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News November 29, 2021

Voting for the 2022 APRA Song of the Year is now open

Senior Journalist, B2B
Voting for the 2022 APRA Song of the Year is now open

APRA AMCOS members can now vote for the 2022 APRA Song of the Year and there’s a $5,000 cash incentive to encourage voters to do their bit.

Voting is now open via the PRO’s new Writer Portal, and will remain so until Feb. 2, 2022.

Soon after that date, a shortlist of contenders will be published for Song of the Year, one of the Australian music industry’s top honours for songwriters.

To get things moving along, organisers announce three cash prizes courtesy of entertainment industry insurance specialist Marsh.

The lucky winners will be selected at random, with one collecting a $3,000 Grand Prize, and two separate recipients scoring $1,000.

“The hardest part,” reads a statement, “will be picking your favourite song of the last 12 months.”

The peer-voted award is one of the highlights of the annual APRA Music Awards, which celebrate “excellence in contemporary music” by recognising songwriters and publishers that have “achieved artistic excellence and outstanding success in their fields.”

Stream ‘Gadigal Land’:

Earlier this year, APRA members selected ‘Gadigal Land’ as the 2021 winner.

Written by Rob Hirst, Gadigal poet Joel Davison and Bunna Lawrie, the politically-charged number was the first release from Midnight Oil’s The Makarrata Project, a themed set of collaborations with Indigenous artists which debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart.

Previous winners include Tones And I, Amy Shark, Paul Kelly and Billy Miller, D.D Dumbo, Kevin Parker, Vance Joy, Sia, Gotye, Kasey Chambers, Angus & Julia Stone and Yothu Yindi, who were the first to win the category back in 1991 for ‘Treaty’.

APRA AMCOS represents over 111,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers from across Australia and New Zealand.

Song of the Year will be presented at the 2022 APRA Music Awards, due to take place Tuesday, May 3 at Melbourne Town Hall.

Sponsors of the category are Marsh and The Brag Media, publisher of The Industry Observer.

Read more here.

This article originally appeared on The Industry Observer, which is now part of The Music Network.


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