THE AWARDS

1. 15 Awards are conferred

Nine based on APRA's statistical analysis:

  • Most Played Australian Work
  • Most Played Australian Work Overseas
  • International Work of the Year
  • Country Work of the Year
  • Dance Work of the Year
  • Urban Work of the Year
  • Blues and Roots Work of the Year
  • Rock Work of the Year
  • Pop Work of the Year

One based on voting by APRA members:

  • Song of the Year

Five given at the discretion of the Board of Directors of APRA;

  • Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year
  • Songwriter of the Year
  • Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Service 
    to Australian Music
  • Overseas Recognition Award
  • Licensee of the Year

2. The Award is in the form of a trophy suitably inscribed.



ELIGIBILITY AND ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

1. For Most Played and Works of the Year (Excluding Most Played Australian Work Overseas and International Work of the Year)

a)      An APRA writer member must have co-written a minimum share of 33% in the work.

b)      The work must have been released in a 15 month period. For example, for Awards held in 2017, the eligible release date period will be 1st July 2015 to 30th September 2016.

c)       Repeat nominations in Work of the Year categories over consecutive years will be reviewed by the APRA Board of Directors.

d)      (Including Most Played Australian Work Overseas and International Work of the Year, excluding Song of the Year) Nominees and subsequent winners are determined by performance activity, as reflected by earnings, according to APRA's statistical analysis for the relevant 12 month period.

e)      Genre categories are cross referenced with all available chart information, as well as iTunes categories, genres and sub genres.

f)       A maximum of two nominations per songwriter applies to these categories

2. For International Work of the Year nominations

a)      The work must have been written principally by a member of a collecting society affiliated with APRA.

b)      The work must have been released in a 15 month period. For example, the Awards held in 2017, the eligible release date period will be 1st July 2015 to 30th September 2016.

3. Most Played Australian Work Overseas

a)      An APRA writer member must have co-written a minimum share of 33% in the work.

b)      Nominees and subsequent winners are determined by performance activity, as reflected by earnings, according to APRA's statistical analysis for the relevant 12 month period.

4. The Award for 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. All nominees/recipients must be a member of APRA. The final determination of this Award lies with the APRA Board of Directors.

5. The Award for 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.

6. The Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Service 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.

7. APRA 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.

a)      An APRA writer member must have co-written a minimum share of 33% in the work.

b)      The work must have been released in the relevant 12 month calendar period.

8. 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 recipients must be a member of APRA. The final determination of this Award lies with the APRA Board of Directors.

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

b)      Songwriter or group of songwriters eligible must have at 33.3% ownership within the work/s being honoured or recognised.

9. 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.

INFORMATION, ADVICE AND DISPUTES

For assistance with information, advice or the resolution of disputes, members in the first instance should direct queries to the Director of Member Services, who may respond directly or refer the matter to the APRA Board.


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