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:: Spotlight :: 2009 APRA Music Awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

With the announcement of the nominations for the 2009 APRA Music Awards not far away, APRA is delighted to confirm details of some of the artists who have signed on to help us celebrate this year’s crop of nominees.

While the 2009 APRA Music Awards are taking place in Melbourne on Tuesday, June 23 at the Peninsula, Docklands, the media and industry launch will be held on Wednesday, May 27 at APRA/AMCOS’s new premises in Ultimo, Sydney. Hosted by ABC Radio presenter Adam Spencer, the nominations event will feature special performances by two female artists who cover both ends of the musical spectrum.

The vocal powerhouse that is Kate Miller-Heidke will perform a very special song at the 2009 APRA Music Awards nominations event. Her second album Curiouser - the critically acclaimed follow up to her debut album Little Eve - radiates an inspiring creative vision with its audacious mash-up of primal percussion, stomp box, '80s synth squiggles, oddball sound effects, operatic interjections and timeless radio pop.

Super hot urban artist Jessica Mauboy will perform a song from her platinum selling debut album Been Waiting. From a triumphant stint in the pop supergroup, Young Divas, through to her transition to hugely successful solo artist, she has captured the attention of fans and high profile musicians from around the world, and is proving to be a force to be reckoned with.

As always, there will be great anticipation to hear the roll call of the five nominees for the prestigious, peer voted APRA Song of the Year award. Arguably the centrepiece of the APRA Music Awards, this award continues to be the biggest peer voted music award in Australia. The celebrated Song of the Year award is voted by up to 30,000 APRA members and all songs written by APRA members which have been released in the preceding calendar year, are eligible for consideration.

The APRA Music Awards give songwriters and publishers - that have achieved outstanding success in their fields across 12 categories - the opportunity to be honoured before their peers. Nominations and winners in each Award category are chosen either by the voting members of APRA (in excess of 30,000 eligible voters), members of the APRA Board or APRA based statistical analysis.

The APRA awards based on statistical analysis are:
Most Played Australian Work
Most Played Australian Work Overseas
Most Played Foreign Work
Urban Work of the Year
Dance Work of the Year
Blues and Roots Work of the Year
Jazz Work of the Year
Country Work of the Year

The APRA Board of Writer and Publisher Directors decide the celebrated Songwriter of the Year award and the Ted Albert Award For Outstanding Services to Australian Music. Previous recipients of these prestigious awards include Daniel Johns (2008 APRA Music Award Songwriter of the Year recipients), Bernard Fanning and Neil Finn and Roger Davies (2008 APRA Music Award recipient of Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music), Michael Chugg, Michael McMartin, Don Burrows, and Angus and Malcolm Young.

The APRA Board of Writer and Publisher Directors also decide the Breakthrough Songwriter Award, which recognises emerging songwriter talent.

The 2009 APRA Music Awards will be hosted by Jonathan Biggins and will feature live performances and special guest presenters. The event will also be captured by subscription television partner MAX for a special that will be broadcast exclusively on MAX, which is available on FOXTEL and AUSTAR.

Here is the complete list of APRA Music Award categories.

Song of the Year
Songwriter of the Year
Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music
Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year
Most Played Australian Work
Most Played Foreign Work
Most Played Australian Work Overseas
Urban Work of the Year
Dance Work of the Year
Blues and Roots Work of the Year
Jazz Work of the Year
Country Work of the Year


The 2009 APRA Music Awards take place in Melbourne on Tuesday, June 23 at the Peninsula, Docklands.

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**Update as at May 28, 2009 - Nominees announced**

NOMINEES FOR THE 2009 APRA MUSIC AWARDS

Song of the Year
Can't Shake It - Kate Miller-Heidke
Dig Lazarus Dig - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Rattlin’ Bones - Kasey Chambers / Shane Nicholson
Walking on a Dream - Empire of the Sun
White Noise - The Living End

Most Played Australian Work
Don’t Hold Back - The Potbelleez
I Don’t Do Surprises - Axle Whitehead
Perfect - Vanessa Amorosi
This Heart Attack - Faker
Untouched - The Veronicas

Urban Work of the Year
City of Dreams - Joel Turner featuring C4 and KNO
In The Basement - Jade MacRae
Running Back - Jessica Mauboy featuring Flo Rida
The Sea Is Rising - Bliss N Eso
Woodstock 2008 - Bliss N Eso

Dance Work of the Year
Are You With Me - The Potbelleez
Don’t Hold Back - The Potbelleez
Don’t You Wanna Feel - Rogue Traders
Kansas City - Sneaky Sound System
This Boy’s In Love - The Presets

Blues & Roots Work of the Year
Cowboy Movie – 8 Ball Aitken
Heal Me – Lior
Stay -The Waifs
Sun Dirt Water – The Waifs
Sunshine – Old Man River

Country Work of the Year
Coming From / Khe Sanh – Adam Brand
Good Girls -Amber Lawrence
I’m Doin Alright – Adam Harvey
Long Live the Girls – Sara Storer
Rattlin’ Bones – Kasey Chambers / Shane Nichols

Jazz Work of the Year
Beyond Both Worlds – Shannon-Goodrich Ensemble
Moments and Eternities – Joe Chindamo
Raindrop – Paul Grabowsky
Sailing Day – Shannon-Goodrich Ensemble
Something Will Come To Light – Joe Chindamo

Most Played Foreign Work
All Your Reasons - Matchbox 20
Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis
Dream Catch Me - Newton Faulkner
Pictures of You - The Last Goodnight
Stop and Stare - One Republic

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**Denis Handlin to receive special award**

Organisers of the forthcoming APRA Music Awards are proud to announce that Denis Handlin AM, Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Australia & New Zealand, will receive the 2009 TED ALBERT AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICES TO AUSTRALIAN MUSIC. This prestigious Award will be presented to him at the 2009 APRA Music Awards to be held on Tuesday June 23 at the Peninsula in Melbourne.

The recipient of the Ted Albert Award For Outstanding Services to Australian Music is chosen by the APRA Board of Writer and Publisher Directors and previous recipients include some of Australia’s most respected music industry heavyweights including Michael Chugg, Michael McMartin, Don Burrows, Angus and Malcolm Young and the 2008 recipient, manager extraordinaire Roger Davies.

APRA CEO Brett Cottle said, “Denis’ name has been synonymous with the success of some of Australia’s best loved acts over the past 25 years. His driving leadership and unstinting support of Australian music artists has helped shape our modern music landscape. A true advocate for Australian music, it is fitting that his influence is recognised in this way. On behalf of the APRA Board, we congratulate you”.

Known for his championing of Australian music talent and his highly competitive spirit, Denis Handlin was born in Brisbane and started with the Australian Record Company (now Sony Music) in May 1970 in the Distribution Division of the Brisbane office. Since then, he has held a number of senior positions including National Promotions Manager, Director of Marketing and General Manager, Marketing and Sales. He was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in 1984. In February 1996, Denis was made Chairman & CEO, Sony Music Entertainment Australia Limited and appointed to the international committee responsible for the company’s global strategy.

Under his leadership, Australian artists such as Men At Work, Midnight Oil, Daryl Braithwaite, Silverchair, Delta Goodrem, Tina Arena, Human Nature, Pete Murray, Rogue Traders, Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Shannon Noll and Natalie Bassingthwaighte have achieved significant recognition and success. International artists marketed and introduced to Australian audiences by Denis have included Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Tony Bennett, and Foo Fighters.

Denis has a deep involvement in the music industry. He has served on the committees of several industry associations and has held various positions including Chairman of the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia, Vice Chairman of the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and Chairman of the Australia Industry Chart Committee. Denis has been a member of ARIA since 1984 and held the position of Chairman of ARIA for an unprecedented ten consecutive years.

Outside of the music industry, Denis is strongly committed to community work and is a founding member of the Sony Foundation Australia, which has raised in excess of $12 million since 1999 for youth-based charitable causes. His community work has also included major fund raising for the Children’s Hospital Westmead, Parkinson’s Syndrome Society, the 2009 Victorian Bushfire areas and a number of other important charities. Denis was made a Patron of the Youth Off The Streets scholarship program in its inaugural year in 2004.

“I am truly humbled and honoured by this recognition from APRA. To be recognised by industry peers and in this case particularly from songwriters and music publishers, is very special indeed. I have the deepest respect and admiration for Ted Albert. He was one of the real founders of the modern Australian music industry and a great champion of songwriters and artists. I first met him when I was a very young MD in the 80s and he has always been a great influence on me.” – said Denis Handlin AM, Chairman & CEO Sony Music Entertainment Australia & New Zealand

In the Australia Day 2005 Honours List, Denis was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his “service to the music industry, particularly through the promotion of Australian musicians, to professional organisations, and to the community through fundraising for charitable organisations.”

APRA congratulates Denis on his immense achievement during his career so far.

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**Winners announced**

WINNERS OF THE 2009 APRA MUSIC AWARDS

Song of the Year
Title - White Noise
Artist - The Living End
Writer - Chris Cheney
Publisher - Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd

APRA Songwriters of the Year
Kim Moyes & Julian Hamilton - The Presets
Publisher - EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

APRA Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
Publisher - SFM Publishing

Ted Albert Award For Outstanding Services to Australian Music
Denis Handlin AM

Most Played Australian Work
Title - This Heart Attack
Artist - Faker
Writer - Nathan Hudson
Publisher - Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Urban Work of the Year
Title - Running Back
Artist - Jessica Mauboy featuring Flo Rida
Writers - Jessica Mauboy / Audius Mtawarira / Sean Mullins
Publishers - Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd
Blind Faith Entertainment Pty Ltd administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Dance Work of the Year
Title - Don’t Hold Back
Artist - The Potbelleez
Writers - David Greene/Ilan Kidron/Jonathan Murphy/Sam Littlemore
Publishers - MCDJ Music/Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd

Blues & Roots Work of the Year
Title - Sunshine
Artist - Old Man River
Writers - Ohad Rein/Edo Kahn/Nadav Kahn
Publisher - Albert Music

Country Work of the Year
Title - Rattlin’ Bones
Artist - Kasey Chambers/Shane Nicholson
Writers - Kasey Chambers/Shane Nicholson
Publishers - Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Jazz Work of the Year
Title - Something Will Come To Light
Artist - Joe Chindamo
Writer - Joe Chindamo
Publishers - ORiGiN Music Publishing Pty Ltd administered by Albert Music

Most Played Australian Work Overseas
Title - Highway to Hell
Artist - AC/DC
Writers - Bon Scott / Angus Young / Malcolm Young
Publisher - Albert Music

Most Played Foreign Work
Title - All Your Reasons
Artist - Matchbox 20
Writers - Kyle Cook(ASCAP) / Rob Thomas (ASCAP)/ Paul Doucette (BMI) / Brian Yale (BMI)
Publisher - EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

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www.apra-amcos.com.au