2005 APRA Silver Scroll Awards Finalists Announced
19th August 2005
The finalists for the APRA Silver Scroll Award for 2005 have been announced, as have the finalists for the SOUNZ Contemporary Award and the APRA Maioha Award.
Rock and roll vies with ballads for New Zealand’s most prestigious music award this year, as the songwriters from Pluto, The Mint Chicks and Evermore go up against more wistful offerings from Goldenhorse’s Geoffrey Maddock and Dave Dobbyn in the APRA Silver Scroll Award.
The five finalist songs are:
Tim Arnold,Milan Borich, Michael Franklin-Browne, Mike Hall,Matthias Jordan (Pluto) Long White Cross
Dave Dobbyn Welcome Home
Dann Hume, Jon Hume, Peter Hume (Evermore)It's Too Late
Geoffrey Maddock (Goldenhorse) Out of the Moon
Kody Nielson, Ruban Nielson (The Mint Chicks)Opium of the People
The Silver Scroll Award has been presented since 1965. This year, APRA celebrates 40 years of creative excellence in songwriting at an exclusive invite only awards show on Monday September 12th at the Auckland Town Hall.
Anthony Healey, APRA’s Director of New Zealand Operations observes, "the sheer number and quality of the songs entered this year was unsurpassed. Each of these songwriters represents the strength and vitality of NZ music right now and have all earned extraordinary success both here and overseas with great songs, simple hard work and sheer determination."
The line-up of finalists includes two sets of brothers in Evermore’s Dann, Jon and Peter Hume, and The Mint Chick’s Kody and Ruban Nielson.
It also features a first-time nomination for Pluto and repeat nominations for multiple-Scroll winner Dave Dobbyn and Geoffrey Maddock from Goldenhorse. Dave Dobbyn has previously won the Silver Scroll Award for You Oughta Be In Love (1987),Belle of the Ball (1993) and Beside You (1998). Geoffrey Maddock from Goldenhorse has been nominated three previous times (with co-writers including Kirsten Morelle), for American Wife (2001), Maybe Tomorrow (2002) – which won Most Performed Work in NZ in 2003 – and Riverhead (2003).
Commercial success is not a consideration for the judging panel that assess both musical and lyrical content equally.
Also presented on the night are the SOUNZ Contemporary Award, recognising creative excellence by a NZ classical composer and the APRA Maioha Award, presented for the best Maori waiata of the year.
A tuba concerto, a percussion piece and a symphony have been chosen as the works vying for the 2005 SOUNZ Contemporary Award.
The three finalists are:
Labyrinth for Tuba and Orchestra by Ross Harris
Gu Ta by Jeroen Speak
Kenneth Young’s Symphony No. 2
They were chosen as finalists from among 39 compositions submitted by 34 New Zealand composers. The annual SOUNZ Contemporary Award award is the major prize celebrating creative excellence by a New Zealand composer. It is a collaborative project between APRA and SOUNZ, the Centre for New Zealand Music. SOUNZ administers the award and convenes a jury of four music professionals to judge the entries.
Hailing from across Aotearoa and representing the diversity of contemporary Maori music, the three finalists for the 2005 APRA Maioha Award for best waiata are:
• Hinemoana Baker Puawai
• Anituatua Black, Whirimako Black Tini Whetu
• Rodger Cunningham Hawaiki
For the APRA Maioha Award, the judges are asked to consider the creative content of the music and lyrics, along with the use of Te Reo Maori. The judges felt the finalists showed strength in each of these components and were of a high quality. They commented that it was pleasing to see both established and emerging artists entering this award and were impressed with the volume of entries. The judges also felt that the Maori music industry is starting to show the ability to sustain artists like the three finalists.
A unique feature of the Awards night is the Silver Scroll finalists' songs and the winning SOUNZ and Maioha compositions being performed by their contemporaries, under the musical directorship of composer Victoria Kelly.
"It’s 40 years since the Silver Scroll was first presented, and we intend to mark this great achievement with some extra special performances featuring some inspirational artists," says Victoria.
The Most Performed Work Overseas Award and the Most Performed Work in New Zealand Award will also be presented on the night.