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Song Competition 2020

Our FIRST event of this kind! Song Competition Poster

During lockdown in May 2020, we ran our very first songwriters competition!

There were 4 themes songwriters could choose from
Click an artist within the categories below to check out their song on our Facebook

But first…A note from our judges:

What a fantastic response to our competition!
We thoroughly enjoyed watching your entries and acknowledge the hard work and effort so many of you went to in writing your songs and making your videos.

It was an extremely difficult task comparing such a wide range of songs and genres; there were some very funny and humorous songs, sad and contemplative songs; soul songs, pop, R&B, jazz, acoustic folk, blues, rap, funk, rock and theatrical songs.
We judged your entries based primarily on the lyrics and composition of your song, but also allocated marks for song arrangement and kept in mind how relevant the songs were within your nominated category.

Our winners were also chosen because they portrayed their chosen topic in a creative and sometimes indirect way – referring to their experiences of lockdown and connections to Brunswick and Sydney Road utilising strong storytelling, originality, unusual perspectives and metaphor.
We felt we needed to acknowledge more of you than just the primary winners, as there were so many strong entries. Thus, we have included a shortlist of songwriters we thought deserve an ‘Honourable Mention’. To all of you; a separate and hearty round of applause.

To our winners, enormous congratulations!

Keep writing songs – stay safe & wash your hands.
All the best – B, F & R


Naomi Rose-Christian  We are Free

Category 1: Carl Pannuzzo  Auto the Brunswick Runaway
Category 2: Rachel Caddy  Sydney Road
Category 3: Tayla Haigh  Too Much Time
Category 4: Daisy Sampson  Humankind

Dilara Yaka  Introspective
Dylan Pinkerton  Grandma, Grandma, Grandma

Tushara Rose & Anika Ostendorf  Harmony & Symphony

Peter Mc Aree  Lockdown

JUDGES’ HONOURABLE MENTIONS (in alphabetical order):
Alisha Karunagaran  Catastrophe
Ben Witkowski  Lost & Found
Candice Alisha  Human
Enda Kenny  Ol’ Brunswick Town
Jacky Chen  Lockdown Lover
Matilda Hassall  Bring on the Lockdown
Nick Vulture  Stuck in Brunswick
Patrick Consedine  A Story
Peter Westwood  When the World Stops
Ruby Mae  Lockdown Love Song
Sarah Vasiliadis  Humanity
Seb Szabo  October Clouds
Sarah Busuttil Palmer & Silas Palmer  Lockdown
Uyen My Pham  He (Boredom)
William Povey  The Young and the Restless

Plus SRBA’s Top 5 Favs:
Nina Rose  The Best Falafel Prize
Nurseratched  Chicken Soup
Exodus and Kattimoni  Go Within
The Argotiers  Tango in Blue Minor
Sally Carter  With You