From Dave Dobbyn to David Dallas, the 20 artists battling it out for this year's Apra Silver Scroll award are as varied as they can get.

But Apra's Anthony Healey says they all have one thing in common: they're all good.

"These songs come from the new and old, the north and south and span all genres," he says.

"They are connected only by the fact they've been written here in New Zealand and each is, in their own unique way, excellent."


Voting on the shortlist, confirmed today, will take place from now until August 14 by Apra's 10,000 members.

The award will be presented at at Auckland's Vector Arena on September 29.

Previous winners have included Lorde, Bic Runga, Don McGlashan, Stephanie Brown, Shona Laing and Neil Finn.


10 Years

- Seth Haapu

A Lake

- Lawrence Arabia

All Eyes in the Room

- Gareth Thomas

All Over You

- Leisure

August Song

- The Sami Sisters

Buried by the Burden

- Pacific Heights ft. Louis Baker

Don't Rate That

- David Dallas


- Lydia Cole

Give Up Your Dreams

- The Phoenix Foundation

Harmony House

- Dave Dobbyn

If I Move to Mars -

Thomas Oliver

Love Will Be A River

- Holly Arrowsmith with Fly My Pretties

March - Electric Wire Hustle ft. Deva Mahal

One Question - Yoko-Zuna ft. Laughton Kora

Pedestrian Support League - Street Chant

Pocket - Miloux

Stuck in Melodies - Andrew Keoghan

The First Man - Tami Neilson

The Hours - Mice On Stilts

We Will Rise Again - Shayne P. Carter