Applications for the 2013 APRA Professional Development Awards closed on January 21st

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Gotye wrote a record-breaking album; Laura Jean studied songwriting in Spain; Abbe May toured the country and the world; Caitlin Yeo attended ASCAP Film & TV Workshop in Hollywood; and Sean Foran excelled at Berklee.

What would you do with $30,000 worth of songwriting/composing support?

Applications are now open for the 2013 APRA Professional Development Awards. Held every two years, the awards are bigger and better than ever before. Successful applicants will be catapulted into the limelight and richly rewarded on every level of their songwriting or composing career.

For the first time ever, Grammy award-winner Jason Mraz will help decide who wins alongside six other international writers including composer Ashley Irwin, country singer Mark Moffatt, Sam Hollander (Arrested Development / Katy Perry) and Gary Clark (The Veronicas/ Mel C). Australian artists such as Josh Pyke, Julian Hamilton (The Presets) and Troy Cassar-Daley will also lend their hand on the judging panel.


There’s more than $30,000 worth of prizes on offer for each winner, who’ll receive cash, airfares, publicity packages, mentoring opportunities, distribution deals, instruments and more. Winners will also receive a ‘Music Industry Consultancy Package’ that involves one-on-one sessions with managers, publishers and music industry business teams, so they’ll be fully set up to take their career to the next level.

So if you’ve already done the hard yards but have a clear vision of where you want to go and how to get there, apply for the 2013 Professional Development Awards and pave your way to a successful and sustainable music career.

Applications close on January 21, 2013.

For more information on how to apply, terms & conditions, categories, prize packs and partner organisations, visit