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25 September 2019

APRA Professional Development Award to Amanda Cole

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Composer Amanda Cole and eight other Australian composers and songwriters have been announced as recipients of the 2019 APRA AMCOS Professional Development Awards today in Sydney. Held every two years, the APRA PDAs exist to support emerging songwriters and composers across a variety of genres and categories by providing a cash award of $15,000 to all recipients as well as recognition at a pivotal stage in their respective careers.

Amanda Cole's Award came in the Art Music category, while the PDA in the Jazz category went to trumpeter Niran Dasika; Pru Montin was awarded the PDA in Film and Television category; and Deline Briscoe in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander category. Awards were also announced for Popular Contemporary Music (Angie McMahon, Ecca Vandal, Mojo Juju); Country Music (Imogen Clark); and Dance/Electronic (Beatrice Lewis).

Actor, songwriter and award-winning opera singer Jess Hitchcock was named the recipient of the Indigenous Music and Media Award from the Smugglers of Light, a foundation set up in memory of 21-year-old Eli Westlake who was tragically killed in 2008. This Award of $12,000 was presented by Eli's father, the Australian composer and conductor Nigel Westlake.

> See also: 2019 Professional Development Awards winners announced (APRA AMCOS)

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