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Music awards show extends entry period

The entry period for the Fiji Performing Rights Association (FPRA) Music Awards 2016 has been extended to March 18 following the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston. The FPRA Music Awards organising team made the change after word came from musicians in TC Winston affected areas of the difficulties they were facing. FPRA Music Awards […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

March 12, 2016 9:54 am

The entry period for the Fiji Performing Rights Association (FPRA) Music Awards 2016 has been extended to March 18 following the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The FPRA Music Awards organising team made the change after word came from musicians in TC Winston affected areas of the difficulties they were facing.

FPRA Music Awards coordinator Seru Serevi said the team decided to extend the entry period by exactly two weeks in the hope that those who were working on their music would be able to complete their entries in time.

It is also hoped that those working on music videos of songs which were published in the eligibility period will now be able to complete that work.

There are some musicians with great music published last year who have not been able to deliver their music and forms to us. We don’t want them to miss out just because of technicalities.

We have made this decision because in the past two weeks alone, we received three brand new music videos of great quality, now showing on our dedicated video channel Play679 and more will be dropped on there this weekend.

We have heard of some other artists especially in the hip hop and Hindi genre, who were on the verge of completing their videos and entry forms. We are going to wait to see this amazing work come in

Serevi said the FPRA Music Awards team decided to use the period immediately after the cyclone to help those who have been affected by TC Winston, musicians and ordinary people alike.

There is simply no body in this country who hasn’t been affected. Every one of us has lost someone or something, if not directly than indirectly. Every single Fijian is devastated and we simply must rise up together. It is only natural that we also help where we can to ensure our brothers and sisters in the industry who live in affected areas, get the support they need from us here in Suva.

Serevi said the team had started its planning for the 2016 Awards Show quite early in January so the delay was not going to cause any problems.

A two week delay in the entry period is not going to affect the quality of the show.  In fact, it’ll ensure we deliver an event that is worthy of its objective which is – to reward our musicians for their work and encourage them to continue to produce great music.

Serevi joined a boat load of people from Rewa who took relief supplies to the people of Nairai island in the Lomaiviti Province this week.

We are very lucky in the music industry that most of our major operations is based in Suva so we weren’t drastically affected. We can afford to continue our routine and our daily lives. So we will do that but only after first supporting those we can reach with help.

Serevi said it was important that the rest of us in unaffected places continue to do our best in whatever area we work in and that would somehow support our brothers and sisters in affected areas.

We are good at music and our FPRAMAs team is good at organising events so we decided we would combine that. Thankfully we also have a team of wonderful corporate sponsors, people like Stage Tech who have been supporting all our events. Naturally the best we could do was to use music to bring people together and raise money in the process.

The FPRA Music Awards is scheduled for the 14th of May, 2016 at the Grand Pacific Hotel, in Suva.

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