ON SONG winners announced

ON SONG winners announced

Budding musicians Lukas Mayo and Marcus Burton have won the coveted APRA song-writing award in the ON SONG competition CPIT.

The ON SONG evening, held on November 6th as part of CPIT’s Creative Festival, showcased Bachelor of Music students’ outstanding song-writing talent as students performed live.

The APRA MusicArts Award was donated by APRA to recognise the best song written in the MusicArts programme for the year. The judges were Lyttleton song writing icon Lindon Puffin and Brad Banks from The Dukes.


Lukas Mayo and Marcus Burton took home the award for their song entitled “Lying under trains”. They received $250, a trophy, plus the honour of having the prestigious APRA brand attached to their CV.

CPIT MusicArts director Liam Ryan says ON SONG was a new partnership between APRA and CPIT MusicArts, designed to foster song writing in Christchurch. “APRA are the royalty collecting agency for Australasian song writers. They are also an advocacy group for New Zealand musicians.”

This award was part of a wider partnership including the APRA Songwriter in Residence programme which was rolled out for the first time when musical legend Warren Maxwell visited CPIT earlier this year.

Only CPIT students were eligible to the ON SONG Award competition. However, in 2015 APRA are also working with CPIT MusicArts to promote a nationwide songwriting competition scheduled for the middle of 2015. The QuickSong competition will be announced early 2015.

The cash prize and a trophy will be presented at the MusicArts BEAT event on December 3.

ON SONG was one of the first events in CPIT’s Creative Festival, which also includes fashion catwalk show PITCH, live music concert BEAT, visual arts exhibition RIPE, celebration of Maori culture HIHA and interior design exhibition VISUALISE from now until the beginning of December.

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