The Australasian Performing Right Association is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2007 APRA Professional Development Award (PDA) is John Chong-Nee

John Chong-Nee is at the forefront of urban Pacific music - as an artist, releasing his own album “Just Getting By On Love” in 2006, producing no less than six Top 20 NZ Airplay chart hits. As a producer his credits include: The Deceptikonz' “Elimination”, Mareko's “White Sunday”,Che Fu “2 b Spasifik”, Ben Lummis “One Road”, PNC “Rookie Card” and the record breaking “First Edition” by Dei Hamo.

“As one of New Zealand’s most in demand collaborators John’s skills have not gone unnoticed internationally and the PDA is going to allow him to travel to the United States to accept invitations of various writing, producing and performance collaborations” says APRA’s Director of NZ Operations Anthony Healey. “With his legacy of training up local musicians and being extremely open with his knowledge, APRA believe this award will not only benefit Chong-Nee but many New Zealand artists in the future.”

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