Ara Music Awards 2020 – Cancelled

Due to the the recent spread of the Covid-19 virus & that we have returned to Level 3, the Music Competition for 2020, which was to be staged in September has now been cancelled.

To all all the participants including parents and music teachers, we can only say that we too are very sorry indeed that decision had to be made, considering the effort you have made to prepare yourselves for this event.

Thank you for applying to take part…take good care of yourselves…and we hope to meet up with those who will still be eligible to apply in 2021

As things settle down we will look to confirm the date for the next competition.

Ara Lodge

Ara Music Awards 2020

The Ara Music awards are now open for 2020.

We are please to be working again with the APPA Executive to provide a not only financial support towards tuition fees and replacement instruments, but also giving young people public performance experience & feedback on their musicianship.

This competition will, once again, be the most prestigious music competition for primary-intermediate aged children in Australasia.

Young people who are eligible are:

  • Living somewhere in the APPA region between Pukekohe and Wellsford.
  • In year 5-8 classes.  Years 9 and over are not eligible.
  • Have NZ citizenship or have Permanent Residency. Proof required.
  • Have Grade 5 or higher in music exams. A copy of the certificate is essential.
Key Dates:
  • Friday 14th August, Applications Close
  • Sunday 6th September, Preliminaries if required
  • Sunday 20nd September at 1:00 pm, Finals

Application Form

Conditions of Entry

Information for Schools

Award Missions & Goals

Ara Music Awards 2019 Finals

The Ara Music awards are now finished.

Well done to all the participants.

This years Awardees are;

Overall winner:

Jifei Shao

Distinction Strings:

Hayden Chiu


Alex Bai

Janice Tsai

Shan Liu

Sunny Liu

Most Promising:

Caitlin Chen


Special thanks to the Judges:

Amalia Hall

Christina Bevan

Justin Bird

Virginia Hopkins

Guest Judge

Lara Hall