For the APRA Maioha Award, SOUNZ Contemporary Award | Te Tohu Auaha, and Screen Awards, we assemble a judging panel of fellow members who have expertise or experience in each respective category. The names of these judges are published each year. They take time to consider all entries and create their own shortlist before coming together to discuss which entries will become finalists and winners.
For the APRA Silver Scroll Award, we assemble a panel of ten APRA members/songwriters as our initial judging panel. They listen to all the entries (often more than 200 songs) and create a shortlist, before we hold a panel meeting to decide on the top 20 songs. The names of these judges are also published each year.
All APRA members are then invited to listen to these top 20 songs and vote for their top five songs in order. The votes from APRA members determine the top five finalists and winner.
All judges in all categories evaluate the entries without knowing who wrote/composed each song/work – they are simply given the song title, song lyrics, and audio file.
All judges have not entered the awards themselves, and must declare any conflict of interest with any entries ahead of final decisions being made.
APRA staff members have no input or influence in the judging of any categories.