Applications for the 2019 Professional Development Awards have closed.

The biennial APRA Professional Development Awards exist to provide support to emerging songwriters and composers.  

Five awards will be given out, with each recipient receiving a game-changing $10,000 cash prize to support their development. It is expected that the funds will help recipients attend workshops, music education courses, composer seminars, co-writing sessions and other relevant activities - locally or internationally.

Applications are now open across three categories: Popular Contemporary (which covers pop, rock, metal, blues, folk, country, jazz, hip hop and R&B); Film and Television (includes Gaming)and Classical.

Applications for the Professional Development Awards are now closed

For more information please read the Frequently Asked Questions and direct all queries to Abbie Rutledge 0800 69 2772 ext 729 or email

Professional Development Award Recipients

Year Film, TV & Video Classical Pop Contemporary
2017 Claire Cowan Clovis McEvoy Chelsea Jade
2015 Hamish Oliver Sarah Ballard Mara TK
2013  Karl Steven  Alex Taylor  Nick Gaffaney
2011  Stephen Gallagher  Simon Eastwood  Miriam Clancy
2009  Grayson Gilmour  Samuel Holloway  Jessica Hansell
2007  -  -  John Chong Nee
2005  -  Robin Toan  -

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