THE Fiji Performing Rights Association (FPRA) has received a large number of entries from its new members as well as hip-hop artistes who wish to be nominated for this year’s FPRA music awards.
FPRA media liaison officer Lice Movono-Rova said their new website www.fpramusicawards.com seemed to have enabled many artistes living outside of Suva and Fiji to enter the awards.
“When entry forms are sent in, we check to make sure first of all that the music is intact and properly recorded. Then we check to ensure the artiste has entered as many categories as they are eligible for.
“Sometimes artistes will enter a particular category they’ve been eyeing to win, not realising their work can be praised under several other categories.
“Of the 14 categories, 10 are open to artistes who are members of FPRA.
“But given that membership is free and open to anyone of Fijian descent it is, for all intents and purposes, open to everyone,” she said.
Mrs Movono-Rova said the nominees would be announced on March 18 at a showbiz-styled VIP event in Suva where sponsors and industry personnel would attend.
“We would like to encourage artistes to join up quickly,” she said.
“Each year, we work hard to make the event better and place more importance not just in the logistics and planning, but also in terms of its public profile for one reason only — so consumers value the work of our talented singers.”
By Talebula Kate | The Fiji Times, Monday, February 15, 2016