Some of the most famous songs in history have been inspired by cities and Melbourne is no exception. Consider Paul Kelly’s From St Kilda to Kings Cross or Four Seasons in One Day by Crowded House. In April, Bank of Melbourne launched Melbourne’s Music Bank competition to unearth our city’s next big song-writing talent.
Offering a cash prize of $6000 to the winner, Bank of Melbourne asked local musicians of all genres, shapes and sizes to submit an original musical score inspired by Melbourne.
A few months on (and after thousands of applications), Bank of Melbourne has announced the competition finalists on their Facebook page. There are 12 in total and each of the songs – some with vocals and some without – presents Melbourne in a slightly different shade.
Each of the 12 finalists has their own profile on Bank of Melbourne’s Facebook page, where you can read short bios, interviews and stream the songs for free. The top three are chosen by a public vote via the Facebook page and will go on to compete in concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre before a panel, which will choose the winner.
Along with a cash prize, the winner will have their composition recorded at the Melbourne Recital Centre in September and be given the chance to play their song in Melbourne’s most progressive auditorium.
Among the finalists, there are entries from Frankston, Geelong and Miners Rest. One of Broadsheet’s own photographers, Kristoffer Paulsen, has made the cut with Girl, an upbeat ode to love in the Melbourne springtime.
An honourable mention also goes to up-and-comer Will Cuming of Farrow, whose catchy submission Summer – a song which swells steadily with backing synths and horns – begs for more than just one play.
To cast your vote, visit the Bank of Melbourne Facebook page, and click on the Music Bank app.