Song of the Year

  • Nominations for Song of the Year will be determined by APRA members. The subsequent winner will be determined by a specialist Voting Academy consisting of previous APRA Awards nominees. This will be determined from a shortlist of nominations approved by the APRA Board. Votes are received electronically and tallied by APRA.

Songwriter of the Year

  • Songwriter of the Year is assessed by an independent Advisory Group, as appointed by the APRA Board, rewarding the songwriter or group of songwriters who have achieved the most impressive body of work in the previous year as reflected by single and album releases, charts, co-writes, awards and tours/supports; and the advisory committee's assessment of the outstanding quality of that body of work.  A recipient may receive this award in consecutive years if their achievements are deemed worthy by the Committee. All nominees/recipients must be a member of APRA. The final determination of this Award lies with the APRA Board of Directors.

Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music

  • Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music is decided by APRA's Board of Writer and Publisher Directors for an individual or group considered to have made an outstanding contribution to the Music industry over a number of years.

Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year

  • Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year is assessed by an independent Advisory Group, as appointed by the APRA Board, for an emerging songwriter or group of writers. The recipients’ work should reflect achievements in the previous year based on single and album releases, charts, awards and tours/supports; and the advisory committee's assessment that the recipient has, in the past year, released songs of outstanding quality. A songwriter or group of songwriters is NOT eligible for nomination of Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year if they have previously been nominated in this category. All nominees/recipients must be a member of APRA.The final determination of this Award lies with the APRA Board of Directors.

Overseas Recognition Award

  • The Overseas Recognition Award is assessed by the APRA Board under the guidance of a Board appointed independent specialist Advisory Committee, for a songwriter or group of writers. The recipients’ work should reflect achievements in the previous year based on International single and album releases, International charts, awards and tours/supports; and the Advisory Committee's assessment that the recipient has, in the past year, released songs of outstanding quality. All nominees/recipients must be a member of APRA. The final determination of this Award lies with the APRA Board of Directors.

    -  This category should be inclusive of all genres honouring excellence and achievements within their given genre and field.

    -  Songwriter or group of songwriters eligible must have at 33.3% ownership within the work/s being honoured or recognized

Licensee of the Year Award

The newly created License of the Year Award as assessed by the APRA Board, is designed to reward licensee groups for good music citizenship. The recommended recipient has been selected against the criteria of consistent compliance and demonstrated support of music such as the presentation of local content or innovative use of music.

THE FOLLOWING AWARDS ARE GIVEN BASED ON APRA'S STATISTICAL ANALYSIS:

Most Played Australian Work

International Work of the Year

Most Played Australian Work Overseas

Blues and Roots Work of the Year

  • Call for Blues & Roots Release information is emailed to APRA's membership. Members are asked to submit eligible works via APRA's website for the relevant period.
  • Data gathered via the website is cross referenced with AIR charts.
  • Once nominations are finalised an independent body will review the works to determine they are suited to the genre.

Country Work of the Year

  • List of works compiled from the Country Tracks Top 30. This is compiled from radio airplay of tracks released in Australia throughout the relevant period.
  • Music Network Country Music chart is also used to cross reference with Country Tracks chart.

Dance Work of the Year

  • List of works compiled from ARIA club and AIR dance/electronica charts. This is based on all works charted and released in the relevant period.

Urban Work of the Year

  • List of works compiled from ARIA Urban chart and cross referenced with ARIA singles Top 100 chart. This is based on all works charted and released in the relevant period.

Rock Work of the Year

  • List of works compiled from ARIA charts and cross referenced with ARIA singles Top 100 chart. This is based on all works charted and released in the relevant period.

Pop Work of the Year

  • List of works compiled from ARIA charts and cross referenced with ARIA singles Top 100 chart. This is based on all works charted and released in the relevant period.

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