Entries Open for the 2015 Children's Music Awards
The Children's Music Awards celebrate the songwriters who shape the colourful, wonderful, wacky worlds our kids visit through music. The awards have been going gangbusters since they were introduced in 2008, and this year the awards step it up a notch with the introduction of a music grant from NZ On Air.
In addition to a $1000 cash prize, this year the winner of the APRA Best Children's Music Song Award will also receive a $10,000 NZ On Air grant to be spent on the recording of a song and a music video.
NZ On Air's music manager Brendan Smyth hopes the addition of the grant will encourage more music to be written for children "This special Making Tracks funding for the winner is one way we can recognise the best in children's music and stimulate more music to be written. We are also looking at how we can use our NewTracks and new AllTracks platforms to help promote children's music."
Entries are now open for the awards in the following categories:
• APRA Best Children's Music Song
• Recorded Music NZ Best Children's Music Album
• What Now Best Children's Music Video
The awards will be presented live on What Now on Sunday 2nd August by last year's winner Anika Moa. "Music feeds the heart and soul of our tamariki" Anika says. "I wanted to show them that we can write and sing our own songs from our own country. The fun, excitement and pure joy my sons get from listening to me sing is life itself. Sing silly and your soul will soar!"
Victoria Kelly, member services manager for APRA AMCOS says the importance of music for kids cannot be understated. "It's a wonderful thing, to be able to engage, teach, inspire and amuse children through music. Music connects the dots in children's minds and gives them another language to play with. It provides that first magical step in the journey towards a lifetime of musical appreciation and participation."
To coincide with the Children's Music Awards, this year APRA AMCOS will also be releasing the third instalment of Music Box - a promotional album made up of the top entries to the awards. Music Box 2015 will be distributed free to child-friendly organisations across the country and will be available as a free download from the APRA AMCOS website for the month of August.
For more information and to enter the awards visit the APRA AMCOS website: http://bit.ly/Childrens_Entries_2015
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