The APRA Professional Development Awards (PDAs) are presented biennially by APRA to the ‘shining lights’ within our songwriting industry.

The APRA Professional Development Awards (PDAs) were first awarded in Australia in 2001 to mark APRA's 75th Anniversary. New Zealand presented its first PDA in 2005. APRA now offers twelve PDAs across Australasia to promising emerging music writers in the early stages of their careers.

The PDAs are for New Zealand songwriters who can demonstrate that they possess outstanding potential in their field.

There are three PDAs awarded each round, each receiving $10,000 cash towards development activities such as: overseas travel to enable recipients to attend music education classes; participating in co-writing activities; song writing workshops, composer seminars and/ or other relevant opportunities.

This year's recipients will be announced on Tuesday July 25.

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You will find a wide range of folk music, from contemporary through bluegrass, Irish and traditional. Guest artists are invited from all over the world, with both local and international musicians offering workshops and participating in all night jam sessions.

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over 140 public events, gathering together 160 of the world’s best writers and thinkers with over 24,000 festival goers and up to 6,000 young people to celebrate the world of books and ideas.

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heating up the cool capital from 6-10 June 2018. From a sold-out crowd to a cosy booth for two, the cool capital comes out to play at this mid-winter musical feast.

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