APRA AMCOS Song of the Year AU/NZ Songwriter Vote Result:
In 2018, the Country Music Association of Australia recognised that an increasing number of our artist and songwriter members are collaborating with international songwriters, and we made an amendment to the rules for the APRA/AMCOS Song of the Year in the 2019 Golden Guitar Award to reflect this.
The CMAA board and members passed the resolution at the AGM in Tamworth to put the issue to a vote.
Polling ran from March 8 to April 6 and the vote concluded with 73 per cent of voters calling for a minimum requirement of 50 per cent contribution by Australia/New Zealand songwriters, and 27 per cent calling for a minimum of 33 per cent. All Australian/New Zealand songwriter/s must also be a professional member of the CMAA, and the Golden Guitar trophies will only be presented to the Australian/New Zealand co-writer/s.
In more good news, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Peter Simpson and Tim Holland onto the board as appointed board members for 12 months. Both have decades of experience in the country music industry and we are all enjoying working with them in their new roles.
Update your profile and renew your membership on the CMAA Website:
The Academy Junior Course:
One of our most important roles in the industry is to nurture up-and-coming talent and applications close at the end of May for The Academy Junior Course. If you are a mentor or teacher of a singer-songwriter and/or musician aged 17 years old and under, and they want to learn more about making a career out of music, please apply now: http://academycountrymusic.com.au/apply/
Country Music Census
Finally, thank you to the thousands who completed the fan survey for the Country Music Census. Dobe Newton is busily compiling all the data and writing the report. The winner of the Cruisin' Country prize has been chosen and we'll announce them shortly.