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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 - finalists

Finalists for the 2014 Art Music Awards have been announced with a mix of established and up-and-coming composers across the diverse range of 11 award categories covering the genres of contemporary classical, jazz and experimental music. Read the press release (31 July 2014).

 

Work of the Year: Instrumental

Mary Finsterer: Aerea, performed by the Monash Art Ensemble

Elliott Gyger: Inferno, performed by Michael Kieran Harvey

Matthew Hindson: String Quartet No. 2, performed by the Elias String Quartet (publisher Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd OBO Faber Music Ltd)

Andrew Ford: String Quartet No. 5, performed by the Australian String Quartet

 

Work of the Year: Orchestral

Nigel Westlake and Lior Attar*: Compassion, performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Nigel Westlake (* publisher Mushroom Music Pty Ltd)

James Ledger: Golden Years, performed by Margaret Blades and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Otto Tausk

Mary Finsterer: Lake Ice: (Missed Tales No. 1), performed by Kees Boersma and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jessica Cottis

Brett Dean: The Last Days of Socrates, performed by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Simone Young, Peter Coleman-Wright, soloist (publisher Hal Leonard Australia OBO Boosey and Hawkes)                        

 

Work of the Year: Vocal

Sandra France: From a Black Sky, text by Helen Nourse, performed by orchestra and children’s chorus conducted by Dr David Kram

Andrew Ford: Last Words, text by Tim Winton, Dorothy Porter, et al., performed by Jane Sheldon and the Seraphim Trio

Gordon Hamilton: MOON: an Epic Song of Love, text Venero Armanno, performed by The Australian Voices conducted by Gordon Hamilton

Eve Klein: The Pomegranate Cycle, text and performance by Eve Klein

 

Work of the Year: Jazz

Alister Spence and Myra Melford: Everything Here Is Possible, performed by Alister Spence and Myra Melford

Quentin Angus: Happy, performed by Quentin Angus, Alon Tayar, Bambam Rodriguez and Ari Hoenig

Tilman Robinson: Network of Lines, performed by Tilman Robinson, Peter Knight, Callum G'Froerer, Erkki Veltheim, Judith Hamann, Brett Thompson, Berish Bilander, Sam Zerna and Hugh Harvey

Paul Grabowsky: Tall Tales, performed by Monash Art Ensemble, publisher J Albert & Son Pty Ltd

 

Performance of the Year

Arcko Symphonic Ensemble (Icy Disintegration by Annie Hsieh)

Elias String Quartet (String Quartet No. 2 by Matthew Hindson)

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Simone Young, Peter Coleman-Wright, soloist (The Last Days of Socrates by Brett Dean)

Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jessica Cottis, soloist Kees Boersma (Lake Ice: Missed Tales No. 1 by Mary Finsterer)

 

Award for Excellence by an Organisation

Arcko Symphonic Ensemble for 2013 activities

Australian Art Orchestra for touring, community building, recording, creativity and leadership

Chamber Made Opera for commissioning & presenting cutting-edge chamber opera

Frequency Oz for 2013 activities

 

Award for Excellence by an Individual

Carl Vine for exemplary contribution to Musica Viva Australia in 2013 as Artistic Director, and to the wider arts and cultural industry

Catherine Crock for The Hush Collection, Volumes 1 -13

David Montgomery for AMEB Project

Kim Waldock for contribution to music education in Australia

 

Award for Excellence in Music Education

Cathy Aggett for new Australian art songs for low voices

Karen Carey for the MLC School Opera House Concert 2013, and a legacy of 25 years of concerts and commissions

Topology for Music Education Program 'Top Up'

West Australian Symphony Orchestra for 2013 education program

 

Award for Excellence in a Regional Area

Bogong Centre for Sound Culture/Bogong ELECTRIC

Goulburn Regional Conservatorium for The Goulburn Oratorio

 

Award for Excellence in Experimental Music

Cat Hope for Drawn From Sound

Ensemble Offspring with Oren Ambarchi and Martin Ng for Ligeti Morphed

Eugene Ughetti, Robin Fox and Speak Percussion for Transducer

Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey & the City of Melbourne for 5 Short Blasts

 

Award for Excellence in Jazz

Alister Spence and Myra Melford for Everything Here Is Possible

Andrea Keller for the creation, release and presentation of three contemporary jazz projects in 2013

Jonathan Zwartz for the recording The Remembering And Forgetting Of The Air

The Street Theatre for Capital Jazz Project - a nine-day midwinter jazz festival

 

Award ceremony 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.


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.

> Rules and guidelines (2014 Art Music Awards)


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).