THE AMPS have announced their shortlisted artists who will now be in the running to win $30, 000. The AMP awards recognise Australian artists who have produced high quality albums with outstanding creativity.
No matter which genre of music you worked in, artists from across the country were invited to submit their full length albums which was then judged by a panel of 42 artists. media and industry.
The PPCA will be combining with The AMP to present the forum Amped Up In Conversation, led by international guest host David Fricke from US Rolling Stone at 12pm on March 8.
The AMP shortlisted artists are:
BOY & BEAR
JACK LADDER & THE DREAMLANDERS
THE MIDDLE EAST
“I Want That You Are Always Happy”
“2011 was a big year for Australian artist album releases – The 7th Amp produced a long list twice as long as most of the previous prizes highlighting how many great albums were released in this country. It was tough on the judges – they had to spend their festive season listening to over 50 albums and making experienced judgments on each. It was tough to determine the top 9 of these and many artists – like The Panics, Oh Mercy and The Orbweavers – were very close to the final cut. Some of the other albums singled out by the judges were by: Skipping Girl Vinegar, Oscar & Martin, Ben Salter, Big Scary, Eagle & The Worm, Grace Woodroofe, Husky, Leader Cheetah, Phrase, Teeth & Tongue, Josh Pyke and Drapht. We congratulate all entrants for their efforts and especially the nine which are now shortlisted for The 7th Amp,” says The Australian Music Prize Director Scott B. Murphy.