Applications now open for 2023 APRA Professional Development Awards

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Applications now open for 2023 APRA Professional Development Awards

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Professional Development Awards 2019. Image: Jess Gleeson.

12 recipients will each receive a game-changing $10,000 cash prize to support their development, along with a prize from Australis Music.

World-leading organisation invested in the future of music, APRA AMCOS, has announced the return of the annual Professional Development Awards, a career-boosting initiative that has helped further the musical success stories of Gotye, Ecca Vandal, Melanie Dyer, Ngaiire, Morgan Evans, Baker Boy, Amanda Cole and many more.

The Professional Development Awards aim to create serious opportunities for emerging songwriters and composers. In 2023, twelve individual winners will each take home $10,000 cash and a prize courtesy of Australis Music.

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The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office (NATSIMO) will honour three Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members, supporting music creators at different creative stages: NATSIMO Professional Development Award; NATSIMO Youth Professional Development Award (under 25 years old) and NATSIMO Senior Professional Development Award (50 years old and over).

Applications are now open to emerging songwriters and composers across the following categories:

  • Popular Contemporary – (2 Awards) includes Pop, Rock, Alternative, Blues, Roots, Folk, Metal, Christian and Children’s
  • Country/Americana
  • Jazz & Improvised Music
  • Classical & Experimental
  • Dance/Electronic
  • Screen Composition (Film, TV, Games)
  • Hip Hop/Rap/Soul/RnB
  • Music Theatre/Stage – workshop funding only
  • NATSIMO Senior PDA


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Reflecting on her 2015 Professional Development Award, singer-songwriter Ngaiire said, “I think the biggest thing for me was the encouragement. Being a music artist sometimes feels like a solitary marathon except you never know how long the road is, and your training mostly happens as you’re going along so you’re constantly on this slog to never arriving but always growing.”

Applications for the awards close at 5.00pm AEDT Tuesday, February 28 2023. For more information and to apply, head here.