The APRA Professional Development Awards

by | 7 Nov, 2008

The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) Professional Development Awards are presented by APRA in conjunction with music organisations and institutions involved in the representation or education of Australian music writers. The Awards offer cash, travel and recognition to music writers in the early stages of their careers.

Australian winners of the 2009 PDAs will receive $12,000 cash to advance their careers through study or travel, PLUS: a Gibson guitar courtesy of long-time APRA Awards partner Gibson Guitars, studio time at Trackdown Recording Studio and access to an online course provided by the award-winning Berklee College of Music. Each prize package in 2009 PDAs will total more than $16,000.

The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) is proud to announce an increased financial and cultural commitment to songwriters and composers with eleven scholarships for emerging songwriters across Australia and New Zealand.

In 2009, APRA will award eight Australian Professional Development Awards (PDAs) and three NZ PDAs (that’s two more than 2006 in both countries!). The first of the two new Australian Awards will be for a popular contemporary songwriter, taking the total to three in this category. The second new Award will be for an emerging Indigenous songwriter or composer. These new Awards are in addition to the Awards in the established categories of Classical, Jazz, Country and Screen Music composition.

Australian winners will receive $12,000 cash to advance their careers through study or travel, PLUS: a Gibson guitar courtesy of long-time APRA Awards partner Gibson Guitars, studio time at Trackdown Recording Studio and access to an online course provided by the award-winning Berklee College of Music. Each prize package in 2009 PDAs will total more than $16,000.

APRA also administers the Jessica Michalik Contemporary Music Endowment as part of the PDA program. The Endowment gives a $10,000 development grant to a promising Australian songwriter or band, nominated by the producers of The Big Day Out.

Applications for the 2009 Australian PDAs open Monday 1 September 2008 with winners announced in March 2009.

Additional reading: APRA

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