"It took a long time for the decisions to be made, due to an extraordinarily high standard and a huge number of entries. In such a situation, you should be extremely proud to have achieved such a result."
The Top 30 Finalists have been announced on the ASA Website, and I'm extremely excited to announce that "Strangers", a song I wrote with Michael Tan made Top 30 in the Country Category of the 36th National Songwriting Awards!
I'm so excited, and extremely honoured to be on the list among some very well respected names in the Australian industry.
The Top 10 Finalists will be announced at the National Songwriting Awards, which will be held in Sydney on Wednesday 14 December.
This year a glamorous new location has been booked for the Awards – The Orion ‘Theatre of the Stars’ – in Campsie, NSW, where an incredible Wurlitzer Pipe Organ is housed within the Art Deco grandeur of the Great Room. The INXS songwriting team of Andrew Farriss and the late Michael Hutchence will be inducted into the Australian Songwriters Hall of Fame, with Jon Stevens (Noiseworks) performing 2 songs in their honour. Michael’s sister Christina will be flying out from LA to accept the award on his behalf, and Glenn A Baker will do the induction speech.
After the Top 10 results of all Categories in the 36th Australian Songwriting Contest are revealed on the night, all successful contestants will be honoured on stage and the 1st Place Winners will perform.
A successful Special Guest Artist will be interviewed about their songwriting experience, and perform live.
The APRA/ASA Songwriter of the Year will be awarded $3,000 courtesy of APRA. One ASA Member will also receive a coveted Maton Guitar for outstanding work. With a bunch of Celebrities and Music Industry personnel attending and presenting the awards, the evening will be full of fun, interest, wonderful networking and priceless memory-making opportunities!