Awards and honours
Despite the challenges of COVID, the incredible songwriting and composing of our members was celebrated at key awards events. We were grateful to be able to gather for the in-person events and we thank everyone who enthusiastically joined us from home for the virtual events.
The 10th Art Music Awards, co-presented with the Australian Music Centre, were held virtually and featured spectacular filmed performances and a great spirit of comradery from the finalists, the winners and the entire community.
The Screen Music Awards were presented virtually, in conjunction with the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC), acknowledging excellence and innovation in the field of screen composition.
The Australian music industry gathered in Sydney for the 2021 APRA Music Awards - and celebratory it was to listen to the speeches, watch the performances and connect with one another.
We are proud to present the Professional Development Awards annually to honour developing songwriters and composers across a range of genres, providing a $10,000 cash award at a crucial stage in their career, as well as the Smugglers of Light Foundation Media and Music Award as part of the program.
The 2020 APRA Silver Scroll Awards were adapted for shifting COVID alert levels, and rather than a full live event, we filmed the amazing performances and presentations in three cities around the motu, coming up with a beautiful online show under the music directorship of Julia Deans. With great delight, our annual Children’s Music Awards, Jazz Awards, and Country Music Awards events were all able to go ahead in person in 2021, celebrating our genre songwriters in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Te-Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, and Gore respectively.
We also presented six Professional Development Awards to members in Aotearoa who have plans for furthering their practice, education, and collaboration.