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Australian Music Centre - projects and awards

The Australian Music Centre manages a range of projects in support of Australian music, ranging from awards and prizes through to artist development programs.
To find out more about the Art Music Awards, Paul Lowin Prizes, AMPlify and MODART composer development programs, other AMC projects and activities as well as APRA's Art Music Fund, please follow the links below.


Art Music Awards

The Art Music Awards (formerly the Classical Music Awards) are presented each year by APRA and the Australian Music Centre to recognise achievement in the composition, performance, education and presentation of Australian music.

> Winners for the 2016 Art Music Awards have been announced (16 August).


Paul Lowin Prizes

Held every 2-3 years, the Paul Lowin Prizes - the Orchestral Prize ($25,000) and the Song Cycle Prize ($15,000) - are among Australia's richest prizes for music composition.

> Winners of the 2016 Paul Lowin Prizes have been announced on 6 December 2016.


Art Music Fund

The Art Music Fund was initiated by APRA AMCOS in recognition of the limited opportunities for art music composers to have their works performed. This program is supported by the Australian Music Centre.

> Applications for the second round of grants are now open. For all details, please visit the APRA AMCOS website.


AMPlify - Art Music Plus

AMPlify is the AMC's new framework of artist development programs, being developed in close collaboration with APRA AMCOS, as well as other key partners. The second edition, AMPlify Indigenous Composer Initiative, was announced in September 2016, and the third, AMPLIFY GERMANY, in November 2016, with deadline for expressions of interest on 31 January 2017. Further details about individual programs and AMPlify partnerships will be released as programs proceed to a stage where expressions of interest can be sought from artists.


Australian Composer Polaroid Project

Jim Rolon's Australian Composer Polaroid Project took him to meet 41 composers and sound artists over a couple of months in 2015. The Australian Music Centre is now exhibiting these portraits for the first time as a series, as part of the AMC's 40th anniversary celebrations.

> View the photo gallery


Australian Music Centre - the first 41 years

On 27 February 2016, the Australian Music Centre will have been open to the public for 40 years. Periods of frantic activity and relative financial security have alternated with harder times, where survival had to be put before vision and innovation. Overseen by a succession of dedicated directors, staff and board members, the AMC's history in fact stretches beyond 40 years: its first premises at The Rocks, Sydney, were a hive of activity for several months before the official opening, and the Articles of Association were signed as early as August 1974. We've pieced our history together to form a timeline of interesting and entertaining events, milestones and images.

> Australian Music Centre - the first 41 years timeline


Digitisation Project 2013-2015

Funded through a grant from the Federal Government Department of Education and Training, the AMC's 2013-2015 digitisation project set a goal of completing the digitisation of a major part of the AMC's library collection of scores and audio, as well as the AMC's publications and photo archive.

The project target was to add 13,000 new digital objects to the AMC's existing digital collection. During the course of the project (in 2013-2015), 12,508 scores and sets of performance parts were scanned and digitised. Also included in the collection were 1,084 digital audio files, 508 digital images and photographs, as well as 6 archive publications.



MODART is a professional development project that provides opportunities for emerging composers to develop works for vocal ensemble, and which then receive public performance by The Song Company.



The Australian Music Centre publishes a range of sheet music, books, education kits and recordings.

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