The Australasian Performing Right Association, otherwise known as APRA, helps music creators get paid for their work while also providing easier ways for music-makers and providers to legally play and copy what they like.
Each year, APRA announces its Song of the Year, and together with AMCOS has today revealed the top 20 contenders for this highly coveted title.
APRA’s Song of the Year remains an authentic recognition of local songwriting talent, and this year’s selection of songs is a reflection of the current diversity in Australian music – from rock to pop, country to blues.
With thousands of votes recorded over the last month, the song list features a mix of compositions by established songwriters including A.B. Original and Flume – with two songs each, Aussie veterans Nick Cave and Archie Roach, and a talent pool of fresh singer-songwriters that includes Amy Shark, Tash Sultana, D.D Dumbo and Julia Jacklin .
Previous Song of the Year winners Sia, Missy Higgins, Daniel Johns and Julian Hamilton also make an appearance in the Top 20.
All members who vote (go to www.apraamcos.com.au) instantly go into the draw to win a huge prize pack valued at around $10,000 courtesy of event sponsors Ableton, Delta Air Lines and Forbes Street Studios.
The 2017 APRA Music Awards will be held on Monday 3 April 2017 at the new International Convention Centre Ballroom in Sydney’s Darling Harbour. Antonino Tati
TOP 20 CONTENDERS FOR 2017 APRA SONG OF THE YEAR
In alphabetical order…
1955 (HILLTOP HOODS FEAT. MONTAIGNE & TOM THUM)
– Andrew Burford, Barry Francis, Matthew Lambert and Daniel Smith
2 BLACK 2 STRONG (A.B. ORIGINAL)
– Adam Briggs, Daniel Rankine and Darren Reutens
ADORE (AMY SHARK)
– Amy Shark
CHEAP THRILLS (SIA)
– Sia Furler and Greg Kurstin
COME HOME CARDINAL PELL (TIM MINCHIN)
– Tim Minchin
GAMMA KNIFE (KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD)
– Stuart Mackenzie
IT’S NOT TOO LATE (ARCHIE ROACH)
– Archie Roach and Craig Pilkington
JANUARY 26 (A.B. ORIGINAL FEAT. DAN SULTAN)
– Adam Briggs, Daniel Rankine and Dan Sultan
JUNGLE (TASH SULTANA)
– Tash Sultana
NEVER BE LIKE YOU (FLUME)
– Harley Streten aka Flume, Kai and Geoffrey Earley
OH CANADA (MISSY HIGGINS)
– Missy Higgins
POOL PARTY (JULIA JACKLIN)
– Julia Jacklin
SATAN (D.D DUMBO)
– Oliver Perry
SAY IT (FLUME)
– Harley Streten aka Flume, Julian Hamilton, Daniel Johns and Tove Lo
SET IN STONE (GUY SEBASTIAN)
– Guy Sebastian, Stuart Crichton and Taylor Parks
SKELETON TREE (NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS)
– Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
SOOTH LADY WINE (MATT CORBY)
– Matt Corby and John Henriksson
SOUND OF SILENCE (DAMI IM)
– Anthony Egizii and David Musumeci
TO THINK THAT I ONCE LOVED YOU (THE DRONES)
– Gareth Liddiard
VICEROY (VIOLENT SOHO)
– Luke Boerdam, Luke Henery, Michael Richards and James Tidswell