2019 Screen Music Awards return to Melbourne with brand new host and format

Thursday, 26 Sep 2019

The Screen Music Awards were created 17 years ago to celebrate Australian screen composers and their music soundtracks, which continue to play a vital role in telling our stories, to local and global audiences.

Presented by APRA AMCOS and the AGSC (Australian Guild of Screen Composers), the Awards remain the only national event to recognise the Australian creators of the best film, television, documentary and advertising music.

The Awards will return to Melbourne on Wednesday 20 November at the much-loved Forum Melbourne. Featuring a reinvigorated format, the event will commence with a theatre style sit-down dinner for guests before the main event kicks off.

Stepping up to the Screen Music Awards podium for the very first time is Justine Clarke, Australia’s reigning Queen of children’s entertainment. Justine is a 2018 Screen Music Awards nominee and won the award for Best Children’s Album at the 2018 ARIA Awards. In November, Justine will be releasing her 5th illustrated children’s book, A Banana Is A Banana, based on the award-winning song from The Justine Clarke Show!  and her first ever ‘Best Of’ collection (titled Everybody Roar! The Best of Justine Clarke) of songs that have become part of the canon of classic singalong songs for Australian families. One of the most recognised faces on Australian television, APRA AMCOS and the AGSC are thrilled to have this Play School legend host the event.

“I’m thrilled to be hosting the 2019 Screen Music Awards to honour our Australian screen composers, the unsung stars of film and TV production. Sprinkling their magic fairy dust on our work, their extraordinary music is what brings a story or performance to life and connects us with our audience,” said Justine Clarke.

Returning to the Screen Music Awards is Musical Director Jessica Wells, who will lead a live orchestra as they interpret a selection of works from the screen. Jessica has orchestrated over 70 films, and wrote the theme music for ABC Television’s Q&A program, which makes her kids think she's famous. She was a 2017 Art Music Awards Finalist and is the current Vice President of the Music Arrangers' Guild of Australia.

Nominees in the following categories will be announced in mid-October.


  • Best Music for an Advertisement
  • Best Music for Children’s Television 
  • Best Music for a Documentary 
  • Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie
  • Best Music for a Short Film 
  • Best Music for a Television Series or Serial 
  • Best Television Theme 
  • Best Original Song Composed for the Screen 
  • Best Soundtrack Album 
  • Feature Film Score of the Year
  • Most Performed Screen Composer – Australia*  
  • Most Performed Screen Composer – Overseas*   

*Determined by statistical analysis

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