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Screen Music Awards 2020 head to the virtual space on 1 December!


Virtual Awards set to be streamed Tuesday 1 December

A pandemic isn’t stopping APRA AMCOS and the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC) from honouring its finest creators of film, television, documentary and advertising music.

For the first time, the 2020 Screen Music Awards will take to the screen itself to celebrate Australian composers and their music soundtracks. The Awards will be staged as a virtual event, streamed online to a global audience on Tuesday 1 December via YouTube Premiere, kicking off at 7:00pm AEDT.

AGSC’s Antony Partos said, "As the newly minted President of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers, I am delighted to introduce the unveiling of the 2020 Screen Music Awards. Although I had personally desired for this to be a live celebration to mark the end of social distancing and embrace live music and one another again, it seems the next best thing is to join together virtually to celebrate the wealth of talent that our industry has to offer."

"Ironically, despite our industry suffering a cataclysmic downturn this year due to nearly all production ceasing, the public have turned to film and television content in unprecedented numbers to be entertained, forget their woes and be transported to a different reality. My fellow Australian composers may not be household names, but they can rest assured that many of the programs they have worked on have touched the hearts and moved people emotionally across our nation. So I look forward to celebrating virtually with you all on December 1."

Hosting this virtual celebration are three incredible contributors to the Australian screen, the first being Justine Clarke, who has spent much of her life in front of the camera and performing on stage. She launched her successful children's entertainment career in 2005, with the defining music release, I Like to Sing and was most recently seen in Muriel's Wedding The Musical. Our other two special guest hosts will be announced in the coming weeks.

The virtual format will feature the presentation of thirteen awards as well as musical interpretations of the four Feature Film Score of the Year nominations performed by the Screen Awards orchestra and led by Musical Director, Jessica Wells. Jessica works tirelessly as an arranger and orchestrator, and also runs Jigsaw Music who most recently provided the orchestration for the score to the Helen Reddy biopic I Am Woman by composer Rafael May.

The nominees for the 2020 Screen Music Awards will be announced Thursday 29 October.


Best Music for an Advertisement

Best Music for Children’s Television

Best Music for a Documentary

Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie

Best Music for a Short Film

Best Music for a Television Series or Serial

Best Television Theme

Best Original Song Composed for the Screen

Best Soundtrack Album

Feature Film Score of the Year

Most Performed Screen Composer – Australia*

Most Performed Screen Composer – Overseas*

Distinguished Services to the Australian Screen Award^

* Determined by statistical analysis

^ Awarded at the discretion of the APRA Board of Directors


Premiering Tuesday 1 December from 7:00pm AEDT on YouTube Premiere

Hosted by Justine Clarke, with more to be revealed

Musical Director Jessica Wells

RSVP to watch here

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For further information please contact:

APRA Music Awards Publicist - Fantin Comes Alive:

Viv Fantin (02) 6687 1965 | 0402 747 400 |

APRA AMCOS Communications:

Karen Tinman (02) 9935 7623 | |


APRA AMCOS is a key business partner to Australasian music creators. We have 103,000 members who are songwriters, composers and music publishers. We license organisations to play, perform, copy or record our members’ music, and we distribute the royalties to our members.

As a world-leading organisation invested in the future of music, APRA AMCOS enables music creators and customers to maximise the value music brings to business and life. We achieve this through a simple and effective licensing framework, and providing holistic industry support – from education, to live music, export, creators’ rights advocacy and recognition through our high-profile awards and events program.

AGSC is the national industry association for professional composers working in film, television, documentary and multimedia, promoting excellence in screen composition through industry events, government lobbying and direct membership advice.