These 35 Aussie Acts Are The 2015 APRA Professional Development Awards Finalists

The Australian Performing Rights Association (APRA) has announced the 35 local acts which have been named as finalists for this year’s Professional Development Awards (PDAs), which each carry a share of $120,000 in cash prizes.

Artists among this year’s APRA PDAs finalists are Montaigne (real name Jessica Cerro), Shepparton rapper Briggs, Ngaiire, Adam Eckersley and Ruby Boots. Catch the full list of finalists and their genre categories, below.

Held every two years, the 2015 PDAs will see eight winners each receive $15,000 cash and a microphone and headphone package from Audio Technica.

This year’s PDAs also include a new initiative called The Smugglers Of Light, an Indigenous Music and Media Award which will crown one of three finalists with a $12,000 grant. The Smugglers Of Light is a foundation set up by Aussie composer Nigel Westlake in memory of his son Eli, who died in Sydney in 2008, aged 21.

Previous winners of PDAs include Gotye, Georgi Kay, Abbe May, Husky Gawenda, Morgan Evans, and screen composer Caitlin Yeo. This year’s winners will be announced on Tuesday, 24th November.

Watch: Montaigne – Clip My Wings

2015 APRA Professional Development Awards Finalists


Dave Crowe

Jack Carty

Jess Cornelius (Teeth and Tongue)

Jessica Cerro (Montaigne)


Marlon Williams

Ngaire Joseph

Oscar Dawson (Holy Holy)

Peter Harding (aka Thief)

Timothy Carroll (Holy Holy)


Adam Briggs

Daniel Rankine (aka Trials)

Kahl Wallis

Marcus Corowa

Shellie Morris


Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh

Mitchell Mollison

Peter McNamara

R. E. Smith

William Gardiner


Adam Eckersley

Chelsea Basham

David Garnham

Jared Porter

Rebecca Chilcott (aka Ruby Boots)


Aaron Kenny

Amy Bastow

Henrique Dib

Jared Underwood

Pru Montin


Christopher Hale

Gian Slater

Jeremy Rose

Joseph O’Connor

Kristin Theak

2015 Smugglers Of Light Award Finalists

Jeffrey Zimran (Tjintu Desert Band)

Kahl Wallis

Marcus Corowa

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