Screen Music Awards moves to online event

The Screen Music Awards is the latest to shift to an online presentation for 2020, due to the pandemic.

APRA AMCOS and the Australian Guild of Screen Composers will honour composers of film, television, documentary & advertising music in a virtual event via YouTube in December.

Justine Clarke is back as one of three hosts, with two more to be announced.

The virtual format will feature the presentation of 13 awards as well as musical interpretations of the four Feature Film Score of the Year nominations performed by the Screen Awards orchestra and led once more by Musical Director, Jessica Wells.

AGSC’s Antony Partos (pictured) said, “As the newly minted President of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers, I am delighted to introduce the unveiling of the 2020 Screen Music Awards. Although I had personally desired for this to be a live celebration to mark the end of social distancing and embrace live music and one another again, it seems the next best thing is to join together virtually to celebrate the wealth of talent that our industry has to offer.

“Ironically, despite our industry suffering a cataclysmic downturn this year due to nearly all production ceasing, the public have turned to film and television content in unprecedented numbers to be entertained, forget their woes and be transported to a different reality. My fellow Australian composers may not be household names, but they can rest assured that many of the programs they have worked on have touched the hearts and moved people emotionally across our nation. So I look forward to celebrating virtually with you all on December 1.”

Nominees will be announced Thursday 29 October.

Tuesday 1 December from 7:00pm AEDT on YouTube Premiere.

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