2018 Art Music Awards Announced

Thursday, 28 Jun 2018

Celebrating achievements in Australian contemporary classical, jazz and experimental music

APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre will present the 2018 Art Music Awards at a gala event on Tuesday 21 August at the Plaza Ballroom, Melbourne.

The annual Art Music Awards, now in its 8th year, recognise achievement in the composition, performance, education and presentation of Australian art music, which covers activity across contemporary classical music, contemporary jazz and improvised music, experimental music and sound art.

Dean Ormston, incoming APRA AMCOS Chief Executive, said the Awards are a tribute to the outstanding efforts of individuals and organisations who continue to champion Australian art music in diverse contexts, both in Australia and internationally.

 “The Art Music Awards honour the innovative and inspiring work of the many composers, creators, educators and organisations that are making a difference in Australia and beyond. Along with APRA AMCOS’s presenting partner, the Australian Music Centre, we are looking forward to an evening that acknowledges such a vital and trailblazing music community.”

Finalists for the 2018 Art Music Awards will be announced on Tuesday 17 July. Awards will be presented in 11 National categories, along with an award for each Australian state or territory, selected from one of the national categories. The APRA Board of Directors will also award the award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music. Previous recipients of this honour include Richard Gill OAM, George Dreyfus AM, Helen Gifford OAM and the late composer Peter Sculthorpe.

The 2018 Art Music Awards evening will once again feature a live performance program curated by renowned Australian pianist and passionate exponent of contemporary music Gabriella Smart. Multi-talented actor, director, and entertainer Jonathan Biggins will host the event.


  • Orchestral Work of the Year
  • Instrumental Work of the Year
  • Vocal / Choral Work of the Year
  • Jazz Work of the Year
  • Performance of the Year
  • Award for Excellence by an Organisation
  • Award for Excellence by an Individual
  • 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)

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