Finalists for the 2017 APRA Professional Development Awards have been announced today, with 40 songwriters and composers, across eight categories, being nominated.
The bi-annual award ceremony sees a wide variety of emerging singers, songwriters, and composers being recognised for their amazing work within the industry, with the list of previous winners of the PDAs including big names such as Gotye, Abbe May, Briggs, and Vassy.
Tkay Maidza, Montaigne, Ainslie Wills, Robbie Miller, and Oscar Key Sung are just some of the nominees of this year’s awards. A reputable ‘who’s-who’ list of judges were tasked with naming the nominees this year, with judges including Lior, Mia Dyson, James Blundell, Brooke McClymont, and Leah Flanagan.
Eight categories see a total of 40 Aussie songwriters and composers in the running for recognition, with awards given under the categories of classical, country, dance/electronic, film & television, Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander, jazz, and three awards being awarded under the category of popular contemporary. The final category, Smugglers Of Light, is named for an organisation presenting the Indigenous Music and Media Award. The foundation is set up in memory of Eli Westlake, who was tragically killed in 2008 at the age of 21.
The awards are handed out on July 25th, so be sure to pay close attention to the proceedings on the date to see whose hard work has been formally recognised. Check out the full list of nominees below, and have a listen to a Spotify playlist of the finalists’ work below.
2017 APRA Professional Development Awards finalists
Jessica Cerro pka Montaigne
Peter Harding pka Thief
Sophie Payten pka Gordi
Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander
Joseph Dargan pka Lucky Luke
Timothy James Bowen
Jacob Grant pka Just a Gent
Laura Lowther pka Kučka
Nicholas Drabble pka Set Mo
Oscar Key Sung
Film & Television
Smugglers Of Light