Scene News: APRA announce date, venue and Song of the Year shortlist for 2016 APRA Awards

Courtney Barnett, Hiatus Kaiyote, Joel Little, Tame Impala and

Troy Cassar-Daley announced in Top 20 list for APRA Song of the Year

For Release:  Monday 18 January 2016With thousands of votes recorded over the last month, APRA AMCOS is proud to reveal the Top 20 contenders for the coveted APRA Song of the Year. The song list features a mix of compositions by established songwriters including Daniel Johns, Don Walker (Cold Chisel) and The Waifs alongside first time finalists such as Pond and Jarryd James. The shortlist sets up an intriguing contest for the Top 5 to be announced in early March.

Now in its 25th year, the APRA Song of the Year remains an authentic recognition of our outstanding local songwriting talent, and this year’s shortlist is a positive reflection of the creative diversity in the Australian music industry featuring country, blues and roots, pop, rock and urban works.

Members have until 5.00pm AEDST on Tuesday 9 February to vote for the song they think should take out the peer-voted APRA Song of the Year. All members who vote are in the running to win a Gibson Les Paul Special DoubleCut in Yellow Top finish valued at $2,299 plus two tickets to the 2016 APRA Music Awards.


*Listed in alphabetical order of song title


1969 (SETH SENTRY)                                                                                  Nicholas Martin, Seth Sentry and Styalz Fuego

6000 MILES (THE WAIFS)                                                                          Josh Cunningham, Donna Simpson and Vikki Thorn

AERIAL LOVE (DANIEL JOHNS)                                                                 Daniel Johns and Joel Little

A-GRADE PLAYA (SHEPPARD)                                                                  Jay Bovino, Amy Sheppard and George Sheppard

ANCHOR (BIRDS OF TOKYO)                                                                     Ian Berney, Ian Kenny, Glenn Sarangapany, Adam Spark and Adam Weston

ANOTHER AUSTRALIAN DAY (TROY CASSAR-DALEY)                         Troy Cassar-Daley and Pete Denahy

BEND (CHET FAKER)                                                                                   Nicholas Murphy and Curtis Mayfield

BORDERLINE WITH MY ATOMS (HIATUS KAIYOTE)                           Paul Bender, Perrin Moss, Simon Mavin, Naomi Saalfield

BREATHING UNDERWATER (HIATUS KAIYOTE)                                  Paul Bender, Perrin Moss, Simon Mavin, Naomi Saalfield

DEAD FOX (COURTNEY BARNETT)                                                          Courtney Barnett

DO YOU REMEMBER (JARRYD JAMES)                                                  Jarryd James and Joel Little

EVENTUALLY (TAME IMPALA)                                                                  Kevin Parker

FREEDOM RIDE (TROY CASSAR-DALEY feat PAUL KELLY)                 Troy Cassar-Daley and Paul Kelly

GEORGIA (VANCE JOY)                                                                              James Keogh

LET IT HAPPEN (TAME IMPALA)                                                              Kevin Parker

LOST (COLD CHISEL)                                                                                   Wes Carr and Don Walker

PEDESTRIAN AT BEST (COURTNEY BARNETT)                                     Courtney Barnett

SECONDHAND MAN (SHANE NICHOLSON)                                          Shane Nicholson

THE ZOMBIE (C.W. STONEKING)                                                             C.W. Stoneking

ZOND (POND)                                                                                              Nicholas Allbrook, Joseph Ryan, James Terry and Jay Watson



2016 APRA Music Awards

Tuesday 5 April 2016

Carriageworks | Sydney

For further information regarding eligibility for the APRA Song of the Year and the APRA Music Awards visit the APRA AMCOS website. A full list of previous APRA Song of the Year winners can be found at

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