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The latest news articles discussing Australia's new music scene - you can also browse our archive of all news articles.

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2021 Art Music Awards - what the judges said

2021 Art Music Awards - what the judges said

We are extremely pleased to be able to bring you a summary of the deliberations and the hard work by the 2021 Art Music Awards judging panels. Read on to find out what they said about the wonderful finalists and winners across all categories. For the winners' announcement, see this article on Resonate (9 September).

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2021 Art Music Awards: winners!

2021 Art Music Awards: winners!

The winners of the 2021 Art Music Awards have been announced today, and include some of Australia's finest established and emerging artists excelling in their fields, and with women composers, experimentalists, sound artists and improvisers leading the way.

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2021 Freedman Jazz Fellowship: finalists

2021 Freedman Jazz Fellowship: finalists

The Music Trust’s Freedman Jazz Fellowship finalists for 2021 have been announced. The shortlist consists of saxophonist Flora Carbo (Victoria), bassist Joseph Franklin (Victoria), guitarist Hilary Geddes (NSW) and drummer-percussionist Maria Moles (Tasmania). 

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Art Music Awards - winners to be revealed 9 September

Art Music Awards - winners to be revealed 9 September

After many postponements and delays, we have a date! The winners of the 2021 Art Music Awards will finally be revealed on Thursday 9 September. This will not take the form of an hour-long virtual ceremony as we'd hoped - with lockdowns hindering all our plans to prerecord the event, we're instead coming to you early in the day with a series of video vignettes accompanied by an official press release. Watch this space, the website, and the AMC's and APRA AMCOS's social media feeds on the day.

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2022 Australia Council Awards - nominations are open

2022 Australia Council Awards - nominations are open

Nominations are now open for the 2022 Australia Council Awards, including the Don Banks Music Award, named in honour of Don Banks, a composer, performer and the first Chair of the Music Board. The Award acknowledges the achievements of a distinguished artist who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to music in Australia. The recipient of this award will receive $25,000. Nominations deadline is at 3pm AEDT on Tuesday 26 October 2021.

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Service Update 31 August 2021

Service Update 31 August 2021

The AMC's operations have been modified to allow for our staff to work remotely due to COVID-19 related restrictions in the Greater Sydney area.

Our office at the APRA AMCOS building in Sydney will be closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 epidemic, and all business will operate via email and through the website. The AMC's staff will continue to be there to serve you and answer your questions.

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Ian Shanahan (1962-2021)

Ian Shanahan (1962-2021)

Composer and recorder player Ian Shanahan has died in Sydney's Westmead Hospital on 27 August at the age of 59, after a long illness.

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Two Australian composers break through at Lucerne Festival

Two Australian composers break through at Lucerne Festival

Two emerging Australian composers, Kirsten Milenko and Alex Vaughan, have their big break, this week, at the prestigious Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, with their new orchestral works premiered by the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra on Sunday.

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Opportunity: 2021 Albert H Maggs Composition Award

Opportunity: 2021 Albert H Maggs Composition Award

The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music invites submissions for the 2021 Albert H Maggs Composition Award. This Award is provided as a commission for Australian composers for the creation of a musical work of a substantial nature. The value of the award is $15,000, comprising $11,000 for the commission and a performance subsidy of up to $4,000.

Applications for this scholarship close on Sunday 17 October 2021.

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COVID-19 resources: financial support

COVID-19 resources: financial support

With most of Australia's population currently in lockdown, and the rest of it affected by COVID-19 related restrictions, we've put together this summary of financial support available from the Federal Government COVID-19 as well as state governments. Please follow the links for details and to apply.

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Classical:NEXT 2021 cancelled - 2022 event to take place in Germany

Classical:NEXT 2021 cancelled - 2022 event to take place in Germany

The 2021 Classical:NEXT industry event in Rotterdam is not going ahead in September, after the government of the Netherlands extended the COVID-19 measures currently in place in the country.

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UKARIA residencies to Fiona Hill and Paul Castles

UKARIA residencies to Fiona Hill and Paul Castles

Composers Fiona Hill and Paul Castles have been announced as the latest recipients of residencies offered by the Australia Council for the Arts in partnership with the UKARIA Cultural Centre in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. 

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2021 Art Music Awards postponed

2021 Art Music Awards postponed

It is with regret that we advise that due to the recent extension of Melbourne's lockdown we are unable to film segments for the 2021 Art Music Awards in time for the original broadcast date of Tuesday 24 August. We are actively working to reschedule filming in early September. Once we have a new filming date, we will be in touch with further updates regarding date and time for the virtual 2021 Art Music Awards, to be broadcast via the APRA AMCOS YouTube Channel.

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ISCM World New Music Days, China: Nicole Murphy's work selected

ISCM World New Music Days, China: Nicole Murphy's work selected

The official program for the ISCM World New Music Days in Shanghai and Nanning, China, has been announced. One work from the selection submitted by the Australian section, Nicole Murphy's Surfacing (2018) for chamber ensemble,  will be heard as part of the event.

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Australian arts industry bodies: give us a UK-style insurance scheme

Australian arts industry bodies: give us a UK-style insurance scheme

Live music and entertainment industry bodies APRA AMCOS, ARIA, PPCA, Live Performance Australia, Live Entertainment Industry Forum and the Australian Festival Association have called for the adoption of a government-backed insurance scheme, designed to provide certainty for the Australian live music and entertainment sector, in line with an announcement from the UK Government yesterday. 

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