23 February 2012
Date announced for Art Music Awards
The premier event of the new music calendar, the 2012 Art Music Awards, will be held on Tuesday, 3 April at the Playhouse Theatre of the Sydney Opera House. The Awards, presented by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and the Australian Music Centre, are promising to be a particularly special occasion this year, with the introduction of the new Award for Excellence in Jazz, and a widely respected curator of the evening's live performance program, Marshall McGuire.
There were over 250 nominations across all categories - a 25% increase on 2011 nominations - and judging panels have been busy looking at scores, listening to recordings, and reading through support materials. The panels meet via teleconference to make their decisions, and the list of finalists will be made public on Wednesday 7 March.
The Art Music Awards consist of 11 National Awards and various State Awards covering composition, performance, and outstanding contributions by individuals and organisations in Australian music, music education and music in regional areas. The National Awards also include the Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music, awarded at the discretion of the Board of Directors of APRA and AMC.
Categories for the 2012 Art Music Awards
- Work of the Year: Instrumental
- Work of the Year: Orchestral
- Work of the Year: Vocal
- Work of the Year: Jazz
- Performance of the Year
- Award for Excellence by an Organisation or an Individual
- Award for Excellence in Music Education
- Award for Excellence in a Regional Area
- Award for Excellence in Experimental Music
- Award for Excellence in Jazz
An additional category is awarded at the discretion of the Board of Directors of APRA and AMC for Distinguished Services to Australian Music.
For each State or Territory, one Award will be given from one of the ten categories listed above.
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