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Finalists announced!

36 songwriters and composers have been named finalists in the 2013 APRA Professional Development Awards and they are now one step closer to becoming our next success story.

A panel of high profile judges including Jason Mraz, Josh Pyke, Gary Clark, Troy Cassar-Daley and Sam Hollander has given their initial verdict to arrive at an exciting list of composers who are in the running to receive one of eight PDAs when they are announced on Monday, March 25.

The finalists’ list features an intriguing mix of songwriters and composers including some that are already on the rise. From Matt Corby, Husky Gawenda, Thomas Busby, Leah Flanagan and Elizabeth Rose to experimental classical composer Julian Day, country music star Morgan Evans, screen composer Amy Bastow and Casey Golden who is making his mark on the Australian jazz scene.

With a total prize pool value of $240,000 this year’s winners will take home a life-changing package to the value of $30,000 including $12,000 cash courtesy of APRA. Winners will also receive a ‘Music Industry Consultancy Package’ that involves one-on-one sessions with Managers, Publishers and Music Industry business teams, so they’ll be fully set up to take their career to the next level.

Drum roll please for the finalists of the 2013 APRA PDA’s:

POPULAR CONTEMPORARY
(3 Awards will be given in this category including Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Hip Hop, Dance and R&B)
Andy Bull, Andrew Burford, Thomas Busby, Thomas Calder, Jack Carty, Matt Corby, Husky Gawenda, Georgi Kay, Jordie Lane and Elizabeth Rose

CLASSICAL
Julian Day, Nirmali Fenn, Alexander Garsden, Daniel Rojas and Chris Williams

JAZZ
Kristin Berardi, Sam Boon, Casey Golden, Steve Newcomb and Matthew Sheens

COUNTRY
(please note votes in this category were tied, hence 6 finalists)
Chelsea Basham, Lachlan Bryan, Brad Butcher, Peter Denahy, Morgan Evans and Matt Scullion

FILM & TELEVISION
David Barber, Amy Bastow, Tristan Coelho, Aaron Kenny and Joe Twist

ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER (ATSI)
Dewayne Everettsmith, Leah Flanagan, Nathan Lamont, Gina McGill and Warren H Williams
 

The winners of the 2013 APRA PDAs will be announced on Monday March 25th.


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ABOUT THE AWARDS

The APRA Professional Development Awards are conducted every two years by APRA in conjunction with music organisations and institutions involved in the representation or education of Australian music writers. The Awards offer cash, travel, education and recognition to eight (8) music writers in the early stages of their careers.

Past winners include Wally de Backer (Gotye) - could one of this year’s Professional Development Award winners be our next Gotye?

Read more about the awards

Top 200 List

Congratulations to the successful applicants who have progressed to the second round of judging in APRA's 2013 Professional Development Awards.

The response this year has been overwhelming, with over 1500 entries, all of which were assessed by our 29 Partner Organisations.

View the top 200 list