Top 20

The top 20 songs in contention for the 2020 APRA Silver Scroll Award are...

How the Silver Scroll Winner
Is Chosen

Are you a little unclear on the judging and voting process around the Silver Scroll Award? Want to know how one song makes it to the top of the list?

Music Commission Announces Venue Infrastructure Fund

Part of a range of music initiatives the Government is supporting due to the impact of COVID-19, to assist the music sector to adapt and revitalise.

Jawsh 685 hits #1
in the UK

Congratulations to Jawsh and his team for the incredible achievement with 'Savage Love (Laxed Beat - Siren)'

The At Home Sessions – A Masterclass on live streaming your gigs

People in your Neighbourhood with Pennie Black and 95bFM

A 95bfm podcast series with members of the NZ music industry

MusicHelps Overseas
Emergency Grants

Today MusicHelps have announced that they're making 40 x $500 grants available to kiwi music workers who are currently overseas

Vale Aaron Tokona

We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Aaron Tokona over the weekend. The 44 year old incredible frontman for Weta, AHoriBuzz, Cairo Knife Fight, stalwart of Fly My Pretties, died after a sudden heart attack on Saturday.

Itching to upskill?

Whether you're looking to dabble in a new musical practice or to lift your live stream game, there's a lot of resources out there. Where to start? Check out these listings and videos.

NZ On Air

Announce New Music Funding Changes

2020 NZ Jazz Awards
Winners Announced

Congratulations to Jake Baxendale and Dixon Nacey

Queens Birthday

Our warmest congratulations to two luminary APRA members were honoured in the Queen's Birthday List: Derek Lardelli and Tom Rainey

2020 NZ Country
Music Awards

New Zealand’s top country music achievements were announced today with Tami Neilson taking out the APRA Best Country Song for ‘Hey Bus Driver!’ and Delaney Davidson & Barry Saunders receiving the Recorded Music NZ Te Kaipuoro Tuawhenua Toa Tui | Best Country Music Artist.


APRA AMCOS, Recorded Music NZ, and NZ On Air are all wiggly with excitement to announce the winners for the 2020 NZ Children’s Music Awards – celebrating music written for children.

Music Industry
Welcomes Support

The New Zealand music industry today welcomed the government’s announcement of a package of measures to support the arts and culture sector back to recovery following the impact of covid-19.

Finalists Announced
for 2020 NZ Jazz Awards

In the running for the APRA Best Jazz Composition Award are Callum Allardice for ‘Phobos and Deimos’, Jake Baxendale for ‘Tui’, and Myele Manzanza for ‘Mortality’

Silver Scroll

Have you got questions about how it all works? We've got answers!

Fund Announced

Today we launch the Sustainability Fund to provide direct financial support to songwriter and composer members in the creation of new music. Members worldwide, at any career stage and working in any musical genre are eligible to apply for a $2,000 grant.

Live streaming

Licensing advice for APRA members

Tips of the Trade

Digital licensing and claiming live stream royalties


For the 2020 NZ Country Music Awards. Congrats to Katie Thompson, Kaylee Bell, and Tami Neilson!

Song Competition

Congratulations to all the Kiwi and Australian APRA members who have been named as winners, place-getters, and honourable mentions in the International Songwriting Competition.

NZ Children's
Music Awards

The finalists have been announced!

2020 May Book

The twentieth edition of the annual NZ music industry handbook, the May Book is now live for online browsing and download. Lots of helpful info and tips, and some great articles about how to get your music out there and move your career forward.


Here's some helpful info and contacts for our members living overseas

Financial Advice

We’re delighted to announce, thanks to the generosity of the wonderful people at Entertainment Accounting, we’re now able to connect you to a senior accountant for a 20 minute phone call, for free.

Music Sector
Request to Government

Recorded Music NZ has led the contemporary music sector in a request to government for assistance in light of the impact of covid-19. The request was sent to government on 17th April on behalf of Recorded Music NZ, APRA AMCOS, NZ Promoters Association, MMF and IMNZ. We have asked government for a number of measures for immediate assistance, and further measures to assist the industry with recovery and return to productivity in the coming months and years ahead.

Music Industry

As we dive through week four of lock-down, we have a few items to update and some news and info to share.

Financial Assistance
Durign Covid-19

We wanted to provide a brief summary of the financial assistance available to you from the government, Creative NZ, and MusicHelps.

Message from
Bic Runga

Thank you for voting me on to the APRA board as your writer representative. I've been on two board meetings so far, and beginning to find my footing now in this new context. One thing that's been strongly apparent though, is that APRA genuinely have our interests as songwriters at heart. I've been really impressed with the senior managements' knowledge and passion for protecting our rights, keeping their own operational costs low, and making the complicated task of royalty distributions as accurate as possible.

Covid-19 Update

The effects of Covid-19 continue to provide a great deal of uncertainty and raise a lot of questions for the music community. There are many challenges ahead, and while we all try to adapt to this new normal, we want to assure you that the music industry bodies are operating at full capacity, and continuing to meet twice a week to share plans, actions, ideas, and resources to try and reimagine the future.

Early Performance Reports - What You Need To Know


Licence requirements for live-streaming

Live streaming music licensing under COVID-19 lock down

E Te Kahui Tau

A message from Hinewehi Mohi

Live performance report royalties to be paid early

We are here to support our members and ensure that the royalties will continue to flow without interruption during this time.

Live streaming Dramatic Context performances

APRA AMCOS and live streaming Dramatic Context performances under COVID-19 lock down - as at 27 March 2020 (this advice is subject to change)

Music Industry Update on COVID-19

Information from music industry organisations during the ongoing COVID-19 situation

Statement from Creative NZ

Information from Creative NZ for the creative community during the COVID-19 crisis

Covid-19 Impact Statement

A statement from APRA on COVID-19 and helpful resources for songwriters

International Song Comp finalists features 70 entries from NZ, Australia and Solomon Islands

Global APRA Music Awards London winners announced

The awards were presented by APRA AMCOS and given to UK and European-based Australasian songwriters, composers and music publishers achieving artistic excellence and commercial success.

Global APRA Music Awards Nashville winners announced

The awards were given to Nashville-based Australasian songwriters, composers and music publishers achieving artistic excellence and commercial success.

Tips of the Trade: what are neighbouring rights?

With the help of our colleagues at Recorded Music NZ we’ve pulled together this explainer on the topic.

Global APRA Music Awards Los Angeles winners announced

The awards were given to Los Angeles-based Australasian songwriters, composers and music publishers achieving artistic excellence and commercial success.

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