HOW TO APPLY

You must complete the Professional Development Award application form online. To avoid your application timing out, we recommend preparing everything before you begin. 

The cash prize is intended to help emerging songwriters and composers attend songwriting workshops, music education courses, composer seminars, co-writing sessions and other relevant activities either domestically or internationally. 

Note that the Awards are not intended to fund recording. Please consider this when writing your responses, as Partner Organisations will only assess applications that demonstrate a commitment to using the prize for professional development. 

You must submit responses to: 

  1. Details of your achievements in composing or songwriting (200 words)
  2. Details of your current engagement in musical studies, songwriting, performing, recording etc (200 words)
  3. What are your ambitions for a future career in composing and songwriting and how do you propose to achieve those ambitions? (200 words)
  4. How will winning an APRA Professional Development Award help you achieve your goals? (200 words)

You must also supply: 

  • Three of your works or songs as MP3 or MP4 for our judges to listen to. Please note: If you are entering the Film and TV category, you will need to provide a showreel to illustrate your work. If you do not have a showreel, you will need to download an approved clip, and compose a piece of music as part of your entry.
  • Depending on your chosen category: the scores, the lyrics or audiovisual examples for your works or songs.
  • A digital photo of yourself and brief bio for print.
  • A scan or digital photo of some identification such as your driver licence. If you are under 18, you will need a scanned letter of authority from your parent or guardian which can be found here.

Choose a category

You may only choose ONE of the following categories to apply to, and must supply the additional material outlined below:

  • Popular Contemporary (three awards are given in this category which covers pop, rock, metal, blues, folk, hip hop and R&B)
    Entrants must provide lyric files (where applicable) for each submitted song 
  • Country
    Entrants must provide lyric files (where applicable) for each submitted song
  • Jazz
    Entrants are encouraged to provide scores for their submitted works
  • Classical
    Entrants are encouraged to provide scores for their submitted works
  • Dance/Electronic
    Entrants must provide lyric files (where applicable) for each submitted song
  • Film and Television
    Entrants must provide audio-visual samples of their works composed for film and/or television. These samples can be pre-existing or created for entry – they should not exceed five minutes in duration. Music videos are not considered sufficient samples. Additionally, entrants in this category are encouraged to provide scores where available for the submitted pieces
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
    Entrants must provide lyric files (where applicable) for each submitted song

Please note you CAN apply for both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PDA category and the Smugglers of Light Foundation Music and Media Award.

Choose a partner organisation

APRA AMCOS teams with a variety of partner organisations who help to review applications before a shortlist is provided to our judges. Look through the list of partner organisations and choose who you would like to nominate to assess your application.

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If you have queries about the application form, please contact: pda@apra.com.au


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