The eight Australian winners of the 2009 APRA Professional Developments awards are:


Sean Foran is a composer/pianist based in Brisbane. He completed his Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with a Major in Jazz Piano and a graduate diploma of Arts Administration at Queensland University of Technology. He is known primarily for performing and writing with the contemporary music trio MISINTERPROTATO and his compositions can be heard on three releases - "Now for the Free", "In is In" and "Variations", all released in Australia to wide critical acclaim.

In 2005, Sean was selected to study as part of the Jazz and Creative Music program at the renowned Banff Centre of the Arts. In the same year he was a recipient of an Australia Council Buzz Grant which enabled him to undertake a mentorship in jazz writing/performance with acclaimed Melbourne pianist Andrea Keller.

Sean arranged and co-wrote compositions tracks for a release with the vocalist Megan Washington entitled "Nightlight" in 2006. This album won the Bell Award for Jazz Vocal album of the Year in 2007.  He is also a double QSong Jazz award winner, in 2006 and 2008. In 2007 Sean was awarded the Brisbane City Council's Emerging Artist Fellowship which enabled him to relocate to the UK where in 2008 he was awarded Masters with Distinction - Jazz Performance at the Leeds College of Music.


Katrina is a 20 year old national and international award winning songwriter who is determined not to be ignored in the Australian music industry. It is hard to believe that so many meaningful lyrics can be penned by someone so young but there is no mistaking her distinctive style in every song.

Her highlights include appearances on "Mornings with Kerry-Anne", "Sunrise", the feature of her song "Too Late For Sorry" on Chasing Bailey (EMI Australia) debut album, and performances on Main Stage at the Gympie Muster 2005/2006.

This zany, exciting young lady sparkles on stage and you will find yourself waiting for another original rather than a familiar cover song...Simply magic!


Dan started writing for film when he was studying composition at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 2000. His career has sky rocketed since then seeing him score over 25 short films, 3 feature films and various other projects from television commercials to theatre. Some of the films have been selected for festivals such as the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the International Festival of Cinema and Technology in Los Angeles. In 2006 Dan graduated from the prestigious Master of Arts: Screen Composition course at AFTRS and has studied with such notable composers as Gerard Brophy, Stephen Leek and Martin Armiger.

Dan has recently become part of a new music and sound post-production house called "Studio Ripple", based in Sydney that he and fellow composers created. He and his colleagues are enjoying rapid success writing for film and television including work for Channel 9 and MTV.

Dan intends to use the APRA PDA for travel to the USA to attend film scoring workshops and seminars, to further develop his craft and network in the LA film industry.


For nearly five years, David Leha aka Radical Son has been crafting his own sound, writing, performing and recording. From hip hop roots through to soulful social statement Radical is a two-time Deadly Awards nominee whose performances at community events, major music festivals and everything in between have been described as "powerful" and "electric".

The single "Wicked", off his self-titled debut EP, achieved national airplay and was named single of the week in Melbourne’s Beat Magazine. Since then he has featured in collaborations on the latest Urthboy and The Last Kinection albums, he has been featured on Gadigal Music’s Making Waves compilation, as well as writing and performing his own contribution to Get Up Mob’s 2008 release of From Little Things Big Things Grow

From personal experience, Radical has learned the transformative nature of music and his songwriting charts his path from a troubled past to humility and healing.  His upcoming debut album Soul Passenger is a powerful social statement that also lets us in on his inner struggle.   He has recently released his follow-up EP, Black Stones.

CLASSICAL - Melody Eötvös

Melody Eötvös was born in the Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia and attended the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, studying composition with Stephen Leek, and Dr Gerardo Dirié.
She began composing piano music at the age of 8, and at 14 won her first composition prize. She entered several more competitions and in 2005 won the Collusion Composition Prize with her work "But, I didn’t do it on Purpose" based on Alfred Jarry’s 'Ubu Roi'.

Melody graduated in 2005 with First Class Honours and then began her Masters in 2006 at the Royal Academy of Music, London, studying with Simon Bainbridge. Melody’s music has been performed and recorded by internationally acclaimed ensembles such as the BBC Singers and the London Sinfonietta. Recent past collaborations include composer/arranger/conductor for the computer console game "Avatar: the Last Air Bender" (released 2006 THQ), a commission for the Queensland Conservatorium Wind Orchestra (2007) and Conductor for the world premiere of Shanon DW and Brad Godby's new musical ONE (2007).

Most recently, Melody has been accepted into both the Kuringgai Philharmonic Orchestra Composers Workshop and the Modart Professional Development Project with the Sydney Song Company, directed by Roland Peelman; both to be carried out early in 2009.

At present Melody is a post-graduate Philosophy major at the University of Queensland, Australia.


It’s rare for an independent artist to put out a record on his own label and win a clutch of national awards. It’s rarer still for said album to be recorded and produced in the artist’s bedroom.  And for that artist to be a singing drummer with a seemingly unpronounceable name? Gotye (pronounced: ‘Gaultier’, like Jean-Paul, the French clothes designer) is a singular find.

Gotye conjures tunes from the most unlikely places. Phil Collins-style yacht rock morphs into Tijuana brass-flavoured orchestral pop while DJ Shadow-style sample layering excursions are pieced together from second-hand vinyl, cassettes, VHS, mp3s and a smattering of live instruments.

Through three independent album releases in Australia (Boardface [2004], Like Drawing Blood [2006] and Mixed Blood [2007]) and recent successes in Europe and Japan, Gotye continues to forge a unique musical path.


Sydney-born, Melbourne-based songwriter Laura Jean first came to national attention in 2006 with the release of her debut album Our Swan Song. Lush and pastoral, adorned with strings, woodwind and Laura's beautiful modal harmonies, Our Swan Song was a critical and popular favourite.

Our Swan Song also made waves overseas, most notably reaching the ears of Gary Lightbody, leader of Scottish pop stars Snow Patrol, who raved about the album on the BBC and then invited Laura to join his band onstage for two successive Australian tours in 2007. After this kind of reception, Laura Jean felt confident enough to aim for the stars on her next album.

Singularly assured and strikingly beautiful, Eden Land is a powerful, ambitious record, suffused with an otherworldly atmosphere which struck even Laura as she was writing it. "I realised that I was speaking about a reality that wasn't necessarily earthly, but could be from a parallel place," she says. "I decided about halfway through that I could hear a land called Eden Land."


You can never be sure what you’ll get at an Abbe May concert. Her band The Rockin’ Pneumonia deliver explosive rock and roll blues, while Abbe swaggers and prowls the stage. In her other incarnation, The Devil and Abbe May, she explores her more traditional blues sentiment, producing album Hoodoo You Do in late 2008.

Never knowing which set you’re going to see is all the more reason to follow this prolific young artist. Each set is starkly contrasted yet connected by the extreme level of expression Abbe May delivers. In her performance she appears not to be singing for an audience, rather primarily for herself. It is always riveting to witness. Abbe Mays music is both hauntingly beautiful and disarmingly humourous. May has spent much of the last half of 2008 experimenting with recording and 2009 will see the release of Hoodoo You Do and later The Rockin Pneumonia LP "Policy Blues".

"If Johnny Cash played blues driven like a train then Abbe May has thrown Patti Smith on those same tracks, sending the train sideways." –Xpress Magazine

JESSICA MICHALIK Contemporary Music Endowment
Big Day Out

Every now and again an artist like Melbourne's own Paris Wells comes along just to make life hard for people who have to pigeon-hole things for a living. We're talking about a girl whose influences range from NWA to Led Zeppelin; who built up an incredible street-level buzz throughout the underground circuit and then took a break to jet off around the country supporting Justin Timberlake. She has the style and grace of Jackie Onassis with the attitude of Keith Richards.

In late '07, Paris swung the spotlight onto herself through the release of her debut EP, 'Mum Hasn't Slept Yet', and suddenly St. Jerome's favourite resident became a household name amongst the in-crowd at bars across the country. Grace baby taken from the EP was hand picked by Myer to accompany their Summer Collections campaign. Off the back of this notoriety, Paris hit the road and mesmerised crowds at Meredith Music Festival, Big Day Out, Falls Festival and Sydney Festival with a voice that could turn gay men straight and straight men insane.

Releasing her long awaited album "Keep It" in July, '08,it's suggestive and infectious first single, Dat Du Dat has crossed boundaries from ultra-hip community stations to the country's largest commercial networks. The album, produced by True Live's RHyNo, is destined for the same fate accessible, catchy songs infused with a jaded swagger that will kick you in the throat and make you love it.

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