The SOUNZ Contemporary Award | Te Tohu Auaha, presented in collaboration with APRA AMCOS NZ, has been awarded since 1998, recognising New Zealand compositions that demonstrate outstanding levels of creativity and inspiration.
Composers who are members of APRA are annually invited to enter up to two works which have been premiered in the previous year. Pieces may have been premiered publicly, recorded for radio broadcast or by a recognised recording label for distribution, or performed by a professional orchestra in a professional development situation. SOUNZ may in its absolute discretion accept an entry outside the eligibility period because of special circumstances. For example when a composition is completed and professionally recorded but not made available for reasons beyond the composer’s control this may qualify as a special circumstance.
The works can be for solo, chamber, ensemble, choral, opera, orchestral, electro-acoustic or any combination of these.
SOUNZ Centre for NZ Music convenes a jury to select three finalists whose entry shows outstanding compositional excellence and inspiration.
The award, consisting of a trophy and cash prize (currently $3,000), is presented each year at the APRA Silver Scroll awards ceremony. The trophy for the SOUNZ Contemporary Award | Te Tohu Auaha has been designed and made by Auckland sculptor Sarah Smuts Kennedy and depicts a bronze fern frond mounted on a shaped oak and ebony base.
Nō te tau 1998 i tīmata ai te tuku i Te Tohu Ao Hou a Toi te Arapūoru. He mea tuku ngātahi e Toi te Arapūoru me APRA AMCOS NZ hei whakanui i ngā titonga puoro o Aotearoa e eke ana ki te tihi o Toi, o Auaha.
Ka tonoa ngā mema o APRA kia tuku mai i tētahi titonga kotahi, e rua rānei, kua tukuna tuatahitia ki te ao i te tau o mua atu. Tērā pea i kawea tuatahitia i te aroaro o Tūmatanui mā, tērā rānei i āta hopukina hei pāho ki te reo irirangi, tērā rānei i hopukina e tētahi pakihi whakaputa puoro hei toha whānui, tērā kē rānei i kawea ake e tētahi tira puoro ngaio i tētahi horopaki whakapakari pūkenga. Tērā anō pea ka whakaae a Toi te Arapūoru (heoi anō, kei a ia rawa te tikanga) kia uru tētahi titonga o waho o te tau e tika ana, mēnā he tino take i tika ai kia pērā. Hei tauira, mēnā i oti, i hopukina ngaiotia anō hoki he titonga, engari kāore i tukuna ki te ao, ā, ko ngā take i kore ai, kei tua o te awe o te kaitito.
Ko ngā titonga puoro nei, hei hiki mā te tangata takitahi, mā te taka puoro, te kāhui puoro, te tira waiata, te rōpū puoro whakaari, te rāngai puoro, te kaipuoro orooro-hiko, ētahi huinga rānei o ēnei.
Ka huia e Toi te Arapūoru he pae whakawā hei kōwhiri i tētahi tokotoru ko rātou kei te whiringa toa, inā te kairangi o te titonga me te auaha o te whakaaro.
Ko te tohu nei, he tohutoa hei hāpai mā te ringa, he moni anō (i tēnei wā e $3,000). Whakawhiwhia ai i ia tau i te hui tuku tohu a APRA e kīia nei ko ngā Silver Scroll. He mea hoahoa, he mea tārai te Te Tohu Ao Hou a Toi te Arapūoru e tētahi kaitārai whakapakoko o Tāmakimakaurau, ko Sarah Smuts Kennedy te ingoa. He huruwhenua rauwhero, ko te tūāpapa he mea tārai ki te oke me te eponi.
Kei te pae tukutuku a APRA te roanga atu o ngā kōrero mō ngā Tohutoa Silver Scroll.
Winners and finalists of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award | Te Tohu Auaha