The Australasian Performing Right Assn. (APRA) awards will move from Sydney to the south-eastern city of Melbourne next year, to mark its 25th year.

Sally Howland, Sydney-based director of member services tells,
"Melbourne is such a music city that it makes sense to have more of our events there."

Up to 21% of APRA's 42,000 composer, songwriter and publisher members in Australia and New Zealand are based in Melbourne, the second largest city in Australia. Sydney accounts for 25% of its membership.

Among ideas being mooted for the June 2 event is a CD compilation of song nominations of the year, and a series of live sets by songwriters performing their hits of the past quarter century.

Negotiations will begin for a TV special around the awards, although APRA has traditionally eschewed television coverage of its three galas. The other two events are the APRA classical awards in July, and the screen music awards in November.

APRA last month declared total revenue of A$127.2 million ($101. 7 million) for the 2005-06 financial year, a growth of 2.9% over the previous period.