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