The finalists for the APRA Professional Development Awards have been announced, with 40 Aussie songwriters and composers in the running to win a share of the $135,000 prize pool.
40 Aussie songwriters and composers have been announced as finalists for the 2017 APRA Professional Development Awards.
APRA’s Professional Development Awards celebrate songwriters and composers from the full gamut of musical fields in Australia, including popular contemporary, classical, film and TV, and Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander.
As The Music point out, more than 60 percent of this year’s finalists are female (which is fucking amazing), with Julia Jacklin, Tkay Maidza, Gordi, Ainslie Wills, Kučka, and Montaigne up for the prize. Other finalists include Oscar Key Sung, Just a Gent and Thief.
Previous winners of the PDAs including big names such as Gotye, Abbe May, and Briggs.
This year’s winners will be announced on July 25. Check out the full list of finalists below.
Jessica Cerro (Montaigne)
Peter Harding (Thief)
Sophie Payten (Gordi)
Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander:
Joseph Dargan (Lucky Luke)
Timothy James Bowen
Jacob Grant (Just a Gent)
Laura Lowther (Kučka)
Nicholas Drabble (Set Mo)
Oscar Key Sung
Film & Television:
Smugglers Of Light: