The APRA-AGSC Screen Awards represent the successful marriage of two defining elements of contemporary Australian culture: music and film.
Since 2002, the annual Screen Music Awards have been proudly presented by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC), and held in both Sydney and Melbourne. The Awards have honoured the outstanding achievements of the unseen champions of the Australian and international film industries: composers such as David Hirschfelder, Peter Best, Lisa Gerrard, Bruce Rowland and Bruce Smeaton.
"Sound and music are no longer peripheral when it comes to film. They have become central to the viewing experience of audiences everywhere" - Brett Cottle, APRA|AMCOS CEO.
In 1992, the AGSC held the inaugural Screen Music Awards in a small, smoke-filled club with just 40 guests, following their Annual General Meeting. Martin Armiger, who later went on to serve as AGSC president for seven years, conceived of the idea and Bob Young, then president of the Guild, was the first Screen Music Awards host. That first year also saw David Hirschfelder receive his first AGSC Award for Strictly Ballroom in the Best Soundtrack category.
"The Awards celebrate the craft of writing music for the screen - a language of emotions that enhance storytelling" - Art Phillips.
Over time, the Screen Music Awards have evolved into a premier event on the film and music industry calendars. Held in sophisticated inner city concert halls and venues, the Screen Music Awards have always provided an opportunity for screen composers to gather, network, reminisce and kick up their heels, in style. Since 2002, the Awards ceremony has featured a live orchestra to perform the nominated and winning works; and the subsequent black tie dinner provides an elegant back drop for the annual get-together.
"The great thing about coming to this Awards Ceremony is clocking people like Grabowsky, Bridie, Best and lots more. People who have made the stories we tell completely memorable. I believe you guys articulate the soul of stories that are told in this country." Penny Chapman, Producer.
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