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Art Music Awards

An outstanding group of individuals and organisations have been announced as winners of the 2015 Art Music Awards at a ceremony held at Sydney's City Recital Hall on Tuesday evening 11 August 2015. The yearly gala event, organised by the Australian Music Centre and APRA AMCOS, celebrated the achievement and creative success of composers, performers and practitioners in the genres of contemporary art music, jazz and experimental music.

> Read a news article about the 2015 winners (Resonate 11 August 2015)
> See also: 2015 Art Music Award finalists (Resonate 20 July 2015)


2015 Art Music Awards - winners

Distinguished Service to Australian Music: Larry Sitsky (more about this announcement on Resonate 4 August 2015)

Performance of the Year: Ashley William Smith soloist, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Baldur Brönnimann conductor for the performances of Lachlan Skipworth's Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra

Work of the Year: Vocal/ChoralThe Riders, composed by Iain Grandage, libretto by Alison Croggon, based on the novel by Tim Winton, performed by Victorian Opera

Jazz Work of the YearMusic for Average Photography, composed by Mace Francis, performed by Mace Francis Orchestra

Instrumental Work of the YearThe Secret Noise composed by Damien Ricketson, performed by Ensemble Offspring

Orchestral Work of the YearDramatis Personae - Music for Trumpet and Orchestra composed by Brett Dean, performed by Håkan Hardenberger, soloist, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Brett Dean conductor (publishers: Hal Leonard/Boosey & Hawkes Group obo Bote Bock Der Boosey Hawkes Bote Bock Gm)

Award for Excellence by an Organisation: Gondwana Choirs for the 2014 artistic program, and significant contribution to Australian music since 1989

Award for Excellence by an Individual: Ross Edwards for his contribution to Australian chamber music

Award for Excellence in Music Education: Lorraine Milne for sustained contribution to music education

Award for Excellence in a Regional Area: New England Conservatorium of Music for New England Sings!

Award for Excellence in Experimental Music: Richard Johnson for the SoundOut Festival of Experimental and Improvised Music

Award for Excellence in Jazz: Julien Wilson for recording and touring associated with the establishment of Lionsharecords


2015 State Awards

ACT
In the category of Excellence in Experimental Music: Richard Johnson, for SoundOut Festival of Experimental and Improvised Music

New South Wales

In the category of Excellence in Music Education: Moorambilla Voices, for education work in North West NSW

Queensland
In the category in Excellence in Music Education: Topology, for Top Up music education program

South Australia
In the category of Excellence by an Organisation: Adelaide Festival, for 2014 Tectonics Adelaide

Victoria
In the category of Excellence by an Organisation: Speak Percussion, for 2014 international touring

Western Australia
In the category of Excellence in a Regional Area: West Australian Symphony Orchestra, for WASO on the Road Touring, and Onslow Kids Music Education (OK Me!) in West Pilbara

> Performers and presenters at the 2015 Art Music Awards ceremony.


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. (For more information, see the 2015 Art Music Awards Rules & Guidelines.)


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).