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Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition Winners Announced

Posted on 16 Aug 2013

Isabella Manfredi takes out first place in the 2013 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition. 

APRA AMCOS and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia (NRMTA) proudly announced today the winners of the Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition. 

The prestigious songwriting competition chose Sydney singer/songwriter Isabella Manfredi as the winner of the 2013 Vanda & Young Songwriting for the song Is This How You Feel? performed by The Preatures.

The judging panel of 25 industry professionals also voted Sydney based songwriter/ producer, Robert Conley, as second prize winner with his song Paper Thin while third place was a tie between Thelma Plum for  Breathe In Breathe Out and Jasmine Nelson for Keep Her Close. 

Alberts has been a longstanding supporter of Nordoff Robbins Australia in its mission to transform lives through the provision of music therapy. Named after the iconic songwriters Harry Vanda and George Young, the songwriting competition was launched in 2009 to support and raise the profile of the non-profit organisation and the work it does to change the lives of many. The first prize of A$50,000.00 is provided courtesy of APRA AMCOS and Alberts.

APRA AMCOS CEO, Brett Cottle, said “There’s a lasting value in the work that Vanda & Young winners contribute to the Australian music scene and body of work. Knowing that we’ve invested in the creative careers of past and present winners and that the funds raised by this competition bring healing and connection through music therapy rounds this out as a really worthwhile endeavour for APRA AMCOS. We’re proud to be associated with it and extend our congratulations to this year’s winners”.

2013 marks the third iteration of the biennial Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition and Isabella Manfredi joins a select group of recipients that includes Megan Washington (2009) and Kimbra Johnson (2011).

The complete winners’ details are:
1st Place – A$50,000: Is This How You Feel?
Isabella Manfredi (Unpublished)
Co-writers: Luke Davison, Thomas Champion and Jack Moffitt (The Preatures)

2nd Place – A$10,000: Paper Thin
Robert Conley (Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing)
Co-writers: Alex Hope, Robby De Sa

Equal 3rd Place – A$5,000: Breathe In Breathe Out
Thelma Plum (Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing)

Equal 3rd Place – A$5,000: Keep Her Close
Jasmine Nelson (UK) (Unpublished)

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