APRA AMCOS has revealed this year's Top 20 contenders for the APRA Song of the Year. The winner will be announced at the 2014 APRA Music Awards on 23rd June 2014, at Brisbane City Hall. The contenders are:
APRA SONG OF THE YEAR: TOP 20 CONTENDERS *Listed in alphabetical order of song title A MOAT YOU CAN STAND IN- (Written by Fiona Kitchin / Gareth Liddiard / Dan Luscombe / Mike Noga / Stephen Hesketh and performed by THE DRONES) ALIVE - (Written by Jonathan Sloan / Luke Steele / Nick Littlemore / Peter Mayes / Steven Bach and performed by EMPIRE OF THE SUN) AVENGER - (Written by Lance Ferguson / Ella Thompson and performed by THE BAMBOOS) BATTLESHIPS - (Written and performed by BERNARD FANNING) BAYINI - (Written by Corey Noll / Galarrwuy Yunupingu and performed by GURRUMUL YUNUPINGU) COVERED IN CHROME - (Written by Michael Richards / Luke Boerdam / James Tidswell  / Luke Henery and performed by VIOLENT SOHO) DROP THE GAME - (Written and performed by FLUME AND CHET FAKER) GOD FEARING - (Written by Sarah Blasko and performed by SARAH BLASKO AND THE SLAVEY FOLKLORE QUARTET) HARLEQUIN DREAM - (Written by David Hosking / Killian Gavin / Jonathon Hart / Timothy Hart and performed by BOY AND BEAR) IS THIS HOW YOU FEEL – (Written by Isabella Manfredi / Luke Davison / Thomas Champion / Jack Moffitt and performed by THE PREATURES) JUBILEE STREET - (Written by Nick Cave / Warren Ellis and performed by NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS) LANTERNS – (Written by Adam Spark / Ian Kenny / Glenn Sarangapany / Ian Berney / Adam Weston and performed by BIRDS OF TOKYO) ONLY ONE – (Written by John Butler and performed by JOHN BUTLER TRIO) RESOLUTION - (Written by Matt Corby / Dominic Salole and performed by MATT CORBY) RIP TIDE - (Written and performed by VANCE JOY) SOUTHERN SUN –(Written by David Hosking / Killian Gavin / Jonathon Hart / Timothy Hart and performed by BOY AND BEAR) STEAL THE LIGHT – (Written by Harry Angus / Felix Riebl and performed by THE CAT EMPIRE) UNDER YOUR SKIN – (Written by Alexander Burnett / Phillip Norman / Dan Sultan and performed by DAN SULTAN) WE ARE – (Written by Andrew Goddard / Mark Hosking / Ian Kenny / Stephen Judd / Jonathan Stockman and performed by KARNIVOOL) WE NO WHO U R – (Written by Nick Cave / Warren Ellis and performed by NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS)

Groovin The Moo and Heaps Decent have teamed up with MusicNSW to create a special workshop for emerging MCs and producers: a backstage songwriting masterclass with Illy!

We are looking for talented MCs and/or producers of all ages to enter to win tickets and a place in the workshop, where you’ll hear Illy share expertise and lend advice for your career and music. There’s 10 places up for grabs.

Entries open: 9am, Wednesday 16 April, 2014

Entries close: midnight, Tuesday 22 April, 2014

Winners notified: Wednesday 23 April, 2014

How to enter:

  • Send an email to jolie@musicnsw.com, and include your name, age, address, and phone number – write “GTM workshop” in the subject header
  • Include a link to your music – your website, Facebook page, Soundcloud, Unearthed profile, MySpace etc. No mp3 attachments please!
  • Bios & press releases can be attached if under 1MB
  • Let us know if you currently have a GTM ticket (you don’t need one to apply, we will provide you with a ticket if you win)
  • In less than 100 words, tell us about your music – include any highlights
  • Also tell us: what are you hoping to gain from the workshop with Illy?

Please make sure you read the terms and conditions below before applying!

Workshop Details:

Date: Saturday 26 April

Time: 12pm – 1pm

Location: Archery Building, backstage at Groovin the Moo Maitland

Terms and Conditions

This competition opens 9am AEST on Wednesday 16 April and closes at midnight AEST Tuesday 22 April 2014.

All MCs/Producers who submit their entries during this time will be eligible. This competition is open to all ages.

Ten (10) winners will be chosen by a panel of MusicNSW, Heaps Decent and Groovin the Moo experts.

Winners will be notified by phone and email on Wednesday 23 April.

The prize consists of the following:

-       1 x general admission ticket to Groovin the Moo Maitland, April 26, 2014

-       Participation in a songwriting workshop backstage at GTM with Illy

The prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash.

No replacement will be offered in the event that the prize cannot be claimed on the stipulated dates.

Winners will be responsible for their transport to and from the festival site, accommodation incidentals, and food. Groovin the Moo and MusicNSW are not responsible for winner’s costs.

Judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

For further enquiries please contact MusicNSW Education Officer Jolie Kelly on jolie@musicnsw.com or 02 9953 5279.