The songwriters in the running for the 2008 Apra Silver Scroll Award have been chosen.

Here are the best local songs of the past year - as judged by New Zealand songwriters. But which song do you think should win, and why? Send us your views (right).

Key Points:

The finalists for the Australasian Performing Right Association's (Apra) songwriting award are:

Baby Come On
By Dave Gibson and Justyn Pilbrow of Elemeno P. From the album: Elemeno P.

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Dreams in My Head

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By Anika Moa. From the album:

In Swings the Tide

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One Day

By Opshop (Jason Kerrison, Bobby Kennedy, Matt Treacy and Clinton Harris). From the album:

Second Hand Planet

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Gather to the Chapel

By Liam Finn. From the album:

I'll Be Lightning

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Bright Grey

By the Phoenix Foundation (Samuel Scott, Luke Buda, Tom Wedde, William Ricketts, Richard Singleton, Warner Emery). From the album:

Happy Ending

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Lowdown

What:

The finalists in the Apra silver Scroll 2008. The awards are administered by the Australasian Performing Rights Association, which is a royalty collection organisation with more than 6000 New Zealand songwriters and composers in its membership. The Silver Scroll has been presented annually since 1965 and now the awards night includes the Sounz Contemporary Award for classical work, the Apra Maioha Award for best Te Reo Maori song and awards for the most performed work, overseas and locally.

When:

Auckland Town Hall on Wednesday 10 September.