APRA Awards (Australia)
The APRA Music Awards in Australia are annual awards to celebrate excellence in contemporary music, which honour the skills of member composers, songwriters, and publishers who have achieved outstanding success in sales and airplay performance.
|APRA Music Awards|
|Current: APRA Music Awards of 2020|
|Presented by||Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA)|
Several award ceremonies are run in Australia by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). In addition to the APRA Music Awards, APRA AMCOS, in association with the Australian Music Centre, presents awards for classical music, jazz and improvised music, experimental music and sound art, known as the Art Music Awards. It also runs, in association with the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC), the Screen Music Awards, to acknowledge excellence in the field of screen composition.
APRA Music Awards (Australia)Edit
The APRA Music Awards were established in 1982 to honour songwriters and music composers for their efforts. The award categories are:
From 1982 to 1990, the best songs were given the Gold Award, which was also called the Special Award. In the mid-1980s Platinum Awards were given to significant works from previous years.
Song of the YearEdit
Song of the Year is decided by the votes of APRA members. All eligible songs must be written by an APRA member and released in the preceding calendar year for consideration. The Song of the Year award is considered one of the most prestigious of the APRA Music Awards.
Songwriter of the YearEdit
Songwriter of the Year is voted by APRA's Board of Writer and Publisher Directors rewarding the songwriter who has recorded the most impressive body of work in the previous year.
|1992||Neil Finn and Tim Finn|
|1995||Daniel Johns and Benjamin Gillies|
|1998||Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones|
|2000||Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones|
|2001||Ella Hooper and Jesse Hooper|
|2007||Andrew Stockdale, Myles Heskett and Chris Ross|
|2009||Kim Moyes and Julian Hamilton|
|2010||Angus Young and Malcolm Young|
|2011||Angus Stone and Julia Stone|
|2017||Harley Streten p.k.a. Flume|
|2018||Adam Briggs p.k.a. Briggs and Daniel Rankine p.k.a. Trials|
|2020||Barry Francis p.k.a. DJ Debris, Matthew Lambert p.k.a. Suffa, Daniel Smith p.k.a. MC Pressure|
The Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian MusicEdit
The Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music' is decided by APRA's Board of Writer and Publisher Directors for a lifetime contribution. The Award is named after Ted Albert whose company Albert Productions put out records by The Easybeats, AC/DC and John Paul Young.
|1995||Harry Vanda and George Young|
|2003||Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Bon Scott|
Breakthrough Songwriter AwardEdit
Breakthrough Songwriter Award is decided by APRA's Board of Writer and Publisher Directors for an emerging songwriter or groups of writers. The award category was first introduced by APRA in 2002.
|2002||Jennifer Waite and Grant Wallis (Aneiki)|
|2003||Craig Nicholls (The Vines)|
|2006||Myles Heskett, Christopher Ross and Andrew Stockdale (Wolfmother)|
|2007||Glenn Richards (Augie March)|
|2008||Sally Seltmann (New Buffalo)|
|2009||Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu|
|2010||Nick Littlemore, Jonathan Sloan, Luke Steele (Empire of the Sun)|
|2012||Killian Gavin, Jonathon Hart, Timothy Hart, David Hosking, Jacob Tarasenko (Boy & Bear)|
|2013||Matthew Colwell (p.k.a. 360), Kaelyn Behr (p.k.a. Styalz)|
|2015||Michael Clifford, Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood, Ashton Irwin (5 Seconds of Summer)|
|2017||Troye Sivan a.k.a. Troye Sivan Mellet|
|2020||Toni Watson p.k.a. Tones and I|
|2021||Charlton Howard p.k.a. the Kid Laroi|
Awards for Most Performed WorksEdit
There are a number of awards given for most performed work based on a statistical analysis of APRA's database. These awards include "Most Performed Australian Work of the Year", "Most Performed Australian Work Overseas", "Most Performed Foreign Work", "Most Performed Jazz Work", "Most Performed Country Work" and "Most Performed Dance Work".
Art Music Awards (with AMC)Edit
In 2001, APRA joined forces with the Australian Music Centre (AMC) to present awards for Australian classical music, known as Classical Music Awards. The AMC had been presenting annual awards for classical music since 1988, apart from a 1993–1995 hiatus due to funding cuts. The participation of APRA helped to secure the future of the awards, which are the only Australian awards for contemporary Australian classical music. This award has been won by well-known composers including Brenton Broadstock, Brett Dean, Ross Edwards, Georges Lentz, Liza Lim, Richard Mills, and Peter Sculthorpe. After another hiatus in 2010, the event returned as the Art Music Awards the following year, restructured and with two new categories.
The awards now cover classical, jazz and improvised music, experimental music and sound art, recognising achievement in composition, performance, education and presentation. As of 2020[update], the current award structure recognises eleven annual awards and the Luminary awards for sustained contribution (nationally and for each state and territory). There is also a discretionary award, The Richard Gill Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music.
The winners of the 2021 Art Music Awards will be announced at the Meat Market in Melbourne on Tuesday 17 August.
Richard Gill Award for Distinguished Services to Australian MusicEdit
Originally named The Distinguished Services to Australian Music Award, from 2019 it was renamed in honour of Australian conductor and educator Richard Gill (1941 – 2018). It is determined by APRA's Board of Writer and Publisher Directors and the Australian Music Centre Board for a lifetime contribution to the art music community.
|2006||Musica Viva Australia|
|2009||Michael Kieran Harvey|
Screen Music Awards (with AGSC)Edit
The annual Screen Music Awards were first presented in 2002 by APRA and AMCOS in conjunction with the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC). The ceremony, held in November, acknowledges excellence and innovation in the field of screen composition, and as of 2019[update] covers 13 categories.
- 2002 Awards
- International Achievement Award – David Hirschfelder
- Best Feature Film Score – Alan John for The Bank
- Best Soundtrack Album – Paul Kelly, Mairead Hannan, Kev Carmody, John Romeril, Deirdre Hannan and Alice Garner for One Night the Moon
- 2003 Awards
- International Achievement Award – Bruce Smeaton
- Best Feature Film Score – Nigel Westlake for The Nugget
- Best Soundtrack Album – Cezary Skubiszewski for After the Deluge
- 2004 Awards
- International Achievement Award – Lisa Gerrard
- Best Feature Film Score – Elizabeth Drake for Japanese Story
- Best Soundtrack Album – Iva Davies, Christopher Gordon and Richard Tognetti for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
- 2005 Awards
- International Achievement Award – Bruce Rowland
- Best Feature Film Score – Ben Ely, Matthew Fitzgerald, Tom Schutzinger and Peter Kelly (Decoder Ring) for Somersault
- Best Soundtrack Album – Roger Mason for The Extra
- 2006 Awards
- International Achievement Award – Peter Best
- Best Feature Film Score – Francois Tetaz for Wolf Creek
- Best Soundtrack Album – David Bridie, Albert David and Kadu for RAN: Remote Area Nurse
- 2007 Awards
- International Achievement Award – The Wiggles
- Best Feature Film Score – Nigel Westlake for Miss Potter
- Best Soundtrack Album – Nigel Westlake for Miss Potter
- 2008 Awards
- International Achievement Award – Garry McDonald and Laurie Stone
- Best Feature Film Score – David Hirschfelder for Children of the Silk Road
- Best Soundtrack Album – Michael Yezerski for The Black Balloon
- Best Music for a Short Film - Geoffrey Russell for Noir Drive
- 2009 Awards
- International Achievement Award – Guy Gross
- Best Feature Film Score – Lisa Gerrard for Balibo
- Best Soundtrack Album – Cezary Skubiszewski for Death Defying Acts
- 2010 Awards
- Best Feature Film Score – Christopher Gordon for Mao's Last Dancer
- Best Soundtrack Album – Christopher Gordon for Mao's Last Dancer
- 2011 Awards
- 2012 Awards
Emily Burrows AwardEdit
The Emily Burrows Award was instituted in 2001 in memory of Emily Burrows, a former APRA AMCOS membership representative and compliance officer. It is awarded to a South Australian artist or band annually with a $5,000 prize, to further their development and career. Electric Fields won it in 2016, with previous winners including Hilltop Hoods and The Beards.
Top 30 Australian Songs (2001 only)Edit
As part of its 75th anniversary celebrations in 2001, APRA created a list of the top 30 Australian songs. A panel of 100 music personalities were asked to list the ten best Australian songs, the data was compiled and the Top Ten in numerical order, was announced at the 2001 APRA Music Awards ceremony. At the ceremony You Am I performed the #1 listed song "Friday on My Mind" with Ross Wilson performing the #2 listed song "Eagle Rock". The next 20 songs in the Top 30 had been announced four weeks earlier.
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