The 20 best local songs from the past year have been named.
Wellington artists Jon Toogood and Julia Deans, Jess Chambers, Jesse Sheehan, and Nick Gaffaney and Aaron Tokona, have have made the Australasian Perfoming Rights Association Silver Scroll 2012 long list of nominees.
The Silver Scroll Award, now in its 47th year is judged on the song's merit, rather than sales, and is widely regarded as New Zealand's most prestigious song writing award.
Association spokesman Anthony Healy said it was privilege to celebrate the best music of 2012.
"The Silver Scroll is unique as it shines the light on songs that have or will indeed in the future make a difference. This year is no exception" he said.
A panel of anonymous association members select the nominees, and more than 8000 other members vote to choose the five finalists.
The five finalist will be named in August and the winner will be announced at a gala dinner in September .
Other prizes handed out will include awards for most performed works in New Zealand and overseas, the APRA Maioha Award, the SOUNZ Contemporary Award and an induction to the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.
The APRA Silver Scroll 2012 longlist:
Never Be Without You, written by Ben King (Grand Rapids)
Everything is Beautiful and New, written by Bic Runga (Bic Runga)
The Origin Of Slaves, written by Nick Gaffaney and Aaron Tokona (Cairo Knife Fight)
Lead Me To The Light, written by Hayden Donnell (Great North)
Datura, written by Tom Scott and Hayden Dick (Home Brew)
Blind Eyes, written by Lisa Crawley (Lisa Crawley)
Hibernate, written by Lydia Cole (Lydia Cole)
Getaway Tonight, written by Kody Nielson (Opossom)
Water To Ice, written by Jane de Jong (Ruby Frost)
Fatal Flaw, written by Louis McDonald, Adam Quigley and Levi Heeringa (Five Mile Town)
Hold On, written by Josh Fountain (Get Well Soon)
Hopeful Dreamer, written by Jess Chambers (Jess Chambers)
By Your Side, written by Jesse Sheehan (Jesse Sheehan)
When It's All Too Much, written by Lauren Mitchell (LA Mitchell)
Anniversary Day, written by Jon Toogood and Julia Deans (The Adults)
State Houses By The River, written by Adam McGrath (The Eastern)
Girl In Stilettos, written by Anna Macdonald (Annah Mac)
Outta Reach, written by Lindon McCormack (Lindon Puffin)
Everything To Me, written by Stephanie Brown (Lips)
Forever, written by Matiu Walters and Marlon Gerbes (Six60)
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