"Over the past two years, many of our members have had their livelihoods, professional opportunities and creative development hampered due to the pandemic, and yet they continue to pursue their goals and innovate to share their output."
APRA AMCOS today revealed the lucky artists sharing in over $100k in their 2022 Professional Development Awards.
The songwriting rights organisation aims to provide a $10,000 cash injection at a pivotal time in artists' careers and has selected ten recipients across all genres of music.
This year's recipients are:
Beckah Amani – Popular Contemporary
Georgia Potter pka Moreton – Popular Contemporary
Kitty Xiao - Classical / Experimental
Melanie Dyer – Country / Americana
Liz Maniscalco pka BRUX – Dance/ Electronic
Michael Drew – Film and Television / Gaming
Tiana Khasi – Hip Hop / Rap / R&B / Soul
Rafael Karlen - Jazz / Improvised Music
Brittanie Shipway – Yellow Rock – A Gumbaynggirr Song Circle – Music Theatre
Danzal Baker aka Baker Boy – Smugglers of Light Music and Media Award
Popular contemporary recipient, the Gold Coast's Beckah Amani is gearing up for a big 2022 after her previous two singles gained critical acclaim and support from triple j Unearthed, with the award coming at the perfect time as she readies her new EP.
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"It feels unbelievable to receive APRA’s professional development award!" said Amani. "As an emerging artist their support means so much and will go far into developing my songwriting and my career. So thankful!"
Baker Boy took home the Smugglers of Light Music and Media Award of $12,000 from the foundation set up by Australian composer and conductor Nigel Westlake in memory of his son Eli Westlake.
The awards were judged by an amazing panel including Jenny Morris, Dave Ruby Howe, Yve Blake, Brooke McClymont, Adalita, Pip Norman, Nina Las Vegas, Joel Ma and John Ferris.
APRA AMCOS CEO Dean Ormston said: "The Professional Development Awards support our members by recognising their talent as well as investing in it. Over the past two years, many of our members have had their livelihoods, professional opportunities and creative development hampered due to the pandemic, and yet they continue to pursue their goals and innovate to share their output. APRA AMCOS is proud to back our members with this special award."