Recently, the 2020 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition Top 40 finalists were announced, with Gold Coast’s René Le Feuvre featuring among the talented finalists.
The competition opened 11 months ago on 10 March and was extended due to the impact of COVID-19 to ensure songwriters had plenty of time to enter – and enter they did, with an all-time record 4,061 entries coming from 46 countries, raising just over A$203,000 for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia.
More than half of the Top 40 songs were entered by unpublished songwriters, showcasing emerging and undiscovered talent. One of those entrants will follow in the footsteps of Mallrat and Kaiit, the previous winners of the A$5,000 AMPAL Emerging Songwriter Prize.
On-the-rise Gold Coast singer-songwriter René Le Feuvre is an exciting new voice on the local music landscape who has been making rapid strides since commencing his musical journey, in which time he’s achieved a top 25 finish on The Voice Australia 2018, a top three spot in Nashville’s rising song competition in 2019 and an invite to the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas (which sadly had to be aborted due to the impacts of COVID). His track ‘Rich Girl’ has made the finals for the Top 40.
The competition not only provided songwriters with a platform to share their music with industry tastemakers during the turbulent year, but thanks to an anonymous generous donor, more songwriters will take home cash with additional ten runner-up prizes of A$1,000 going to top 40 finalists.
“In the most challenging year ever for songwriters, it is heartening and not at all surprising that songwriters from around the world generously entered the Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition in record numbers. Their entry fees support an incredible cause, and our aim as organisers is to support their creative endeavours and help them get their songs heard and shared with the broader music industry and music fans,” said Dean Ormston, CEO APRA AMCOS.
The 1st place winner will receive a career-changing A$50,000 furnished by APRA AMCOS, Alberts and BMG; 2nd place of A$10,000 courtesy of Banki Haddock Fiora, 3rd place of A$5,000 courtesy of Aon, and the A$5,000 AMPAL Emerging Songwriter Prize furnished by the Australasian Music Publishers Association (AMPAL).
At the heart of the Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition is the financial support that songwriters provide with their full A$50 entry fee directly supporting the transformative programs of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia. In twelve years of the competition’s existence, entrants have contributed over A$1.4 million, making a huge impact on the lives of others with their songs.
This year’s judging panel includes including award-winning songwriter Lior, APRA AMCOS Ambassador Dallas Frasca, triple j Unearthed’s Dave Ruby Howe, producer Robert Conley and reps from Amazon Music and Universal Music.
Good luck René!