A tiny pony with a lofty goal, shuffling worms underground and Te Reo Māori are all thoroughly explored by this year’s finalists for the 2020 Children’s Music Awards – an annual presentation celebrating music written for kids.
The Children’s Music Awards celebrate the storytellers, the rhymers, the singers and groovers who write and perform the songs that ignite a love for music in New Zealand children. Music universally brings a magical joy to the senses and plays an especially pivotal role in our children’s lives, spinning their stories and swaying their souls.
We are very pleased to announce the finalists for the 2020 APRA Best Children's Music Song, the Recorded Music NZ Te Kaipuoro Waiata Tamariki Toa / Best Children’s Music Artist, and the NZ On Air Best Children's Music Video.
APRA Best Children's Song finalists:
- Kath Bee and Doug Stenhouse for I Love Life (feat. Joelle)
- Aro for Korimako written by Emily and Charles Looker
- Ben Sinclair and Jeremy Dillon for Tony the Tiny Pony
Te Kaipuoro Waiata Tamariki Toa / Best Children’s Music Artist finalists:
- Anika Moa
- Captain Festus McBoyle
- Chris Sanders
NZ On Air Best Children's Music Video finalists:
- Little Ripples for Read To Me video by Emily Benge
- Chris Sanders for Tahi Tahi Tahi Ambulance Song
- Ben Sinclair and Jeremy Dillon for Tony the Tiny Pony, video by Ned Wenlock
- The Nukes for Worms, video by Parry Jones and Christian Tjandrawinata
Presented by Recorded Music NZ, APRA NZ and NZ On Air, the awards have the support of Kiwi Kids Music, the national association of children’s songwriters, creators and producers. Formed by some of the most passionate creators of music for Kiwi Kids and currently chaired by Suzy Cato, the association supports NZ children’s music creators and seeks to advance the potential of all our children to live healthy fulfilling lives.
NZ On Air have created a special spotify playlist celebrating this years finalists available here.
Winners will be announced later this month at a special virtual awards ceremony – more details to come.