The winners have been announced for the 2014 Art Music Awards, at an awards ceremony in Melbourne at the Plaza Ballroom on Tuesday 26th August.

Hosted by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre, the Art Music Awards celebrate the achievement and creative success of composers, performers and educators in the genres of contemporary art music, jazz and experimental music.

The winners are as follows:

Award for Excellence by an Organisation

Australian Art Orchestra for touring, community building, recording, creativity & leadership

Award for Excellence by an Individual

Catherine Crock for The Hush Collection, Volumes 1-13

Award for Excellence in Music Education

 Cathy Aggett for new Australian art songs for low voice

Award for Excellence in a Regional Area

Goulburn Regional Conservatorium for The Goulburn Oratorio

Award for Excellence in Experimental Music

Cat Hope for Drawn From Sound exhibition

Award for Excellence in Jazz

Alister Spence and Myra Melford for Everything Here Is Possible

Distinguished Services to Australian Music

Richard Gill


Queensland State Award

Performer:      Camerata of St John’s with Natalie Weir and Expressions Dance Company

Title:                 When Time Stops

Composer:      Iain Grandage

Category:         Performance Of The Year

Victorian State Award

Arts Centre Melbourne for 5x5x5

Category:         Excellence by an Organisation

West Australian State Award

Tura New Music for 2013 Program

Category:         Excellence by an Organisation

ACT State Award

Judith Clingan AM for “So Good A Thing” Festival, celebrating 50 Years of music making in Canberra

Category:         Excellence By An Individual

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MusicNSW, through support received by Arts NSW, is pleased to announce the 2014 Quick Response Grant Program round two is now open to support artists and artist managers in developing export opportunities whilst attending Australian industry conferences, trade fairs and other career defining opportunities in 2014.

Export growth has been identified as an area critical to the growth of the Australian contemporary music industry, and providing pathways for artists and artist managers to capitalise on the opportunities presented by a strong export market is the primary purpose of this funding program.

Artists and artist managers are invited to apply for one off funding of up to $850 per member of the touring party (artists and artist managers only) up to a limit of $5500. This funding is to support educational, networking and information sharing outcomes with a view to establishing a platform for artists to maximize career-defining opportunities presented domestically.

This program focuses on attendance at Australian conferences and trade fairs as a means to develop relationships in international markets prior to travelling overseas. It is also available to support career-defining opportunities that would otherwise be cost prohibitive to artists, which may consist of major support opportunities or other key showcase events such as EMC, Face The Music and AWME.

Submissions can only be made by artists (and/ or their managers) based in NSW (i.e. must have a registered business name and/or mailing address in NSW). All applicants must be Australian citizens or have permanent residence status in Australia.

August 11th, 2014 Face The Music / Electronic Music Conference September 12th , 2014 Late October


*Note: This is not an exhaustive list of eligible activities. Refer to the Eligible Activities section below and talk to MusicNSW staff to discuss other opportunities you may wish to apply for.

The successful applicants will be advised in writing by Minister for the Arts, The Hon. Troy Grant MP and ArtsNSW, and will then receive follow up communication from MusicNSW. Unsuccessful applicants will be contacted by MusicNSW directly.

All applications will be evaluated against the stated selection criteria and will be assessed by an assessment panel containing MusicNSW Board members and Industry representatives. All decisions will be final.

To apply or for more information on the 2014 Quick Response Grant Program, head here.

This grant is made possible by the support of Arts NSW.