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10 March 2020

Australia Council Don Banks Music Award to Deborah Conway

Deborah Conway at the 2019 Live Music Awards Image: Deborah Conway at the 2019 Live Music Awards  

Deborah Conway AM has been announced as the recipient of the 2020 Australia Council Don Banks Music Award.

A significant contributor to the Australian music scene for over 30 years, and an important role model for young women and a mentor to emerging artists, Deborah Conway's career began in the early 1980s. That's when she co-founded the independent post punk band Do Re Mi - by 1988, Rolling Stone had named her as Australian Singer of the Year.

She launched her own record label Intercorps in 2004 alongside long-time collaborator Willy Zeigler. This label launched a series of innovative models of audience engagement.

In her role as the Artistic Director for the Queensland Music Festival, she commissioned 20 new works and presented over 300 musical events to more than 350,000 people throughout Queensland.

Her song 'Alive and Brilliant' was inducted into the National Film & Sound Archive Hall of Fame in 2016.

> A full list of recipients of Australia Council Awards in music, literature, community arts and cultural development, emerging and experimental arts, visual arts, theatre, and dance is available on the Australia Council for the Arts website

> Deborah Conway's website (http://www.deborahconway.com/)

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