9 June 2016
Victorian residents making music across all genres are invited to submit their entries for the Melbourne Prize for Music 2016.
Featuring a prize pool of over $130,000, the prize and associated awards recognise artistic excellence across six categories:
Melbourne Prize for Music 2016
Recognising outstanding contribution to Australian music and enrichment of cultural and public life.
Outstanding Musicians Award 2016
$30,000 + $2,500 (including GST) Qantas voucher
Recognising recent work that demonstrates an outstanding example of creativity and skill.
Beleura Award for Composition 2016
$25,000 (new category)
Recognising a composition of outstanding musicianship, skill and creativity.
Development Award 2016
$16,000 – comprising $10,000 cash + $6,000 Yamaha Music Australia grant
Recognising a musician or group of musicians aged 30 and under who show promise in developing their professional career as well as exceptional musical talent.
Distinguished Musicians Fellowship 2016
Valued at $20,000 (new category)
Awarded to a winner or finalist across the above four categories.
Civic Choice Award 2016
Awarded by the public with voting taking place between 6 September and 21 November 2016.
The Melbourne Prize for Music is administered by the Melbourne Prize Trust. The trust operates the prize on a three-year cycle, taking turns to recognise the outstanding talents of sculptors, writers and musicians.
With musical talent celebrated in 2016, the trust will award the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture in 2017 and the Melbourne Prize for Literature in 2018.
Funding for the Melbourne Prize is raised through partnerships and patron donations, with roughly $1 million awarded to Victorian artists since the prize began in 2005.
Entries for the Melbourne Prize for Music close at 5pm on 11 July 2016.