Silver Scroll Award

The Silver Scroll Award is New Zealand's most prestigious songwriting award. The award has been presented since 1965, and celebrates original pop music.  

The process of choosing the winner of the Scroll is unique in itself. APRA Members vote from the Top Twenty finalist songs, and are the ones to choose the Top 5 finalists and ultimately the winning song.

As the only peer voted music award in New Zealand, the APRA Silver Scroll Award isn’t a popularity contest or industry competition. This award is all about songwriters recognising the outstanding achievements of their peers and honouring the craft of songwriting.

Since 1965, the APRA Silver Scroll Award has recognised outstanding New Zealand songwriters and their works, including: Wayne Mason, Sharon O'Neill, Hammond Gamble, Shona Laing, Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga, Don McGlashan, Neil Finn, Chris Knox, Greg Johnson, and Brooke Fraser.

The APRA Silver Scroll Award is suitably engraved and in the recipients care for eleven months, and the winner receives a payment of  $5,000.

 
 
 
 
Year
 
 
 
 
Name
 
 
 
 
Song
1965
Wayne Kent-Healey
Teardrops
1966
Ray Columbus
I Need You
1967
Roger Skinner
Let’s Think of Something
1968
David Jordan
I Shall Take My Leave
1969
David Jordan
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
1970
Wayne Mason
Nature
1971
Corben Simpson
Have You Heard a Man Cry?
1972
Stephen Robinson
Lady Wakes Up
1973
Ray Columbus & Mike Harvey
Jangles, Spangles & Banners
1974
John Hanlon
Lovely Lady
1975
John Hanlon
Windsongs
1976
Mike Harvey
All Gone Away
1977
Lea Maalfrid
Lavendar Mountain
1978
Steve Allen
Why Do They?
1979
Sharon O’Neill
Face in a Rainbow
1980
Paul Schreuder
You’ve Got Me Loving You
1981
No event
 
1982
Stephen Young
I Can’t Sing Very Well
1983
Stephen Bell-Booth
All I Want is You
1984
Hammond Gamble
Look What Midnight’s Done To Me
1985
Malcolm Black & Nick Sampson
For Today
1986
Tony Waine
Abandoned By Love
1987
Dave Dobbyn
You Oughta Be In Love
1988
Shona Laing
Soviet Snow
1989
Stephen Bell-Booth
Hand It Over
1990
Guy Wishart
Don’t Take me for Granted
1991
Rikki Morris
Heartbroke
1992
Shona Laing
Mercy of Love
1993
Dave Dobbyn
Belle of the Ball
1994
Don McGlashan
Anchor Me
1995
Mark Tierney, Paul Casserly, & Anthony Ioasa
Sweet Disorder
1996
Bic Runga
Drive
1997
Greg Johnson
Liberty
1998
Dave Dobbyn
Beside You
1999
Bill Urale
Reverse Resistance
2000
Chris Knox
My Only Friend
2001
Neil Finn
Turn and Run
2002
Che Ness & Godfrey de Grut
Misty Frequencies
2003
Donald McNulty, Te Awanui Reeder, David Atai, Junior Rikiau, Feleti Strickson-Pua
For The People
2004
Malo Luafutu and Peter Wadams
Not Many
2005
Dann, Jon and Peter Hume
It’s Too Late
2006
Don McGlashan
Bathe in the River
2007
Brooke Fraser
Albertine
2008
Jason Kerrison, Bobby Kennedy, Matt Treacy & Clinton Harris
One Day
2009 James Milne & Luke Buda Apple Pie Bed
2010 Aaron Young, Alisa Xayalith, Thom Powers Young Blood
2011 Dave Baxter Love Love Love
2012 Stephanie Brown Everything To Me
2013 Ella Yelich-O'Connor & Joel Little Royals