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. The ASA Board will have final discretion in all matters. All entries are judged in the preliminary rounds by at least 3 judges, prior to their selection as Finalists in each category. Category Finalists are judged by a fresh set of music industry professionals to determine the Top 10 in each category. The official placings are announced at the National Songwriting Awards later in the year. Watch the homepage of www.asai.org.au for announcement of the exact date.
9. NOTIFICATION OF RESULTS – Those who are shortlisted will receive an email notifying them of this achievement. Those who proceed to the Top 30 will not be emailed but are required to go to the website to view the Top 30 lists approximately 2 weeks after the shortlist email. The Top 10 finalists will be announce at the National Songwriting Awards, where they will be honoured on stage.
10. FEEDBACK SERVICE – For a fee, this service is offered to entrants who would like to have written feedback on their song(s) from a professional evaluator. The evaluations are separate to the judging process. Feedback critiques will not be commenced until after the final results are announced. This rule is in place in order to ensure that no judges, who may be used for the Contest as well as for Feedback evaluations, become unfairly familiar with the works prior to the Contest results being decided.
11. NUMBER OF ENTRIES – There is no limit to the number of entries that may be submitted.
12. ENTRIES IN MORE THAN ONE CATEGORY – A single song can be entered into multiple categories. As there are different judges for each category, this means that a song may get through in one category if not another.
13. YOUTH CATEGORY – Songs by entrants and all co-writers must be under the age of eighteen (18) as at 30 May this year.
14. PRIZES – Prizes may be varied without compensation at the discretion of the Sponsor. Any physical prizes not collected by winner or their representative at the National Songwriting Awards, will be shipped at their expense. In the event of a tied result, prizes are also split as fairly as possible, with the ASA Board having final discretion.
RULES AND CONDITIONS OF ENTRY – ALL CATEGORIES 32nd AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL SONGWRITING CONTEST 2012 – AWAR
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