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Australian Music Centre - projects and awards

The Australian Music Centre manages a range of projects in support of Australian music, ranging from new online initiatives to awards and artist development programs.
To find out more about our online learning platform Echo, the Art Music Awards, Paul Lowin Prizes, AMPlify artist development framework, other AMC projects and activities as well as APRA's Art Music Fund, please follow the links below. See also our historical timeline to find out more about the AMC's activities and services over 45 years.



Echo is a new online learning platform, developed by the AMC, offering new perspectives through the Centre's living collection of scores, recordings, education resources and aggregated media. Echo invites secondary school music teachers and students to access dynamic and interactive education resources. Explore a visual snapshot of Australia's evolving music ecosystem and discover the connections that shape art music (encompassing contemporary classical, contemporary jazz and improvised music, experimental music and sound art) in Australia today.

Echo has been launched as a 'beta' site with a limited set of content and functionality. At present, Echo offers users access to six digital kits and links to four physical kits and senior secondary school instrumental repertoire lists, all of which is contextualised by a subset of data generated from the AMC's database. This evolving database includes information about AMC's 700+ Represented and Associate artists.

> Explore Echo


MOMENTUM Commissions

The MOMENTUM Commissions are a new initiative intended to offer practical support to artists to be able to continue their creative work in these uncertain times. The first MOMENTUM Commission was announced in July 2020, with two more opportunities following in August and September. Winners of all three rounds of commissions have been announced - find out more.


Art Music Awards

The Art Music Awards (formerly the Classical Music Awards) are presented each year by APRA and the Australian Music Centre to recognise achievement in the composition, performance, education and presentation of Australian music.

> The 2021 Art Music Awards winners will be announced on 9 September.


Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address

Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address is an annual forum for ideas relating to the creation and performance of Australian music. Managed by New Music Network from 1999 until 2018, the annual Address is now presented by the Australian Music Centre.

> Two Peggy Glanville-Hicks Addresses were delivered online in 2020. Read more.


Peggy Glanville-Hicks Commissions

Australian Music Centre is commissioning 13 presentations in 2020 under the banner of the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address.

> 13 successful projects were announced in May-June 2020. Full details, and number of completed projects, can be viewed on the project page.


Ngarra-Burria - First Peoples Composers

Ngarra-Burria is a program that builds bridges for First Peoples musicians to step forward, further develop their composing skills, and connect with the art music sector. The program is delivered by a partnership between Moogahlin Performing Arts, the Australian Music Centre, ANU School of Music, and Ensemble Offspring, with funding support from APRA AMCOS, and in-kind support from EORA College of TAFE.

> Find out more about the program and participating artists.


Australian Jazz in Europe

Australian Jazz in Europe is a two-year market development project with funding provided by the Australia Council for the Arts. Realised by the Australian Music Centre in partnership with SOUNDS AUSTRALIA, the project creates opportunities for Australian jazz in Europe.

> Find out more about this project and related opportunities for artists.


Paul Lowin Prizes

Held every 2-3 years, the Paul Lowin Prizes - the Orchestral Prize ($25,000) and the Song Cycle Prize ($15,000) - are among Australia's richest prizes for music composition. The 2019 Paul Lowin Prize winners were announced on 22 October 2019 in Melbourne.


Art Music Fund

The Art Music Fund was initiated by APRA AMCOS in recognition of the limited opportunities for art music composers to have their works performed. This program is supported by the Australian Music Centre. For all details, please visit the APRA AMCOS website.

> Applications for the fifth round are now closed.


AMPlify - Art Music Plus

AMPlify is the AMC's new framework of artist development programs, being developed in close collaboration with APRA AMCOS, as well as other key partners. The second edition, AMPlify Indigenous Composer Initiative, was announced in September 2016, and the third, AMPLIFY GERMANY, in November 2016. Further details about individual programs and AMPlify partnerships will be released as programs proceed to a stage where expressions of interest can be sought from artists.



The Australian Music Centre publishes a range of sheet music, books, education kits and recordings.

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