APRA has announced the top 20 finalists for the Silver Scrolls 2016, alongside a request to all of their members to cast their vote.
The award recognises outstanding songwriting, as voted for by fellow Kiwi songwriters and composers.
Voting is open from now until August 14.
Past recipients include a long list of successful Kiwis such as Neil Finn, Bic Runga, Lorde, The Naked and Famous and like Dave Dobbyn, who is nominated again this year for a track co-written with the only 2016 double finalists Luke Buda and Sam Scott of The Phoenix Foundation.
Previous winners Tami & Jay Neilson and James Milne are also back on the long list, up against first timers such as Street Chant, Yoko-Zuna and Holly Arrowsmith.
Silver Scrolls 2016 Top 20
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- Street Chant: Pedestrian Support League
- Tami Neilson & Jay Neilson: The First Man
- Holly Arrowsmith: Love Will Be A River
- Yoko-Zuna: One Question
- Seth Haapu: 10 Years
- James Milne/ Lawrence Arabia: A Lake
- The Phoenix Foundation: Give Up Your Dreams
- Lydia Cole: Dream
- Anji Sami/The Sami Sisters: August Song
- David Dallas, Jordan Iusitini & Aaron Iusitini: Don’t Rate That
- Dave Dobbyn, Samuel Scott & Lukasz Buda: Harmony House
- Thomas Oliver: If I Move To Mars
- Electric Wire Hustle: March
- Rebecca Melrose/Miloux: Pocket
- Gareth Thomas: All Eyes In The Room
- Leisure: All Over You
- Andrew Keoghan & Wayne Bell: Stuck In Melodies
- Benjamin Morley/Mice On Stilts: The Hours
- Shayne Carter: We Will Rise Again
- Devin Abrams & Louis Baker/Pacific Heights: Buried By The Burden
The award will be presented at Vector Arena in Auckland on September 29.
The other awards presented on the night are:
- APRA Maioha Award, celebrating exceptional waiata featuring te reo Māori
- SOUNZ Contemporary Award, celebrating excellence in contemporary composition
- APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award
- APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award
- Induction of an act into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.