APRA Silver Scroll Awards 2009: Announcing the Top 20 New Zealand Songs Of The Year

Thursday 16 July 2009, 8:31AM



Presented since 1965 the APRA Silver Scroll Award is New Zealand’s pre-eminent songwriting award; and as an event, it is a highly anticipated evening of unique collaborations and performances.


For the first time in the awards history – the APRA Silver Scroll Awards are to be held in Christchurch. This invite only event will be held on Thursday 17 September in Christchurch’s glorious Town Hall.

APRA (the Australasian Performing Right Association) are proud to announce the top 20 songs in line for New Zealand’s most prestigious songwriting award.

Song Title Writer/Composer(s) & Publisher Performed by
Apple Pie Bed James Milne & Luke Buda Mushroom Music Lawrence Arabia
Closer To Home Oliver Gordon, Nick Major, Michael Carpinter, Stephen Small & Jasper De Roos Autozamm
Dancing On The Moon Phil Madsen Phil Madsen
Degrees Of Existence Shayne Carter Dimmer
Everything Peter Wadams, Sam Hansen & Vince Harder Standard Music P-Money feat. Vince Harder
Hey Boys And Girls Dann Hume & Jon Hume Second Pressing Evermore
Howling At The Moon Dave Dobbyn Dave Dobbyn
I Can't Stop Being Foolish Kody Nielson & Ruban Nielson Mushroom Music The Mint Chicks
Island Jess Chambers Jess Chambers
January's Well Reb Fountain Reb Fountain
Lotaluv Jamie Greenslade Maitreya
Louder Louder Dave Gibson & Justyn Pilbrow Mushroom Music Elemeno P
Mr Mista David Atai, Te Awanui Reeder, Donald McNulty, Heath Manukau, Junior Rikiau, Feleti Strickson-Pua & Che Ness Nesian Mystik
Oldest Trick In The Book Eden Mulholland Mushroom Music Motocade
On My Mind James Christmas & Barry Palmer Mushroom Music Luger Boa
Silences & Distances Julia Deans, Andrew Bain & Simon Braxton
Native Tongue Music Publishing
Fur Patrol
The Letter Jeremy Redmore, Simon Oscroft, Matthew Warman, Aidan Bartlett & Nick Campbell Midnight Youth
Turn Around Andrew Spraggon & Iva Lamkum
Native Tongue Music Publishing
Sola Rosa
Vampires Matt Barus Native Tongue Music Publishing Dukes
Wayho Ruth Carr, Paul Dodge & Ryan Beehre
Native Tongue Music Publishing



An anonymous jury of APRA Members have convened the preliminary list above; it is now down to the 7,000+ New Zealand APRA Members – the nation’s songwriters and composers – to elect their 2009 songwriting champion. Peer voting for the winner of the APRA Silver Scroll is all about songwriters recognising the outstanding achievements of their cohorts and honouring the craft of songwriting.


Attested by an obviously humbled Jason Kerrison – who along with, Bobby Kennedy, Matt Treacy & Clinton Harris wrote the 2008 APRA Silver Scroll winner ‘One Day’ – “I am really, truly honoured, particularly to be given this award from our peers. It is a privilege to be acknowledged at such an amazing night.”

You can listen to the Top 20 and read each songs lyrics at – voting is now open for APRA Members via this website.

The APRA Silver Scroll Award is presented alongside the APRA Maioha Award and the SOUNZ Contemporary Award recognising outstanding compositions in both Maori and Classical music; nods to the Most Performed Works here and overseas; and another surprise induction to the New Zealand Music Hall Of Fame. The APRA Silver Scroll Awards recognise and celebrate the creative excellence of our songwriters & composers.

APRA would not be able to bring the Awards to Christchurch without the support of the following partners: the Christchurch City Council, Vbase, CHART: Christchurch Music Industry Trust, PacificBlue & HotelSO.

To learn more about the Silver Scroll Awards, including past winners and performances, please visit


2009 APRA Silver Scroll Awards - Christchurch Town Hall - Thursday 17 September