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SOUNZ and Screens Awards Announce Finalists


Some of New Zealand’s best songwriters and composers have been shortlisted for three prestigious awards to be presented at the 2020 APRA Silver Scroll Awards.


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The SOUNZ Contemporary Award celebrates excellence in contemporary composition. The 2020 finalists are: 

a loose affiliation of alleluias by Celeste Oram

Assemblage by Alex Taylor and Simon Ingram

Mātauranga (Rerenga) by Michael Norris.

All three SOUNZ Contemporary Award finalists this year are former finalists, but they take us in very different directions in contemporary classical music. Judging for the SOUNZ Contemporary Award is conducted by an anonymous judging panel of local and international composers, convened by SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music.


The APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film and APRA Best Original Music in a Series Awards celebrate New Zealand's screen composers. The awards recognise the relationship that composers have with cinema and the power of music to illuminate, elevate and support real and imagined worlds, narratives, images and performances.

The judges for the 2020 APRA Screen Awards were: Amanda Brown, Janet Roddick, Rhian Sheehan, and Tom McLeod.  The 2020 finalists for APRA Best Original Music In A Series Award are:

Claire Cowan for One Lane Bridge

David Long for The Luminaries (published by Native Tongue Music Publishing)

Doc McGlashan and Harry Sinclair for Kiri and Lou (published by Native Tongue Music Publishing)

Lachlan Anderson for The Dead Lands.

2020 finalists for APRA Best Original Music In A Film Award:

Claire Cowan for Runaway Millionaires

Karl Steven for Come to Daddy

Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper for The Legend of Baron To’a.

All awards will be presented at Auckland Town Hall on Wednesday October 14th.

The awards are proudly supported by NZ On Air.

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