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Nerida Tyson-Chew to receive the Distinguished Services to the Australian Screen award

Media Published Wednesday 18 November 2020
Nerida Tyson-Chew was one of the first women to score a major Hollywood motion picture

Nerida Tyson-Chew will receive the Distinguished Services to the Australian Screen award at the 2020 Screen Music Awards

Nerida has been a screen composer for 35 years and worked across feature films, TV shows and documentaries

The 2020 Screen Music Awards will be streamed as a virtual event on Tuesday 1 December via YouTube


The APRA Board of Directors is thrilled to announce that world-class composer Nerida Tyson-Chew will receive the 2020 Distinguished Services to the Australian Screen Award. This honour will be presented to Nerida at the 2020 Screen Music Awards, a virtual event that will be streamed online to a global audience on Tuesday 1 December via YouTube Premiere, kicking off at 7:00pm AEDT.

Known for her collaborative approach and versatility across a range of musical disciplines, Nerida Tyson-Chew’s portfolio spans feature films, television dramas, children's productions as well as numerous documentaries and wildlife films.

Some of her diverse credits include the new Australian feature film H is for Happiness, the BAFTA-nominated hit CBBC Canadian/Australian underwater animated adventure series The Deep, TV series Rescue - Special Ops, Warner Bros’ Batman - The Animated Series and The National Geographic Channel Series Taboo.

Nerida is a part of screen music history as one of the first female composers scoring on productions in the U.S and joined the elite league of female composers to score a motion picture when she was hired by a major Hollywood studio to score the 2004 blockbuster Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid. Next year will be Nerida’s 35th year as an APRA member and screen composer.

Nerida Tyson-Chew said, "I’m thrilled to bits to receive this prestigious honour from the Board of Directors of APRA AMCOS. Film composers by nature are at our best when no-one ‘hears’ our work but ‘feels’ it. Our bespoke music scores do more than set an atmosphere, establish a sense of a time, and create a sense of place. I’m having an exciting career as a sonic storyteller, creating bespoke film music and working with gifted, skilled craftspeople. For APRA AMCOS to recognise my body of work with this wonderful honour is a momentous experience for me and is also recognition for the talented musicians and masterful engineers that have joined my music team along the way."