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25 July 2017

APRA Professional Development Awards to Julian Day and Andrea Keller

Andrea Keller at the PDA presentation ceremony in Sydney on Tuesday Image: Andrea Keller at the PDA presentation ceremony in Sydney on Tuesday  

Jazz pianist and composer Andrea Keller and composer and sound artist Julian Day are among the nine lucky winners of this year's APRA Professional Development Awards.

Held every two years, the APRA PDAs create opportunities for emerging composers and songwriters. Winners are offered career support worth $15,000 each, plus other prizes, in the following categories: Popular Contemporary (3 Awards); Jazz; Classical; Film and Television; Country; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; and Dance/Electronic.

Julian Day said about his Award, 'I'm totally blown away by this, especially considering my outstanding fellow finalists. It comes at the perfect time, as this year I have a one-off visa to live and work in the States. The money will help fund many things, including new work, project development, mentorships and, of course, crazy New York rent.'

Andrea Keller said, 'I've been pondering so many ideas and possibilities for my music, and this award will finally make them a possibility. I'm so excited and thankful for this.'

The Australian Music Centre is one of APRA's partner organisations for the Professional Development Awards.

> Full list of winners on the APRA website. See also: list of 2017 judges.

> Find out more about other finalists for this year's Professional Development Awards (Resonate 4 July 2017)

AMC resources

Andrea Keller - AMC profile

Julian Day - AMC profile

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