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:: Spotlight :: 2007 APRA Music Awards Celebrate 25 Years Of Australian Music

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Back in 1982 APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) held its first ever APRA Music Awards. Back then, as they remain today, the APRA Music Awards were dedicated to honouring Australian composers and songwriters – the people who create the music.

On this momentous night 25 years ago, five Gold Awards were presented to a bright cast of artists – Graham Goble for Reminiscing, Graham Russell for the hugely popular Lost In Love, Glenn Shorrock for Cool Change, the immensely successful Vanda & Young for Love Is In The Air and the then kings of Aussie rock, ACDC for Highway To Hell.

The significance of these songs is reflected by the fact that Love Is In The Air and Highway To Hell are nominated (yet again!) in 2007 for the Most Performed Australian Work Overseas - 25 years after they first won gongs at the inaugural APRA Music Awards.

This year APRA is proud to join with the Australian music industry to celebrate the most successful songwriters of this year plus the 25th Anniversary of the APRA Music Awards and the past quarter century of great Australian songwriting and composing.

The celebrated SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR, the TED ALBERT AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICES TO AUSTRALIAN MUSIC and the BREAKTHROUGH SONGWRITER AWARD are decided by APRA’s Board of Writer and Publisher Directors.
Winners will be announced at the 2007 APRA Music Awards on June 5 at the Melbourne Town Hall.

The 2007 APRA Music Awards will again be hosted by the irrepressible Jonathan Biggins and will feature stunning live performances and special guest presenters.

APRA is proud to announce the nominees for the 2007 APRA Music Awards as follows:

SONG OF THE YEAR

Title - Black Fingernails Red Wine
Artist - Eskimo Joe
Writers - Kav Temperley / Stuart Macleod / Joel Quartermain
Publisher - Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Title - Funky Tonight
Artist - John Butler Trio
Writer - John Butler
Publisher - Family Music Pty Ltd

Title - Heart’s A Mess
Artist - Gotye
Writer - Walter De Backer

Title - Joker And The Thief
Artist - Wolfmother
Writers - Andrew Stockdale / Myles Heskett / Christopher Ross
Publisher - Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd

Title - One Crowded Hour
Artist - Augie March
Writer - Glenn Richards
Publisher - Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd


MOST PERFORMED AUSTRALIAN WORK

Title - Flaunt It
Artist - TV Rock featuring Seany B
Writers - Sean Berchik / Ivan Gough / Grant Smillie
Publisher - Sony / ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Title - Lift
Artist - Shannon Noll
Writers - Adam Reily* / Bryon Jones / Shannon Noll^ / Andrew Roachford (PRS)#
Publishers - BMG Music Publishing Australia* / EMI Music Publishing Australia^ / Mushroom Music Pty Ltd#

Title - Opportunity
Artist - Pete Murray
Writer - Pete Murray
Publisher - Sony / ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Title - Songbird
Artist - Bernard Fanning
Writer - Bernard Fanning
Publisher - BMG Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Title - Wish You Well
Artist - Bernard Fanning
Writer - Bernard Fanning
Publisher - BMG Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd


MOST PERFORMED AUSTRALIAN WORK OVERSEAS

Title - Are You Gonna Be My Girl
Artist - Jet
Writers - Nicholas Cester / Cameron Muncey
Publishers - BMG Music International / Famous Music on behalf of Get Jet Music. Inc

Title - Down Under
Artist - Men At Work
Writers - Colin Hay / Ronald Strykert (BMI)
Publisher - EMI Songs Australia Pty Ltd

Title - Highway to Hell
Artist - AC/DC
Writers - Bon Scott / Angus Young / Malcolm Young
Publisher - J. Albert & Son Pty Ltd

Title - Look What You’ve Done
Artist - Jet
Writer - Nicholas Cester
Publishers - BMG Music International / Famous Music on behalf of Get Jet Music. Inc

Title - Love Is In The Air
Artist - John Paul Young
Writers - Harry Vanda / George Young
Publisher - J. Albert & Son Pty Ltd

MOST PERFORMED FOREIGN WORK

Title - Far Away
Artist - Nickelback
Writers - Chad Kroeger (SOCAN) / Michael Kroeger (SOCAN) / Ryan Peake (SOCAN) / Daniel Adair (SOCAN)
Publisher - Warner Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd

Title - Feel Better
Artist - Santana featuring Steven Tyler
Writers - Burleigh Johnson (ASCAP) / Damon Johnson (ASCAP) /James Scoggin (ASCAP)*
Publishers - Peermusic Pty Ltd / EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd*

Title - Forever Young
Artist - Youth Group
Writers - Marian Gold (GEMA) / Bernhard Lloyd (GEMA) / Frank Mertens (GEMA)
Publisher - Fable Music Pty Ltd

Title - Love Generation
Artist - Bob Sinclar
Writers - Gary Pine (ASCAP) / Christophe Le Friant (SACEM) / Jean-Guy Schreiner (SACEM) / Alain Wisniak (SACEM) / Duane Harden (ASCAP)
Publisher - Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd

Title - Talk
Artist - Coldplay
Writers - Ralf Hutter (ASCAP)# / Karl Bartos (GEMA)^/ Guy Berryman (PRS)*/ Jonathan Buckland (PRS)*/ William Champion (PRS)*/ Chris Martin (PRS)*/ Emil Schult (GEMA)#
Publishers - Sony / ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd# / Warner Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd^ / BMG Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd*

MOST PERFORMED JAZZ WORK

Title - Bungalow
Artist - The Catholics
Writer - Lloyd Swanton

Title - Complicated Woman
Artist - Mark Sholtez
Writer - Mark Sholtez
Publisher - EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Title - Dream About You
Artist - Mark Sholtez
Writer - Mark Sholtez
Publisher - EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Title - Love Me For The Cool
Artist - Mark Sholtez
Writer - Mark Sholtez
Publisher - EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Title - Village
Artist - David Jones and Friends
Writers - Anthony Gould / David Jones / Ian Robertson

MOST PERFORMED COUNTRY WORK

Title - Going Back Home
Artist - Troy Cassar-Daley
Writer - Troy Cassar-Daley
Publisher - EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Title - Midnight Run
Artist - Travis Sinclair
Writers - Travis Sinclair / Garth Porter*
Publishers - ORiGiN Music Group*

Title - New Bush
Artist - Lee Kernaghan
Writers - Garth Porter / Colin Buchanan^ / Lee Kernaghan*
Publishers - Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd^ / ORiGiN Music Group*

Title - Nothing At All
Artist - Kasey Chambers
Writer - Kasey Chambers
Publisher - Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Title - Something That My Heart Does
Artist - The McClymonts
Writers - Brooke McClymont* / Erik Bernholm (STIM)^
Publishers - EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd* / Hebbes Music Group Pty Ltd^

MOST PERFORMED DANCE WORK

Title - Flaunt It
Artist - TV Rock featuring Seany B
Writer - Sean Berchik / Ivan Gough / Grant Smillie
Publisher - Sony / ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Title - I Love It
Artist - Sneaky Sound System
Writer - Angus McDonald

Title - Tilt My Hat
Artist - Andy J
Writer - Andrew Farriss / Michael Hutchence
Publisher - Universal/MCA Music Publishing Pty Ltd

Title - Way To Go
Artist - Rogue Traders
Writer - Jamie Appleby* / Isaac Moran^
Publisher - ORiGiN Music Group* / BMG Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd^

Title - We’re Coming Home
Artist - Rogue Traders
Writer - Jamie Appleby* / Melinda Appleby^
Publisher - ORiGiN Music Group* / BMG Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd^

MOST PERFORMED URBAN WORK

Title - Get Up Outta The Dirt
Artist - Butterfingers
Writer - Eddie Jacobson

Title - Hold On
Artist - Phrase
Writers - Harley Webster* / Jan Skubiszewski / Daniel Merriweather*
Publisher - Marlin Publishing Pty Limited*

Title - In Front Of Me
Artist - TZU
Writers - Joel Ma / Corey McGregor / Pip Norman / Shehab Tariq
Publisher - Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Title - It’s About To Blow
Artist - DJ Peril
Writers - Jason Foretti / Nathan Barbatiello / Christopher Drew
Publisher - Rubber Music Publishing administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Title - Superstar
Artist - Jade MacRae
Writers - Jade MacRae / Dwaine Cruz* / Charles Lomu
Publisher - Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd*


MOST PERFORMED BLUES AND ROOTS WORK

Title - Funky Tonight
Artist - John Butler Trio
Writer - John Butler
Publisher - Family Music Pty Ltd

Title - Middle of the Hill
Artist - Josh Pyke
Writer - Josh Pyke
Publisher - Ivy League Music / Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Title - Songbird
Artist - Bernard Fanning
Writer - Bernard Fanning
Publisher - BMG Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Title - Watch Over Me
Artist - Bernard Fanning
Writer - Bernard Fanning
Publisher - BMG Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Title - Wish You Well
Artist - Bernard Fanning
Writer - Bernard Fanning
Publisher - BMG Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

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**Winners announced**

A quarter of a century of rich Australian musical culture was celebrated last night in classic APRA style at the association's annual Awards night.

Australia's music community of songwriters, performers and industry luminaries were treated to stand out performances by Katie Noonan, TV Rock featuring Seany B, Augie March, Eskimo Joe, Phrase, Colin Hay and a special appearance by Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins and Kev Carmody.

The winners of the 2007 APRA Music Awards are:

SONG OF THE YEAR
Title - One Crowded Hour
Artist - Augie March
Writer - Glenn Richards
Publisher - Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Artist - Andrew Stockdale, Myles Heskett, Christopher Ross (Wolfmother)
Publisher - Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd

BREAKTHROUGH SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Artist - Glenn Richards
Publisher - Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

TED ALBERT AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICES TO AUSTRALIAN MUSIC
Michael McMartin

MOST PERFORMED AUSTRALIAN WORK
Title - Lift
Artist - Shannon Noll
Writers - Adam Reily* / Bryon Jones / Shannon Noll^ / Andrew Roachford (PRS)#
Publishers - BMG Music Publishing Australia* / EMI Music Publishing Australia^ / Mushroom Music Pty Ltd#

MOST PERFORMED AUSTRALIAN WORK OVERSEAS
Title - Are You Gonna Be My Girl
Artist - Jet
Writers - Nicholas Cester / Cameron Muncey
Publishers - BMG Music International / Famous Music on behalf of Get Jet Music Inc

MOST PERFORMED FOREIGN WORK
Title - Feel Better
Artist - Santana featuring Steven Tyler
Writers - Burleigh Johnson (ASCAP) / Damon Johnson (ASCAP) /James Scoggin (ASCAP)*
Publishers - Peermusic Pty Ltd / EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd*

MOST PERFORMED JAZZ WORK
Title - Love Me For The Cool
Artist - Mark Sholtez
Writer - Mark Sholtez
Publisher - EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

MOST PERFORMED COUNTRY WORK
Title - Nothing At All
Artist - Kasey Chambers
Writer - Kasey Chambers
Publisher - Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

MOST PERFORMED DANCE WORK
Title - Flaunt It
Artist - TV Rock featuring Seany B
Writer - Sean Berchik / Ivan Gough / Grant Smillie
Publisher - Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

MOST PERFORMED URBAN WORK
Title - Get Up Outta The Dirt
Artist - Butterfingers
Writer - Eddie Jacobson

MOST PERFORMED BLUES AND ROOTS WORK
Title - Songbird
Artist - Bernard Fanning
Writer - Bernard Fanning
Publisher - BMG Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Bernard Fanning Seany B, Ivan Gough & Grant Smillie
Augie March
Eskimo Joe (spot the difference!)
Mark Sholtez
Jade Macrae
Missy Higgins
Shannon Noll Shannon with Brooke McClymont
Katie Noonan Jesse Hooper, Ella Hooper & Ryan Caesar
Clare Bowditch James Reyne
Peter Garrett and wife
Seany B and parents
Evermore
Phrase with Jade Macrae
Dave Faulkner (Hoodoo Gurus) Jenny Morris
Colin Hay (Men At Work) Gaynor & Glenn Wheatley
Abby Dobson David Hirschfelder and wife
Lior Ralph Carr and Emma Gibson
Kate Alexa Kate with parents Sue & Michael Gudinski
Yumi Stynes with Evermore
Yumi with Ella Hooper
Tex Perkins and Tim Rogers Tex and Tim with Bernard Fanning
John Woodruff Glenn Shorrock
Emma Hewitt Anthony & Emma Hewitt
Bigpond Music's Colette Werden with Eskimo Joe's Kav Temperley
For more information, visit

www.apra.com.au