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Art Music Awards

2020 Art Music Awards

About the Awards

Nominations for the 2020 Art Music Awards have closed. If you or your work has been nominated, you'll be contacted by email for further information to support the nomination - you'll also have a say about the category in the event that the nomination fits in multiple categories.

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. In 2020, we'll see some significant changes to the nomination process and the categories of Art Music Awards.

In 2020, there are a number of changes in the categories and the nomination process of the Art Music Awards. We have broader categories for Work of the Year, a stronger multi-genre approach to Performance of the Year and Excellence categories, and we have also introduced new sustained contribution 'Luminary' Awards on both national and state levels. The nomination process has been simplified, and as a result the nomination period will be significantly shorter in 2020. Self-nomination is not possible in any category. Read an article about the changes, written by the APRA AMCOS Art Music Specialist Cameron Lam.

> 2020 guidelines



Please read the full guidelines for the 2020 Art Music Awards.

Nominations are accepted for works and activities in the 2019 calendar year.

A number of changes have been made to the categories and the nominations process in 2020. The number of Work of Year categories has expanded to give a dedicated space for electronic works (under Electroacoustic/Sound Art), and to works for the theatre such as opera, music theatre, and ballet (under the Dramatic category). Vocal, instrumental and orchestral works will now be assessed based on number of forces with 1 to 12 players defined as Chamber Music, and larger works as Large Ensemble. Works for choir will remain as a separate category (Choral). In the case of multiple options/nominations, the composer will elect in which category the work will be considered.

Performance of the Year expands to two categories, noting the difference in realising a composer's intent (Performance of the Year: Notated Composition) and devising and creating new content (Performance of the Year: Jazz / Improvised Music). The Awards for Excellence (Music EducationRegional and Experimental Music) remain structurally the same, but with an increased focus on inclusivity - these categories are for our jazz and experimental communities as well as our classical community and we welcome diverse nominations.

The Awards for Excellence by an Individual, Organisation and the State Awards are being combined into a new group of awards: the Luminary Awards. The Luminary Awards seek to honour individuals and organisations for their sustained contribution (demonstrated over a period of the last 3-5 years). The Awards will be presented on state level (State Awards) and nationally in the categories of National (Individual) and National (Organisation). Unlike in previous years, State Awards will be specifically nominated for, focusing on the nominee's contribution to their local community. 

Nominations are accepted from AMC members (you can join here) and APRA AMCOS members (Composer, Author or Publisher member). Nominators can only nominate once for each award category each year, and self-nomination is not possible in any category. The online nomination process has been simplified: in addition to essential details regarding the category, nominee etc., a short paragraph detailing the reasons for nomination is all that is required.

> Read a longer article about the changes introduced in 2020, written by the APRA AMCOS Art Music Specialist Cameron Lam.