Applications open for 2017 APRA Professional Development Awards!

Game changing opportunity for songwriters & composers




APRA AMCOS is proud to announce the return of the biennial APRA Professional Development Awards, a career boosting initiative which has helped further the musical success stories of Gotye, Abbe May, screen composer Caitlin Yeo, Husky Gawenda, Georgi Kay, Jack Carty, Ngaiire, Morgan Evans and many more.

This year, a new dance/electronic category has been added to the APRA Professional Development Awards, bringing the total number of awards to nine. Each recipient will receive a $15,000 cash prize to support their development.

“We’re committed to developing the next generation of music creators,” said APRA AMCOS Head of Member Services, Dean Ormston.

“Our Professional Development Awards provide tangible support to members looking to take the next steps in their songwriting careers.” 

Applications are now open to emerging songwriters and composers across the following categories:

*Popular Contemporary (three awards are given in this category which covers pop, rock, blues, folk, hip hop and R&B)
*Film and Television
*Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

APRA AMCOS is also pleased to announce that the Smugglers of Light initiative will return in 2017 with the Music and Media Award providing a promising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music or media practitioner with a grant of $12,000. The Smugglers of Light Foundation has been set up in memory of Eli Westlake aged 21, who was tragically killed in Sydney in 2008.

The APRA Professional Development Awards judging panel for 2017 includes Lior, Johannes Luebbers, James Blundell, Catherine Britt, Cat Hope, Caitlin Yeo, Kevin Bennett, Leah Flanagan, John Ferris and more.

Applications for the awards close on Thursday 27 April, 2017.

For more information and to apply, visit Apra Amcos



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