Art Music Awards
2016 Art Music Awards: finalists announced
The finalists for the 2016 Art Music Awards have been announced. From jazz compositions and large-scale symphonic pieces to vocal, chamber and instrumental works and experimental projects, the list of finalists in 11 Award categories reflects the diversity and the high quality of contemporary art music written, composed and performed in 2015.
'The people included in these lists, and indeed across all the nominations lodged, represent our champions, and those who champion our champions. The names of those established and emerging, in cities and in regional areas, show that we have much to celebrate in the Australian art music sector', said the AMC's CEO John Davis.
The Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music (as determined by the APRA Board of Directors) will be announced prior to the event. There is also an award for each Australian State or Territory from one of the 11 national categories.
The 2016 Art Music Awards will be presented at the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne on Tuesday 16 August, hosted by Jonathan Biggins and with a live performance program curated by Gabriella Smart.
APRA AMCOS and the AMC would like to extend congratulations to all of the finalists for the 2016 Art Music Awards - the only event of its kind in Australia to recognise the works that are brought to life by dedicated musicians, individuals, educators and arts organisations all over the country.
Full list of finalists below.
> Read a news article on Resonate magazine (19 July 2016)
> Finalists announcement on APRA AMCOS website
Vocal / Choral Work of the Year
Title: Paradise, five songs for soprano, cello and piano
Composer: Andrew Schultz
Performed by: Felicitas Fuchs (soprano), Qin Li-Wei (cello) and Bernard Lanskey (piano)
Jazz Work of the Year
Title: Beginning and End of Knowing
Composed & performed by: Laurence Pike and Mike Nock
Composed & performed by: Paul Grabowsky and Niko Schäuble
Publisher: J Albert & Son
Instrumental Work of the Year
Orchestral Work of the Year
Title: Earth Plays
Composer: Catherine Milliken
Performed by: Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Fiona Campbell, soloist, Peter Rundel, conductor
Performance of the Year
Award for Excellence by an Organisation
Arcko Symphonic Ensemble for presenting 'From Sorrowing Earth', a celebration of Nigel Butterley
Ensemble Offspring for 2015 activities and sustained services to Australian music for 20 years
Speak Percussion for their 2015 program: Performance, Commissions, Collaborations and Education
The Music Show (ABC Radio National) for promotion, discussion and analysis of Australian music over 25 years
Award for Excellence by an Individual
Andrée Greenwell for her work as composer and Artistic Director of Green Room Music
Claire Edwardes for performance, advocacy and artistic leadership
Peter Knight for sustained contribution through composition, performance and leadership
Ros Dunlop for her sustained contribution to Australian music for over 30 years
Award for Excellence in Music Education
Artology for the Fanfare Competition
Australian Art Orchestra for the Creative Music Intensive residency project
Queensland Music Festival for the Cape York Instrumental Program
SCEGGS Darlinghurst for the Compose 120 Projects
Award for Excellence in a Regional Area
Moorambilla Voices for the Moorambilla Voices 2015 Tenth Anniversary Season
Queensland Music Festival for 'Under This Sky', a large-scale production in the community of Logan
TURA New Music for the 2015 Reflection Tour to regional, remote and very remote Australia
Tyalgum Music Festival for the 2015 Tyalgum Music Festival
Award for Excellence in Experimental Music
Clan Analogue for Intone: Voice Abstractions
Decibel for 'After Julia' program
Leah Barclay for WIRA River Listening
Speak Percussion for 2015 Music Program
Award for Excellence in Jazz
Alister Spence Trio for CD recording Alister Spence Trio: Live
Australian Jazz Real Book for the Australian Jazz Real Book
Mark Isaacs for sustained contribution over four decades and 2015 Queensland Regional Tour
WA Youth Jazz Orchestra for an outstanding 2015 annual program
About the Awards
The yearly Art Music Awards are presented 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. There are 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 from current AMC or APRA members - also, industry organisations and companies such as educational institutions, broadcasters, retail outlets, recording studios, and promoters are able to nominate.
> For more information, see the 2016 Art Music Awards Rules & Guidelines.
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 or choral; 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.
For each State or Territory, one Award is given from one of the following categories: Work of the Year (orchestral; instrumental; vocal or choral; 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).