Celebrating our talented members

Thursday, 10 Dec 2015


L-R: Sean Sennett (Grant McLennan Fellowship judge), Timothy Steward, Chris O’Neill (APRA AMCOS), Joel Edmondson (QMusic)Brisbane musician Timothy Steward (Screamfeeder, We All Want To) is London-bound following his announcement as winner of the prestigious Grant McLennan Fellowship for 2015. The win was announced by the Queensland Premier and Minister for the Arts of Queensland, The Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP.

Ms Palaszczuk said, “Timothy Steward is a versatile and talented singer, songwriter and guitarist. As part of his $25,000 prize he will travel overseas to write songs for We All Want To’s next album.”

Judges Sally McLennan (Grant's sister), Adele Pickvance (The Go-Betweens), Ian Haug (Powderfinger, The Church) and music writer Sean Sennett were impressed with the high calibre of the entrants, many of whom were first-time applicants.

The award, presented with the blessing of the McLennan family, and via funding from APRA AMCOS and Arts Queensland, gives winners the chance to follow in Grant’s footsteps and live in New York, London or Berlin for up to six months for career and creative development.

On receiving the Fellowship, Tim said, "In August I was back in England where I grew up, catching up on old sights, sounds and acquaintances. I’d just released the third album by We All Want To – The Haze – whose lyrics were skewed to memories and mental pictures of the place as seen from a vantage point many years later. I applied for the Grant McLennan Fellowship hoping to land a dedicated block of time to immerse myself in London once more, and mine further into my history there while soaking up what the city has on offer now. My plan was to simply write. Clear the (mental) decks and write songs, a big block of them. I was amazed to win the Fellowship with such a simple application. But here I am, totally thrilled to have been chosen - and to be trusted to carry on the legacy of the great man himself with my artistic efforts. It’s a big honour. I can’t deny I’m a little daunted, but I’m more than a little excited too.

2014 winner Thomas Calder (The Trouble with Templeton) said the experience was life-changing, “I truly have an entirely new outlook on making music and my creativity. They say ‘travel broadens the mind’ - it also sparks the imagination and warms the soul.”

The Fellowship, now in its ninth year, honours the musical legacy of Grant McLennan, one of Australia’s greatest singer-songwriters and founding member of the hit 1970’s Brisbane band The Go-Betweens who passed away in 2006 aged 48.


Paige Renee Court with APRA AMCOS SA Reps Gary and MattPaige Renee Court was announced on Tuesday 8 December as the recipient of the Emily Burrows Award.

The award was instituted in 2001 in memory of Emily Burrows, a former APRA AMCOS membership representative and compliance officer, who worked tirelessly to support and encourage South Australian songwriters and composers. The Award was established following her tragic, accidental death in 2000 and recognises and furthers the development of a South Australian artist or band annually with a $5,000 prize.

On receiving the award Paige said, "I'm very humbled and honoured to receive the APRA AMCOS Emily Burrows Award. The funding involved is extremely helpful and I'm looking forward to being able to put it towards the release of new music and touring in 2016."


L-R: Jeremy Rose, Jack Carty, Timothy Carroll, Ngaiire, Briggs, Ruby Boots, Peter McNamara


Some 1,200 talented songwriters were appraised by judges in the 2015 APRA Professional Development Awards (PDAs). The biennial Award offers cash and recognition to songwriters and composers in the early stages of their careers, across a wide variety of genres. 

We’re pleased to announce our 2015 winners:

Each winner scored a career-boosting prize package worth over $15,000, including a microphone and headphone package courtesy of sponsor Audio Technica.

Aaron Kenny, winner of the Film & Television category also received a scholarship to attend the ASCAP Film and Television workshop in Los Angeles.

Songwriter Marcus Corowa was also named the inaugural recipient of the Indigenous Music and Media Award from Smugglers of Light, a foundation set up in memory of Eli Westlake who was tragically killed in Sydney on 7 June 2008, aged only 21. Marcus received a grant of $12,000, along with a publisher introduction and industry mentoring session courtesy of Sony ATV Music Publishing Australia and a songwriting mentorship and co-writing opportunity courtesy of Lior.

Take a look at the photos of this year's recipients.

Henrique Dib and Amanda Brown


Proving persistence pays off, after several years of successful nominations, Henrique Dib (NSW) was announced as the winner of this year’s APRA Tropscore competition, a film composition initiative developed by Tropfest in partnership with APRA AMCOS. Henrique’s winning score for short film Mirror by Ukrainian Diana Olifirova was a stand out.

Henrique accepted the award from new APRA Board member Amanda Brown and APRA AMCOS Ambassador Caitlin Yeo and takes home $5,000 to further his career.

Michelle O'Donnell, APRA AMCOS Manager of Film and TV said, "Henri has been nominated for multiple awards over the past few years which is a testament to his unique talent. I am really thrilled that finally all his hard work has been recognised and he is our winner for Tropscore 2015. Henri is a great role model for other composers trying to make their mark - just keep trying and never give up. Congratulations Henri, you have earned your success!"

On accepting the award, Henrique said, “I would like to thank APRA AMCOS and the Tropscore organisers for this wonderful opportunity to showcase my work. I feel humbled and honoured to receive this title among so many talented screen composers. I know how hard it is to be a film and media composer in Australia, but I also know that with hard work, discipline, passion and the right attitude, nothing is impossible.”

“This award will open more doors to bigger projects and collaborations in the industry both in Australia and overseas. I will certainly do my very best to make it happen! 

“I would like to thank my wonderful wife, my amazing family and my dear friends for all the ongoing support!” he said.

Congratulations to all of our members who have taken the time to enter these awards and competitions. For a list of upcoming opportunities to be in the winners circle, keep an eye on our website.

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