The Screen Music Awards are set to return to Melbourne for the first time since since 2015.

Set to celebrate the unseen champions of music composition in film and television, the 2017 Screen Music Awards will take place on Monday November 13 at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Taking the baton from The Chaser’s Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen who hosted last year’s event in Sydney, will be comedian, writer, actor and author Denise Scott. Denise has appeared on high-rating TV shows House Husbands and Winners and Losers, and most recently was tapped as the voice of Channel 9’s Travel Guides. 

“I am just thrilled to be hosting this year’s Screen Music Awards, in the fair city of Melbourne no less! These musicians write music for screen stories and I love a good story. It should be a great night, full of laughs,” said Denise Scott.

Award winning screen composer Ashley Irwin has passed his baton on to first-time Screen Music Awards Music Director Jessica Wells. As a composer across the classical, commercial and film music worlds, Wells  and she has worked for some of Australia’s best composers. Her most recent role was as composer of the orchestral recordings of film soundtracks for Nigel Westlake’s Paper Planes and Jeffrey Walker’s just released Ali’s Wedding.

As in the past, this year’s Awards will see the Music Director lead a live orchestra as they take nominated selections from the screen and bring them into the concert hall for a special performance.