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:: Spotlight :: 2013 APRA Music Awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The Australasian Performing Right Association's flagship event, the APRA Music Awards, will be held on Monday June 17 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. Hosted by Jonathan Biggins and Clare Bowditch, the 2013 APRA Music Awards marks the 31st year for this widely respected industry gala event, which celebrates the achievements of songwriters and composers over the previous twelve months.

The event will announce winners in the categories of: Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year, Most Played Australian Work, Most Played Australian Work Overseas, International Work of the Year, Country Work of the Year, Blues & Roots Work of the Year, Urban Work of the Year, Dance Work of the Year and Rock Work of the Year.

In response to feedback from members and the music industry, the APRA Board is pleased to announce a new award category this year: the Pop Work of the Year.

APRA CEO, Brett Cottle said, “The Pop Work of the Year Award will recognise excellence in songwriting in this popular, eclectic and now distinctive cross-over genre. Almost 65% of APRA members categorise themselves as songwriters in the Pop/Rock genre and songs that fit this category feature significantly in our own statistics and in recognised industry albums and singles charts. It's timely for our Music Awards to formally recognise and accommodate pop music as a genre in its own right and it will be an important milestone when we announce the first-ever winner in this category on June 17”.

The 2013 APRA Music Awards will also present the recipients of the prestigious Songwriter of the Year Award, the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music (as determined by the APRA Board of Writer and Publisher Directors) and the coveted peer-voted APRA Song of the Year.

APRA members have now nominated and narrowed down Song of the Year nominations to a shortlist of 30 contenders. This list showcases the best of the industry, featuring compositions by newcomers such as Flume, Matthew Colwell (360) and Courtney Barnett alongside established songwriters such as Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson, Sia Furler, Kevin Parker (Tame Impala), Missy Higgins, Grinspoon, Troy Cassar-Daley and Birds of Tokyo.

The nominees for the 2013 APRA Music Awards will be revealed on Thursday May 23.

CATEGORIES FOR 2013 APRA MUSIC AWARDS
Song of the Year (voted by APRA Members)
Most Played Australian Work*
Most Played Australian Work Overseas*
International Work of the Year *
Pop Work of the Year*
Country Work of the Year*
Blues & Roots Work of the Year *
Urban Work of the Year*
Dance Work of the Year*
Rock Work of the Year*

The APRA Board of Writer and Publisher Directors determine the following:
Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year
Songwriter of the Year
Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music

*Determined by statistical analysis

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**Update as at June 1, 2013**

They have been named Australians of the Year (1967) and appeared on their own “Music Legends” postage stamp. Now, in their 50th year, THE SEEKERS - Judith Durham, Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley - will add another honour to their illustrious career when they receive the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music at the 2013 APRA Music Awards on June 17.

Chosen by the APRA Board of Writer and Publisher Directors, the TED ALBERT AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICES TO AUSTRALIAN MUSIC honours those who have made a significant contribution to shaping and developing the Australian music landscape.

APRA|AMCOS CEO, Brett Cottle said, “Surely no other Australian act has had such enormous international appeal while retaining its unadorned sense of ‘Australianness’. The Seekers really put Australian music on the map: a succession of Top 5 hits around the world, including three UK number ones, all achieved at the height of the popularity of The Beatles, The Stones, The Beach Boys and Motown. The Seekers often outsold them all. And 50 years later the music sounds every bit as great as it did then. ”

THE SEEKERS are the only chart-topping band from the 60s with all its original founding members - still recording and performing after half a century. They first performed together in Melbourne in 1962 and became Australia's first international super group, topping charts around the world with unforgettable hits like Georgy Girl, The Carnival Is Over (No. 7 in the Top 10 UK Hits of the 60s), A World of Our Own and I'll Never Find Another You (which to date has had more than 7 million hits on youtube.com).

Famous for putting Australia on the international music map with their unique pop sound, singing four-part harmonies with acoustic guitars and double bass, THE SEEKERS still hold the record for the biggest concert crowd in the southern hemisphere (200,000) in March 1967. With the Golden Jubilee Album sitting in the top 10 of the ARIA Australian Artist Albums chart, THE SEEKERS embody the very spirit of the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music.

Regarding their impending honour, THE SEEKERS said, “Over the past 50 years, we've been the proud recipients of many awards from all over the world, but recognition in our own country has always meant a great deal to us. We are truly honoured to receive the Ted Albert Award, named after such a legendary and iconic figure in the Australian music industry.”

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**Update as at June 14, 2013**

Some of the biggest names in Australian music will bring their considerable talents to the stage at the 2013 APRA Music Awards. 2012 Song of the Year winner and worldwide pop sensation Wally De Backer (Gotye) will be joined by APRA Ambassador and all-round Australian music sweetheart Jenny Morris at the APRA Music Awards this year. They'll be in great company with hosts Jonathan Biggins and Clare Bowditch and special guest presenter Bert Newton when the event takes place at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre on Monday June 17.

Music impresario Michael Gudinski will step up to the APRA stage for a special presentation. And nominated for three awards at the 2013 APRA Music Awards are presenters Suffa and Debris from Hilltop Hoods. They will grace the APRA stage off the back of a nomination in the Most Played Australian Work and 2 nods in the Urban Work of the Year category. Fresh from a stint on The Voice as a mentor, Jessica Mauboy will also make a special appearance. Singer, songwriter, actress and APRA Ambassador, Jess is a performance superstar, having appeared on the small and large screen in addition to selling over 1.7 million total units in Australia. The explosive British India will perform at the 2013 APRA Music Awards off the back of their current album Controller. On stage they are something else - their live show is a fervent display of the camaraderie and musicality that still endures today, six years after they first caught our attention with Guillotine.

Modernist pop outfit Architecture in Helsinki will bring their inimitable presence to the 2013 APRA Music Awards performance stage. Their most recent album, Moment Bends, received rave reviews. Next up the band will take on a slot at the Splendour In The Grass festival in July. APRA Ambassador and electronica/doom pop star Abbe May along with best friend/producer Sam Ford and Spiderbait’s drummer extraordinaire Kram, will bring their experimental pop to the 2013 APRA Music Awards. After the album Design Desire, Abbe May took a sharp new turn away from her heavy guitar riffage and embraced experimental recording with a mellotron and a drum machine. The result is her current album, Kiss My Apocalypse, a killer album from
a killer Australian songwriter.

Six-piece indie/pop/rock band Ball Park Music has had a wild ride since their debut EP from 2009. Their most recent album Museum was released in Australia in October 2012 and was named triple j's Feature Album the following week. Fans across the country have caught on to the catchy pop tunes of Ball Park Music who will also showcase their wares at the Awards this month. Nominated in the Dance Work of the Year and Urban Work of the Year categories is Georgi Kay, who will also perform at the 2013 APRA Music Awards. Georgi has had a huge year writing and singing on the track In My Mind in collaboration with Australian house music producers Feenixpawl and Ivan Gough (Flo Rida released a remix titled In My Mind, Part II) as well as becoming a feature character in Jane Campion’s miniseries ‘Top of the Lake’. Georgi will perform with APRA Ambassador Robert Conley, currently one of the most in demand songwriter/producers in Australia. With his trademark melodies and beautiful voice, the multi-talented Lior will perform at the 2013 APRA Music Awards. Teaming up with Gian Slater, one of Australia’s most recognised and awarded jazz talents, the duo are sure to be one of many performance highlights during the Awards this year.

The 2013 APRA Music Awards featuring Jonathan Biggins & Clare Bowditch, Wally De Backer, Jessica Mauboy, Jenny Morris, Abbe May, Sam Ford and Kram, British India, Architecture in Helsinki, Ball Park Music, Georgi Kay and Robert Conley, Lior with Gian Slater, Michael Gudinski and Bert Newton.

2013 APRA MUSIC AWARDS
Monday June 17
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Hosted by Jonathan Biggins and Clare Bowditch

For more information, visit

www.apra-amcos.com.au