2017 Screen Music Awards head to Melbourne to honour film & TV composers

Monday, 25 Sep 2017

Taking place 13 November at Melbourne Recital Centre
Featuring host Denise Scott with Jessica Wells as Musical Director

Film and television without music? No way!

Behind every magical screen experience is a talented group of composers who create emotions through music. APRA AMCOS and the AGSC (Australian Guild of Screen Composers) come together to recognise those individuals via the annual Screen Music Awards, which this year will take place on Monday 13 November at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Still the only Australian event to showcase the unseen champions of music composition in film and television, the ceremony recognises the outstanding achievements of Australian composers across 12 categories including compositions for documentaries, short films, mini-series, advertising, children’s television and feature film scores.

This year’s event also sees the introduction of the Distinguished Services to the Australian Screen Award. Replacing the International Achievement Award, it encompasses outstanding contribution to the Film and Television industry, including, but not limited to producers/directors, philanthropists, educators, music supervisors and event producers that provide promotion, opportunities and education for Australian Composers.

“Whilst we composers often feel we toil alone in our music making, there are always other craftspeople not far off screen. From technicians to educators, from conductors to scriptwriters… it’s patently obvious we’re a melodic cog in a larger story telling machine. We look forward to honouring those who have contributed to the industry and enabled us to do that voodoo that we do”, said Guy Gross, President of the AGSC.

Stepping into Screen Music Award hosting duties for the first time, is the always witty comedian, writer, actor and author Denise Scott. Denise first started working as a professional actor and comedian around thirty years ago, but it has been in the last decade or so that Scotty has gone supernova – winning awards, selling out theatres, appearing on high-rating TV shows (House Husbands and Winners and Losers) and writing two popular memoirs, All That Happened at Number 26 and The Tour. Denise continues to perform around the country and appear on our TV screens, most recently as the voice of Channel 9’s Travel Guides.

“I am just thrilled to be hosting this year’s Screen Music Awards, in the fair city of Melbourne no less! These musicians write music for screen stories and I love a good story. It should be a great night, full of laughs,” said Denise Scott.

Coming on board as Musical Director for the first time will be Jessica Wells. Jessica's compositions cross many genres in the classical, commercial and film music worlds and she has worked for some of Australia's best composers as an orchestrator, arranger and copyist. Most recently she produced the orchestral recordings of film soundtracks for Nigel Westlake's charming Paper Planes and Jeffrey Walker’s just released Ali's Wedding. Jessica will lead a live orchestra as they take nominated selections from the screen and bring them into the concert hall for a special performance.

Nominees for the 2017 SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS will be announced on Thursday 12 October.


  • Most Performed Screen Composer – Australia* 
  • Most Performed Screen Composer – Overseas*  
  • Best Music for a Documentary
  • Best Music for a Short Film
  • Best Original Song Composed for the Screen
  • Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie
  • Best Music for a Television Series or Serial
  • Best Television Theme
  • Best Music for Children’s Television
  • Best Feature Film Score
  • Best Music for an Advertisement
  • Best Soundtrack Album
  • Distinguished Services to the Australian Screen Award (as determined by APRA AMCOS Board of Directors)

*Determined by statistical analysis

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