Australasian music rights management organisation APRA AMCOS held two annual general meetings in Sydney yesterday. Re-elected to the APRA Board were Writer Jenny Morris and Publisher Damian Trotter (Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia). Writers Bic Runga and Jonathan Zwartz and Publisher Andrew Jenkins (Universal Music Publishing) were newly elected to the Board.
An impressive next wave of Australian songwriters and composers were announced as winners in the 2019 APRA Professional Development Awards (PDAs).
Held every two years, the APRA PDAs exist to support emerging songwriters and composers across a variety of genres and categories by providing a cash award and recognition at a pivotal stage in their respective career.
The winners for the 2019 APRA PDAs:
Angie McMahon – Popular Contemporary
Ecca Vandal – Popular Contemporary
Mojo Juju – Popular Contemporary
Deline Briscoe – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Amanda Cole – Art Music
Imogen Clark - Country
Beatrice Lewis – Dance/Electronic
Pru Montin – Film and Television
Niran Dasika - Jazz
The calibre of the recipients of the Professional Development Awards signals the strength of Australian music. Acknowledging and investing in our homegrown talent is crucial to their next career steps, and we look forward to seeing and hearing what the future holds for all of them.Dean Ormston
APRA AMCOS Chief Executive
Actor, songwriter and award-winning opera singer, Jess Hitchcock, has been named the recipient of the Indigenous Music and Media Award from the Smugglers of Light, a foundation set up in memory of 21-year-old Eli Westlake, who was tragically killed in 2008. Hitchcock receives a grant of $12,000 which was presented today by Australian composer and conductor Nigel Westlake.
A panel of judges comprising Lior, Jenny Morris, Jonathan Zwartz, Brooke McClymont, Cat Hope, Dan Zilber, Leah Flanagan, Tania Doko, Francois Tetaz and more have determined the impressive winners from a pool of over 900 applicants.
Previous winners include Gotye, Ainslie Wills, Julia Jacklin, Timothy Carroll, Ruby Boots, Briggs, VASSY, Jeremy Rose and screen composer Caitlin Yeo.
QMusic is proud to announce the top four finalists of the 2019 Grant McLennan Fellowship: Jack Bratt, Harriette Pilbeam (Hatchie), Georgia Potter (Moreton) and Leanne Tennant. The winner of the 2019 Grant McLennan Fellowship will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Brisbane on Wednesday 11 December 2019.
Congratulations to MARLOE who will be heading down to Electronic Music Conference (EMC) next week to attend the conference, co-write one-on-one with Akacia and sit down with 120 Publishing to learn about how an emerging artists publishing can be built into an incredibly valuable revenue stream.
GYROstream are bringing their huge artist discovery and development competition 'Big Boost' back for 2019. Big Boost aims to give artists the leg up they need to take their music global and they've put together a whopping $10,000 prize pack for the lucky winner.
WAAX, Hatchie and Bree Tranter dominate the stacked list of Queenslanders nominated for the 2019 National Live Music Awards (NLMAs)! Topping the overall list of nominees for the 54 awards are Stella Donnelly and Electric Fields who hold six and five nominations, respectively.
The 2020 Queensland Music Awards (QMAs), produced by QMusic and taking place on Tuesday 3 March 2020 at The Fortitude Music Hall, has unveiled an exciting new Major Award category with the Emerging Artist Of The Year Award.
Open to all early-career Queensland musicians, entries are open now and close midnight, Thursday 24 October 2019.