|APRA Music Awards|
|APRA Music Awards of 2020|
|Presented by||Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA)|
The APRA Music Awards in Australia are annual awards to celebrate excellence in contemporary music, which honour the skills of member composers, songwriters, and publishers who have achieved outstanding success in sales and airplay performance.
Several award ceremonies are run in Australia by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). In addition to the APRA Music Awards, APRA AMCOS, in association with the Australian Music Centre, presents awards for classical music, jazz and improvised music, experimental music and sound art, known as the Art Music Awards. It also runs, in association with the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC), the Screen Music Awards, to acknowledge excellence in the field of screen composition.
The APRA Music Awards were established in 1982 to honour songwriters and music composers for their efforts. The award categories are:
From 1982 to 1990, the best songs were given the Gold Award, which was also called the Special Award. In the mid-1980s Platinum Awards were given to significant works from previous years.
|1982||Graeham Goble||Little River Band||"Reminiscing"||Gold Award|
|Graham Russell||Air Supply||"Lost in Love"|
|Glenn Shorrock||Little River Band||"Cool Change"|
|Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Bon Scott||AC/DC||"Highway To Hell"|
|1983||No awards||No awards||No awards||No awards|
|1984||Graham Russell||Air Supply||"The One That You Love"||Special Award|
|Colin Hay||Men at Work||"Who Can It Be Now?"|
|Brian May||N/A||Mad Max film score|
|1985||Colin Hay, Ron Strykert||Men at Work||"Down Under"|
|Graeham Goble||Little River Band||"The Other Guy"|
|Reece Kirk||Crystal Gayle||"Our Love Is on the Faultline"|
|1986||Eric Bogle||Eric Bogle||"And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda"||Gold Award|
|1987||Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson||AC/DC||"Back In Black"|
|Mark Knopfler||Dire Straits||Brothers in Arms||Gold Award (album)|
|1988||Jack O'Hagan||N/A||"Along the Road to Gundagai"||Platinum Award|
|Gordon Parsons||Slim Dusty||"Pub With No Beer"|
|Rolf Harris||Rolf Harris||"Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport"|
|Marie Cowan, Banjo Paterson||N/A||"Waltzing Matilda"|
|Andrew Farriss, Michael Hutchence||INXS||"What You Need"||Gold Award|
|Peter Best||N/A||Crocodile Dundee film score|
|1989||John Antill||N/A||"Corroboree"||Platinum Award|
|Harry Vanda & George Young||N/A||In recognition of the outstanding popularity of their collective works throughout the world|
|Neil Finn||Crowded House||"Don't Dream It's Over"||Gold Award|
|Andrew Farriss, Michael Hutchence||INXS||"Need You Tonight"|
|Hal David||N/A||In recognition of the outstanding popularity of his many works in Australia and New Zealand|
|1989-1990 (held in 1991)||Peter Garrett, Rob Hirst, James Moginie||Midnight Oil||"Beds Are Burning"|
|1990||Andrew Farriss, Michael Hutchence||INXS||"Devil Inside"|
Song of the Year is decided by the votes of APRA members. All eligible songs must be written by an APRA member and released in the preceding calendar year for consideration. The Song of the Year award is considered one of the most prestigious of the APRA Music Awards.
|1991||Bakamana Yunipingu, Stuart Kellaway, Gurrumul Yunipingu, Milkayggu Mununggurr, Cal Williams, Paul Kelly||Yothu Yindi||"Treaty"|
|1992||Rick Price, Heather Field||Rick Price||"Heaven Knows"|
|1993||Neil Finn and Tim Finn||Crowded House||"Four Seasons in One Day"|
|1994||Neil Finn||"Distant Sun"|
|1995||Neil Murray||Christine Anu||"My Island Home"|
|1996||Tina Arena, Robert Parde, Heather Field||Tina Arena||"Wasn't It Good"|
|1997||No awards||No awards||No awards|
|1998||Dean Manning||Leonardo's Bride||"Even When I'm Sleeping"|
|1999||James Roche||Bachelor Girl||"Buses and Trains"|
|2000||Jonathan Coghill, John Collins, Ian Haug, Darren Middleton, Bernard Fanning||Powderfinger||"Passenger"|
|2001||Bernard Fanning||"My Happiness"|
|2002||Alex Lloyd||Alex Lloyd||"Amazing"|
|2003||Kasey Chambers||Kasey Chambers||"Not Pretty Enough"|
|2004||John Butler||John Butler Trio||"Zebra"|
|2005||Missy Higgins and Kevin Griffin||Missy Higgins||"Scar"|
|2006||Ben Lee and McGowan Southworth||Ben Lee||"Catch My Disease"|
|2007||Glenn Richards||Augie March||"One Crowded Hour"|
|2008||Daniel Johns and Julian Hamilton||Silverchair||"Straight Lines"|
|2009||Chris Cheney||The Living End||"White Noise"|
|2010||Dougy Mandagi and Lorenzo Sillitto||The Temper Trap||"Sweet Disposition"|
|2011||Angus Stone, Julia Stone||Angus & Julia Stone||"Big Jet Plane"|
|2012||Wally de Backer, Luiz Bonfa||Gotye feat Kimbra||"Somebody That I Used To Know"|
|2013||Kevin Parker||Tame Impala||"Feels Like We Only Go Backwards"|
|2014||James Keogh||Vance Joy||"Riptide"|
|2015||Sia Furler, Jesse Shatkin||Sia||"Chandelier"|
|2016||Kevin Parker||Tame Impala||"Let It Happen"|
|2017||D.D Dumbo a.k.a. Oliver Perry||D.D Dumbo||"Satan"|
|2018||Paul Kelly, Billy Miller||Paul Kelly||"Firewood and Candles"|
|2019||Amy Billings||Amy Shark||"I Said Hi"|
Songwriter of the Year is voted by APRA's Board of Writer and Publisher Directors rewarding the songwriter who has recorded the most impressive body of work in the previous year.
|1992||Neil Finn and Tim Finn|
|1995||Daniel Johns and Benjamin Gillies|
|1998||Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones|
|2000||Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones|
|2001||Ella Hooper and Jesse Hooper|
|2007||Andrew Stockdale, Myles Heskett and Chris Ross|
|2009||Kim Moyes and Julian Hamilton|
|2010||Angus Young and Malcolm Young|
|2011||Angus Stone and Julia Stone|
|2017||Harley Streten p.k.a. Flume|
|2018||Adam Briggs p.k.a. Briggs and Daniel Rankine p.k.a. Trials|
The Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music' is decided by APRA's Board of Writer and Publisher Directors for a lifetime contribution. The Award is named after Ted Albert whose company Albert Productions put out records by The Easybeats, AC/DC and John Paul Young.
|1995||Harry Vanda and George Young|
|2003||Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Bon Scott|
Breakthrough Songwriter Award is decided by APRA's Board of Writer and Publisher Directors for an emerging songwriter or groups of writers. The award category was first introduced by APRA in 2002.
|2002||Jennifer Waite and Grant Wallis (Aneiki)|
|2003||Craig Nicholls (The Vines)|
|2006||Myles Heskett, Christopher Ross and Andrew Stockdale (Wolfmother)|
|2007||Glenn Richards (Augie March)|
|2008||Sally Seltmann (New Buffalo)|
|2009||Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu|
|2010||Nick Littlemore, Jonathan Sloan, Luke Steele (Empire of the Sun)|
|2012||Killian Gavin, Jonathon Hart, Timothy Hart, David Hosking, Jacob Tarasenko (Boy & Bear)|
|2013||Matthew Colwell (p.k.a. 360), Kaelyn Behr (p.k.a. Styalz)|
|2015||Michael Clifford, Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood, Ashton Irwin (5 Seconds of Summer)|
|2017||Troye Sivan a.k.a. Troye Sivan Mellet|
There are a number of awards given for most performed work based on a statistical analysis of APRA's database. These awards include "Most Performed Australian Work of the Year", "Most Performed Australian Work Overseas", "Most Performed Foreign Work", "Most Performed Jazz Work", "Most Performed Country Work" and "Most Performed Dance Work".
In 2001, APRA joined forces with the Australian Music Centre (AMC) to present awards for Australian classical music, known as Classic Awards. The AMC had been presenting annual awards for classical music since 1988, apart from a 1993-1995 hiatus due to funding cuts. The participation of APRA helped to secure the future of the awards, which are the only Australian awards for contemporary Australian classical music. This award has been won by well-known composers including Brenton Broadstock, Brett Dean, Ross Edwards, Georges Lentz, Liza Lim, Richard Mills, and Peter Sculthorpe. After another hiatus in 2010, the event returned as the Art Music Awards the following year, restructured and with two new categories.
The awards now cover classical, jazz and improvised music, experimental music and sound art, recognising achievement in composition, performance, education and presentation. As of 2019. eleven national awards as well as awards for each state and territory are available. There is also a discretionary award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music.
The annual Screen Music Awards were first presented in 2002 by APRA and AMCOS in conjunction with the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC). The ceremony, held in November, acknowledges excellence and innovation in the field of screen composition, and as of 2019 covers 13 categories.
The Emily Burrows Award was instituted in 2001 in memory of Emily Burrows, a former APRA AMCOS membership representative and compliance officer. It is awarded to a South Australian artist or band annually with a $5,000 prize, to further their development and career. Electric Fields won it in 2016, with previous winners including Hilltop Hoods and The Beards.
As part of its 75th anniversary celebrations in 2001, APRA created a list of the top 30 Australian songs. A panel of 100 music personalities were asked to list the ten best Australian songs, the data was compiled and the Top Ten in numerical order, was announced at the 2001 APRA Music Awards ceremony. At the ceremony You Am I performed the #1 listed song "Friday on My Mind" with Ross Wilson performing the #2 listed song "Eagle Rock". The next 20 songs in the Top 30 had been announced four weeks earlier.