2020 APRA Music Awards to go ahead as a virtual event

2020 APRA Music Awards to go ahead as a virtual event

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The annual award ceremony will be live streamed for the first time ever.

Due to take place on Tuesday April 28 at the International Convention Centre in Sydney, this year’s APRA Music Awards will no longer go ahead in its usual live format. Instead, the ceremony will be reimagined as a virtual event which will be live streamed online for the first time ever.

Rescheduled for Tuesday May 26, the virtual format will feature presenters, winners and special performances of the Song of the Year finalists, which includes tracks from the likes of Tropical Fuck Storm, Tame Impala, Thelma Plum, Missy Higgins, Julia Jacklin, and Archie Roach.

The music performances for the 2020 APRA Music Awards will be curated by Kate Miller-Heidke, returning for her second year as the Awards Musical Director. Miller-Heidke will handpick performers to put their own spin on the Song of the Year nominated tracks.

Other APRA Music Awards categories include Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year, Most Performed Australian Work, the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music and the newly announced Most Performed Alternative Work.

“This is an unprecedented time in all our lives, it’s not easy to make any sort of decision right now about the near future. But everyone involved with the APRA Music Awards decided that going ahead with the awards was something we could and should do – albeit in a very different way, but one that brings the awards to music fans far and wide for the first time,” said Chair of the APRA Board, Jenny Morris.

“It’s important to celebrate and acknowledge the success and artistry of our songwriters whose work enriches our lives. They will be the ones who help us get through this time,” she said.

The 2020 APRA Music Awards will be live streamed on Tuesday May 26. Nominees will be announced on Tuesday April 7. Find out more via the APRA AMCOS website

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