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2017 APRA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

APRA AMCOShas announced the winning Australian songwriters and composers in the2017 APRA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS (PDAs).

Held every two years, theAPRA PDAshelp create serious career boosting opportunities for highly talented songwriters and composers across a variety of genres and without further ado, the winners for 2017 are:

Ainslie Wills – Popular Contemporary 
Julia Jacklin – Popular Contemporary
Sophie Payten (Gordi) – Popular Contemporary
Jess Beck – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Julian Day - Classical
Fanny Lumsden - Country
Nick Drabble (Set Mo) – Dance/Electronic
Damien Lane – Film and Television
Andrea Keller - Jazz

This year, 60% of the finalists and 66% of the winners are women.  The winners were selected from over 1,000 entries from songwriters and composers in the early stages of their careers. 

Composer and poet,Eric Avery, has been named the recipient of theIndigenous Music and Media Awardfrom theSmugglers of Light, a foundation set up in memory of Eli Westlake aged 21, who was tragically killed in Sydney on 7th June 2008.Eric Averywill receive a grant of $12,000 which was presented today by Australian composer and conductor,Nigel Westlake.

Photos from today’sAPRA PDAspresentation ceremony held at NudeBar in Sydney can be downloadedhereafter 2.00pm AEST today.

A panel of  judges comprisingLior, Mia Dyson, Johannes Luebbers, James Blundell, Brooke McClymont, Cat Hope, Dan Zilber, Kevin Bennett, Leah Flanagan, John Ferrisand more have determined these music creators who each take home a career-changing cash prize of $15,000.  A complete list of this year’sPDAsjudges can be foundhere.

A playlist featuring the work of all of thePDAsfinalists is available onSpotify  andApple Music.

Robert Manser

Rob loves his boy bands and has worked with most of them. When it became too hard to work in Australia with the media - he started POPrepublic.tv. Giving a voice to the pop culture scene for over 16 years (check dates depending on when you read this.) In his other life he is a creative director, film maker, photographer and designer... but pop is his one true love. Along with imaginary boyfriends, Nick Lachey and Channing Tatum  (his husband approves).

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