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.
The MOMENTUM Commissions provide opportunities for creativity and career sustainability across the art music, jazz, experimental music, and sound art spheres with the generous support of private philanthropists. A new round of commissions has been announced, to be awarded to two composers for the creation of new works for small ensemble and voice. Read more.
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.
> Read more.
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. Entries for the 2022 Paul Lowin Prizes are now open.
> Find out more.
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.
> Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address for 2021 was presented as a virtual panel event on 4 November .
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.
Echo is an online learning platform developed by the AMC, offering new perspectives through our 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 800+ Represented and Associate artists.
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.
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.
The Australian Music Centre publishes a range of sheet music, books, education kits and recordings.
Peggy Glanville-Hicks Commissions • AMPlify - Art Music Plus • Digitisation Project 2013-2015 • Australian Composer Polaroid Project • Australian Music Centre: the first 40+ years - a historical timeline • MODART • Trans-Tasman Composer Exchange Program • Copying of Parts • Australian Composers Orchestral Forum (ACOF) • Composers_Connecting_Community • Performing Australian Music Competition (PAMC) • Keys - A National Festival for Australian Music