ART MUSIC AWARDS CATEGORIES

The Art Music Awards consist of eleven annual awards, and up to ten luminary awards.

An additional award is presented at the discretion of the Board of Publisher and Writer Directors of APRA for Distinguished Services to Australian Music.

Work of the Year: Choral

Accompanied or unaccompanied works for massed voices (more than 1 singer per part).

Work of the Year: Chamber Music

Works for between 1 and 12 players, with or without vocal parts, and with or without electronics.

Work of the Year: Large Ensemble

Works for more than 12 players, with or without vocal parts, and with or without electronics. This may include works for orchestra, concert band, wind band, string orchestra.

Work of the Year: Dramatic

Music primarily intended for theatre and dance, such as opera, music theatre and ballet.

Work of the Year: Electroacoustic / Sound Art

Works which utilise and manipulate analogue and/or digital sound as the primary medium. This may include interdisciplinary work. It also includes, but is not limited to, electronics, noise music, environmental sound, installations, soundscapes and electroacoustic music.

Work of the Year: Jazz

Original Jazz works of any instrumentation, including improvisatory composition.

Performance of the Year: Notated Composition

For the performance of a single Australian work, showcasing the performer(s)’ success in revealing the nature and intention of the work.

Performance of the Year: Jazz / Improvised Music

For the performance of a single Australian work, showcasing the performer(s)’ success in improvisatory creation or collaboration. This may entail entirely improvised work or significant improvisatory input such as solo passages.

Award for Excellence in Music Education

For pedagogical, creative or professional development activities that champion Australian repertoire, including specific projects, recordings or recording projects, or events undertaken by an individual or organisation. 

Award for Excellence in a Regional Area

For work undertaken in a regional area, utilising Australian repertoire to create a positive impact for the local community.

Award for Excellence in Experimental Music

For works, people or events that interrogate, extend, or challenge standard artistic practice within the Australian repertoire.

Luminary Awards – National Awards (Individual)

The Luminary Awards seek to honour individuals who, through sustained contribution (demonstrated over a period 3-5 years prior), have impacted our community on a national scale through visionary leadership, fearless trailblazing, high-level artistic practice, and championing of Australian repertoire.No finalists are announced in the Luminary categories. Winners will be announced at the event.

Luminary Awards – National Awards (Organisation)

The Luminary Awards seek to honour organisations who through sustained contribution (demonstrated over a period 3-5 years prior), have impacted our community on a national scale through visionary leadership, fearless trailblazing, high-level artistic practice, and championing of Australian repertoire.No finalists are announced in the Luminary categories. Winners will be announced at the event.

Luminary Awards – State/Territory Awards

The Luminary Awards seek to honour individuals and organisations who through sustained contribution (demonstrated over a period 3-5 years prior), have impacted their communities on a State/territory level through visionary leadership, fearless trailblazing, and engagement with their Australian art music.  repertoire. No finalists are announced in the Luminary categories. Winners will be announced at the event.


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