APRA/AMCOS announced the winners of the 2015 Professional Development Awards on Tuesday 24 November. Nine Australian artists won $15,000 each, to be spent on career development. Awards were granted across seven categories.
Sydney-based saxophonist Jeremy Rose won the jazz section. “I plan to attend a composers workshop in New York and tour Europe,” he said. “The PDAs provide enormous encouragement to keep going with what we are doing. It’s great to receive the recognition and, most importantly, the money will be an investment in our careers.”
Rapper Adam Briggs, named New Talent of the Year at the 2013 National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) took home an award in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander category, while Marcus Corowa received the ‘Smugglers of Light Music and Media Award’.
Three musicians won a prize each in the ‘Popular Contemporary’ section. These were singer-songwriter Jack Carty, whose third studio album, Esk, released in 2014, hit Number 7 on the AIR chart and Number 17 on the Au Review’s 2014 Best Australian Albums list; Ngaire Joseph (Ngaiire), who has played Glastonbury and shared stages with Alicia Keys and John Legend; and Timothy Carroll, lead singer and lyricist of Holy Holy.