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2022 Professional Development Awards

The APRA AMCOS Professional Development Awards exist to provide support to emerging songwriters and composers. Nine recipients will each receive a game-changing $10,000 cash prize to support their development, along with a prize from Australis Music.

The Smugglers of Light Foundation Music and Media Award also returns in 2022 to provide an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander music or media practitioner with a grant of $12,000, as well as a prize from Australis Music. The award is supported and assessed by the Smugglers of Light Foundation, set up in memory of Eli Westlake.

It is expected that the funds will help recipients attend workshops, music education courses, composer seminars, co-writing sessions and other relevant activities - locally or internationally.

The winners of the 2022 Professional Development Awards have now been announced. APRA AMCOS congratulates all of the winners and finalists.

The Smugglers of Light Music and Media Award is proudly presented by The Smugglers of Light Foundation.

Australis Music is a proud sponsor of the 2022 Professional Development Awards


Can I use it to fund our next album?

The Awards are NOT intended to fund recording, studio time, equipment or costs associated with a release, such as mixing or PR costs. Please consider this when writing your responses, as Partner Organisations will only assess applications that demonstrate a commitment to using the prize for professional development.

I perform in many genres – can I apply for more than one category?

You should choose one category that you feel best fits your musical career currently – you cannot apply to more than one category.

I am in a band – can the band submit an application?

Applications are only available for individual songwriters – although the band’s music can be considered, the individual songwriter’s application responses will be considered alone. Additionally, prizes will be provided to the individual alone.

Can I use it to help promote my work – publicity / music video / advertising campaigns?

No. The Awards are intended to develop your skills as a songwriter or composer, not to pay for professional services to promote your work.

I want to apply for Film/Television but don’t have any audiovisual files as my music has not yet been put to Film/Television usage as yet?

The Film & Television/Gaming category is intended for applicants who have had previous experience scoring music specifically for Film and/or Television and/or Gaming, not necessarily musicians who would wish their music to be synched to Film/Television/Gaming. As such, it is expected these applicants will have existing examples of their music scored for Film/Television/Gaming. If you do not yet have three examples of your music being scored for Film/Television/Gaming, you may download this clip and and compose a piece of music as part of your entry.

How should I choose my Partner Organisation?

Some Partner Organisations can only receive certain Award categories – additionally, some Award categories can only be sent to certain Partner Organisations. You should initially review the list here to crosscheck your Award category before making your decision. All Partner Organisations have been provided with the same scoring criteria so your final decision should be made on personal preference.

Screen Composition can only select the Australian Guild of Screen Composers as their partner organisation.

Classical/Experimental Music can only select the Australian Music Centre as their partner organisation.

Music Theatre and NATSIMO awards will not be required to select a partner organisation.

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