THE AWARDS

1. 15 Awards are conferred

Ten based on APRA's statistical analysis:

  • Most Performed Alternative Work
  • Most Performed Australian Work
  • Most Performed Australian Work Overseas
  • Most Performed Blues and Roots Work 
  • Most Performed Country Work 
  • Most Performed Dance Work 
  • Most Performed International Work 
  • Most Performed Pop Work
  • Most Performed Rock Work 
  • Most Performed Urban Work 

One based on voting by APRA members:

  • Song of the Year

Four 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
  • Licensee of the Year

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



ELIGIBILITY AND ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

1. For Most Performed Works (Excluding Most Performed International Work)

a)      An APRA writer member must have co-written a minimum share of 20% in the work.

b)      The work must have been released in a 15 month period. For example, for Awards held in 2021, the eligible release date period will be 1st July 2019 to 30th September 2020.

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

d)      (Including Most Performed International Work, 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 Most Performed International Work 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, for Awards held in 2021, the eligible release date period will be 1st July 2019 to 30th September 2020.

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 Award

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. 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.

7. APRA Song of the Year

Nominations and winner for Song of the Year will be determined by APRA members. All members who are currently living in Australia or are Australian citizens living overseas are eligible to vote. Votes are received electronically and tallied by APRA. 

a)      An APRA writer member must have co-written a minimum share of 20% in the work.

b)      The work must have been released in the relevant 12 month calendar period. For example, for Awards held in 2021, the eligible release date period will be 1st October 2019 to 30th September 2020.

8. Licensee of the Year Award

The Licensee 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 Head of Member Services, who may respond directly or refer the matter to the APRA Board.


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