APRA AMCOS is bringing back its career boosting initiative, the Professional Development Awards! In the past, the awards have helped further the music careers of Gotye, Abbe May, and lots more.

The APRA Professional Development Awards aim to create serious opportunities for emerging songwriters and composers.  In 2015 APRA AMCOS are offering eight individual winners more than $15,000 worth of career support. Applications for the 2015 APRA Professional Development Awards are now open to songwriters and composers who would like to enter in the following categories:

•Popular Contemporary (three awards are given in this category including Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Hip Hop, Dance and R&B)




•Film and Television

•Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI)

There will also be a cash boost of $120,000 that will be shared by eight winners along with a microphone and headphone package courtesy of PDA sponsor Audio Technica.

APRA AMCOS has also announced The Smugglers of Light initiative, which will form part of the 2015 PDA’s. The newly created Indigenous Music and Media Award will be announced as part of the 2015 Professional Development Awards and will provide a promising Australian Indigenous music or media practitioner a grant of $12,000.

Applications for the 2015 APRA Professional Development Awards close at 5.00pm on Tuesday 25th August. For details on how to apply go to or visit