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Art Music Awards

The Art Music Awards are presented each year by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and the Australian Music Centre to recognise achievement in the composition, performance, education and presentation of Australian music. The Art Music Awards consist of eleven national awards and various State Awards across categories covering composition, performance, and outstanding contributions by individuals and organisations in Australian music (now two separate Awards), in music education, experimental music, jazz and regional music.


2014 Art Music Awards in Melbourne

The 2014 Art Music Awards ceremony will be held, for the first time, in Melbourne, on Tuesday 26 August at the Plaza Ballroom (Collins St). Virginia Trioli, the Walkley award-winning journalist, author and co-host of ABC-TV News Breakfast will host this year’s event. A passionate supporter of the arts, Trioli also hosts the ‘In Conversation With’ interview series on ABC-TV’s Artscape.

Recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey will again curate the live performance program for the 2014 Art Music Awards event. Lacey performs music spanning ten centuries, and has appeared at many of the world’s pre-eminent music and arts festivals. She has commissioned, created, premiered and recorded many new works, and has established a reputation as an outstanding creative collaborator in projects locally and overseas.

Finalists for the 2014 Art Music Awards will be announced at the end of July.

> Nominations for 2014 Art Music Awards are now closed.
> Rules and guidelines.


About the Awards

The yearly Art Music Awards consist of eleven national Awards and a varying number of State Awards. The national awards are presented in categories covering, among others, composition (four Work of the Year awards), performance, music education, regional music, experimental music and jazz. Nominations are accepted by APRA and AMC members.


National Awards

Eleven national Art Music Awards are open for nominations from members of the Australian Music Centre and APRA, as well as industry organisations and companies such as educational institutions, broadcasters, retail outlets, recording studios and promoters: Work of the Year (orchestral; instrumental; vocal; jazz), Performance of the Year, Award for Excellence by an Individual, Award for Excellence by an Organisation, Award for Excellence in Music Education, Award for Excellence in a Regional Area, Award for Excellence in Experimental Music (for works, people or events) and award for Excellence in Jazz (for works, people or events). An additional category is awarded at the discretion of the Board of Directors of APRA and AMC for Distinguished Services to Australian Music.


State/Territory Awards

For each State or Territory, one Award is given from one of the following categories: Work of the Year (orchestral; instrumental; vocal; jazz), Performance of the Year, Award for Excellence by an Individual, Award for Excellence by an Organisation, Award for Excellence in Music Education, Award for Excellence in a Regional Area, Award for Excellence in Experimental Music (for works, people or events), award for Excellence in Jazz (for works, people or events).