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2024 Professional Development Awards

The APRA Professional Development Awards exist to provide support to emerging songwriters and composers. Twelve recipients will each receive a game-changing $10,000 cash prize to support their development.

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.

Entries for the 2025 Professional Development Awards will open in early August 2024.


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 apply to more than one Partner Organisation?

You can only apply once to the Professional Development Awards – only your first application will be accepted, any further entries will be deemed a duplicate and removed from judging.

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.

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.

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.

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