The APRA Silver Scroll Awards

By DigitalNZ

In celebration of this year's awards, this story is a brief history of the Silver Scrolls and takes a look at some of the illustrious winners over the years.

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The APRA Silver scroll awards 2018

On 4 October 2018, musicians, members of the music industry and many others will gather at Vector arena in Auckland to celebrate music, songwriting and the musicians that wrote the best songs of the year in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

As it states on the APRA website, the awards celebrate the best of New Zealand's songwriters and composers. As well as the APRA Silver Scroll Award, the APRA Maioha award and the SOUNZ Contemporary Award and awards for music in film and television are also awarded. APRA also induct people who have made a significant contribution to New Zealand music in to the Hall of Fame (although this doesn't nessesarily happen every year). 

In recent years, the awards have included a Musical Director. It is their job to  coordinate the music on the night, which features bands and artists covering or reworking each of the finalist's songs that are nominated for a Silver Scroll.  This year's Musical Directoris Bic Runga.

This year Jenny Morris will be inducted into the APRA songwriting hall of fame. 

The event will be streamed live on Radio New Zealand on Thursday night.  

A HISTORY OF THE SILVER SCROLLS AWARDS 

Here are all the previous winners of the Silver Scroll award

Audioculture have written a fantastic history of the awards. They have charted how it grow in cultural prominence and its importance as a cultural lens for Aotearoa New Zealand during the last 50+ years.    

Image: APRA Silver Scroll nominated songs 1965-1976

The early years

Early nominees included Ray Columbus, The Formyula, After Glo and Shona Laing

APRA Silver Scroll nominated songs 1965-1976

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Image: APRA Silver Scrolls – the 1970s

The 1970s

During this period it grew in to an event on the music industry's calendar.

APRA Silver Scrolls – the 1970s

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Image: APRA Silver Scrolls – the 1980s

The 1980s

The nominees this decade included Dave Dobbyn, Charlie Tumahai, The Narcs, Shona Laing, Netherworld Dancing Toys,

APRA Silver Scrolls – the 1980s

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Image: APRA Silver Scrolls – the 1990s

The 1990s

At the beginning of the decade, the awards moved to Auckland's powerstation

APRA Silver Scrolls – the 1990s

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Image: Mike Chunn and the 1993 APRA Silver Scroll awards

The 1993 Silver Scrolls awards

APRA’s former director of New Zealand Operations Mike Chunn remembers the 1993 award ceremony

Mike Chunn and the 1993 APRA Silver Scroll awards

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Image: APRA Silver Scrolls - the musical directors

The Musical Directors

Every year the musical director coordinate the performances of the nominated songs during the awards ceremony

APRA Silver Scrolls - the musical directors

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Image: APRA Silver Scroll: Heavenly Pop Hits - fifty years of Silver Scrolls

APRA Silver Scrolls 2015

In 2015, an additional award was given. The 1981 'lost scroll' was presented to The Swingers for 'Counting the Beat'.

APRA Silver Scroll: Heavenly Pop Hits - fifty years of Silver Scrolls

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Image: APRA Silver Scrolls 2016

Live stream of the ceremony

The awards for been live streamed on RadioNZ for a number of years now

APRA Silver Scrolls 2016

Radio New Zealand

Image: Lorde's APRA Silver Scroll acceptance speech

2017 APRA Silver Scroll Award winner

Lorde won for her song, 'Green Light'

Lorde's APRA Silver Scroll acceptance speech

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The APRA Maioha award

The APRA Maioha award was first awarded in 2003 to celebrate Māori composers and exceptional waiata featuring te reo.

 Previous winners include Vince Harder, Stan Walker, Maisey Rika, and Rob Ruha. 

This year's Maioha award finalists are:

Image: Headquarters: Ria Hall

Ria Hall, Tiki Taane, and Te Ori Paki

Te Ahi Kai Pō

Headquarters: Ria Hall

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Image: Rob Ruha: That’s Us

Rob Ruha

Uia

Rob Ruha: That’s Us

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2018 APRA Silver Scroll finalists

Every year, songwriters who are members of APRA submit their works for consideration. 

These submissions are whittled down to 20 finalists, which are then narrowed down further to the top five finalists for the APRA Silver Scroll

Here are this year's finalists:

'Aztechknowledgey' written and performed by Troy Kingi

'Future Me Hates Me' written by Elizabeth Stokes and performed by The Beths

'Hunnybee' written by Ruban Nielson, Kody Nielson and Jacob Portrait, performed by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

'Laugh It Off' written by Chelsea Jade Metcalf and Bradley Hale, performed by Chelsea Jade

'Nobody gets what they want anymore' written by Marlon Williams, performed by Marlon Williams featuring Aldous Harding: 

Image: Anatomy of a Scroll: The Beths, 'Future Me Hates Me'

The Beths

'Future Me Hates Me' written by Elizabeth Stokes and performed by

Anatomy of a Scroll: The Beths, 'Future Me Hates Me'

Radio New Zealand

Image: Anatomy of a Scroll: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, 'Hunnybee'

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Hunnybee

Anatomy of a Scroll: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, 'Hunnybee'

Radio New Zealand

Image: Photographs of Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Photographs of Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Alexander Turnbull Library

Image: Anatomy of a Scroll: Marlon Williams 'Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore'

Marlon Williams featuring Aldous Harding

Nodody gets what they want anymore

Anatomy of a Scroll: Marlon Williams 'Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore'

Radio New Zealand