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NZ Recipients of 2017 APRA Professional Development Awards

Announcing the New Zealand recipients of the 2017 APRA Professional Development Awards


Every two years, APRA presents Professional Development Awards to three New Zealand songwriters and composers who demonstrate outstanding potential in their field. Representing three different categories: Classical, Pop Contemporary, Film & TV, each award is worth $10,000 cash, towards the recipient’s ongoing career development.

These awards recognise artists who are shining lights in the world of songwriting and composition – creative, skilled, motivated, passionate, disciplined and organised.

To determine the three recipients, all applications are assessed by an anonymous industry panel. The calibre of applications this year were exceptional and the judges were inspired by the huge potential reflected in them.

The plans of this year’s recipients are an eclectic mix: songwriting and recording opportunities in the US and Canada; sound track masterclasses in Cologne and Hollywood; and intriguing conferences around electro-acoustic music and virtual reality environments in Paris and Japan.

These are three great projects from three amazing writers. Each is young and ambitious and they have bold and exciting plans. At APRA we hope that our support and investment gives them all confidence and freedom to experiment, learn, and thrive as artists” says Head of New Zealand Operations Anthony Healey.

// If you would like more detailed information on each recipient, or quotes from the judging panel, please click HERE


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