Melbourne Prize for Music 2016

1. Read the Entry Guidelines
2. Complete an online entry

To enter the Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 and Awards please go to and follow instructions to submit your entry.

Before completing the online entry form, please read the Entry Guidelines carefully.

Please note the online entry form must be completed and submitted at the same time. A copy of your entry and entry fee payment receipt will be emailed to you after your entry has been submitted.

Please contact the Melbourne Prize Trust on (03) 9696 4410 if you require any assistance with the online entry form or entry process.

Please note the following key points when entering:

/ Please refer to the Judging and Eligibility information in the Entry Guidelines before completing the online entry form.

/ You can enter one or all of the following four (4) categories:
Melbourne Prize for Music 2016
Beleura Award for Composition 2016
Distinguished Musicians Award 2016
Development Award 2016

/ The entry material required for each entered category, plus the $45 (incl. GST) entry fee, will be required on the online entry form.

/ Entry fee payment is via PayPal – please refer to the online entry form. Payment by credit card can be made on the PayPal website. If this payment method is not possible, please contact the Melbourne Prize Trust.

/ If you wish to be considered for the Distinguished Musicians Fellowship 2016, please refer to the tick box section on the online entry form. This category does NOT require an entry or a fee.

/ Entries can be made by nomination.

/ The online entry form requires all entrants or nominators to complete the Declaration.

/ The entry material required for each entered category will be requested in the online entry form.

/ The online entry form will close at 5pm on 11 July 2016. Late entries will NOT be accepted.

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Prize & Awards summary

Melbourne Prize for
Music 2016


The Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 will be awarded to a Victorian musician, or group, whose work has made an outstanding contribution to Australian music and has enriched cultural and public life.

ALL music genres are eligible for this Prize.

Supported by The Vera Moore Foundation

Vera Moore Foundation


Outstanding Musicians
Award 2016

$30,000 + $2,500 (including GST) Qantas voucher

The Outstanding Musicians Award 2016 will be awarded to a Victorian musician, or group for recent work representing an outstanding example of creativity and skill.

ALL music genres are eligible for this Award.

Supported by The Melbourne Prize Trust

Melbourne Prize Trust

Beleura Award for Composition 2016

$25,000 (New category)

The Beleura Award for Composition 2016 is for a composition of outstanding musicianship, skill and creativity.

All genres of composition are eligible.

John Tallis, son of theatre entrepreneur Sir George and Lady Tallis, was a renowned composer and studied at London’s Royal College of Music and in Paris. His lifetime passion for providing opportunities for musicians and love of music is enshrined in this new Award for Victorian composers across all genres. Beleura was John Tallis's house on the Mornington Peninsula, gifted by him to the people of Victoria, which is now a house museum.

Supported by The Tallis Foundation in memory of John Tallis (1911-1996)

The Tallis Foundation


Development Award 2016

$16,000 – comprising $10,000 cash + $6,000 Yamaha Music Australia grant

The Development Award 2016 will be awarded to an early career musician or group of musicians, 30 years of age and under, who demonstrate outstanding musical talent and the potential to develop their professional career.

ALL music genres are eligible for this Award.

The cash component is supported by The William Buckland Foundation. The music instrument and equipment grant is supported by Yamaha Music Australia Pty Ltd.

The William Buckland Foundation Yamaha

Distinguished Musicians Fellowship 2016

Valued at $20,000
(New category)

The Fellowship will provide the winner with a commercial engagement with the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) to the value of $20,000.

The Fellowship will be flexible, valid for a twelve month period, and provide the recipient with, for example, the opportunity to engage with the VCA and MCM (e.g. teach, lecture or hold concerts) commensurate to the value of the Fellowship.

The recipient will be selected by the 2016 Judges from the winners and finalists of the four main categories.

Supported by the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

Melbourne University and VCA

Civic Choice Award 2016

$4,000 cash

A public exhibition of finalists in the Melbourne Prize for Music 2016, the Outstanding Musicians Award 2016, the Beleura Award for Composition 2016, the Outstanding Musicians Fellowship 2016 and the Development Award 2016 will be held at Federation Square between 7 and 21 November 2016.

The public can cast their vote for a finalist in each category to win this Award – voting commences on this website on September 6th and will close at 5pm on November 21st.

Voters will go into the running to win a luxury overnight stay at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins, Melbourne’s Hotel for the Arts.

Supported by Readings



Key Dates
Entries Open
25 May 2016

Entries Close
11 July 2016 at 5pm

All announcements will be made at
Finalists Announced
6 September 2016

Public exhibition at Federation Square
7 to 21 November 2016
Winners Announced
9 November 2016

Civic Choice Award 2015 Announcement
25 November 2016
2016 Judges
Paul Grabowsky

Professor Paul Grabowsky AO

Pianist, Composer, Conductor, Director, Monash Academy of Performing Arts

Genevieve Lacey

Genevieve Lacey

Recorder Virtuoso, Artistic Director, Collaborator
Photo courtesy of Monty Coles
Marshall McGuire

Marshall McGuire

Harpist, Director of Artistic Planning, Melbourne Recital Centre
Photo courtesy of Steven Godbee

Patrick Donovan

Patrick Donovan

CEO Music Victoria Chair Australian Music Industry Network
Helen Marcou

Helen Marcou

Co-founder Bakehouse Studios and SLAM

Ronald Vermeulen

Ronald Vermeulen

Director of Artistic Planning Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

"We look forward to providing opportunities for Victorian musicians this year across all career stages and all music genres"
Past Winners
Brett Dean

Brett Dean

Melbourne Prize
for Music 2013
Classical Composer / Conductor
Photo courtesy of Robert Piccoli

David Jones

David Jones

Melbourne Prize
for Music 2010
Drummer / Percussionist
Photo courtesy of Mandy Hall Media

Paul Grabowsky

Paul Grabowsky

Melbourne Prize
for Music 2007
Pianist / Composer / Conductor

Click here for the annual Melbourne
Prize Alumni 2005 to 2015.
Stephen Magnusson

Stephen Magnusson

Outstanding Musician
Award 2013
Photo courtesy of the artist

Ben Northey

Ben Northey

Outstanding Musician
Award 2010
Photo courtesy of Ross Calia

Genevieve Lacey

Genevieve Lacey

Outstanding Musician
Award 2007
Recorder virtuoso
Photo courtesy of Monty Coles
Kate Kelsey-Sugg

Kate Kelsey-Sugg

Development Award 2013
Pianist / Vocalist / Saxophonist / Composer
Photo courtesy of Hayley Van Handley

Natalie Bartsch

Natalie Bartsch

Development Award 2010
Pianist / Composer
Photo courtesy of Hannah Dingli

Julian Langdon

Julian Langdon

Development Award 2007
Partners and Patrons
Thank you to our 2016 partners and patrons
Partners and Patrons

The Melbourne Prize Trust and annual Melbourne Prize

Launched in 2004, the Melbourne Prize Trust recongises and rewards excellence and talent, inspires creative development and enriches public life. The Trust achieves these aims by running the annual Melbourne Prize, which is funded by a collaboration of partnerships and patrons.

To date, approximately $1 million has been made available to Victorian artists via the annual Melbourne Prize, plus exhibitions, residencies and international travel. The Trust is an Income Exempt Charity with Deductible Gift Recipient status.

The annual Melbourne Prize is one of the most valuable creative development initiatives of its kind in Australia. It runs on a three-year cycle and rewards sculptors, writers and musicians in turn.

The current cycle is:
/ Melbourne Prize for Music (2016)

/ Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture (2017)

/ Melbourne Prize for Literature (2018)

The annual Melbourne Prize is unique, celebrating artistic excellence under the banner of Melbourne.

The major event of the annual Melbourne Prize is the free two-week public exhibition of finalists work and the prize announcement held each November at Federation Square. The public has the ability to vote for a finalist to win the Civic Choice Award. The exhibition increases the public’s exposure and access to the creativity of our community and enhances Melbourne’s reputation as a cultural capital.

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The Melbourne Prize Trust was established as an Income Tax Exempt Charity and Deductible Gift Recipient in 2004 and commenced the annual Melbourne Prize in 2005.

The founder of the Trust, Simon Warrender, announced the annual Melbourne Prize, following the unveiling of his project being the commissioning of The Magic Pudding sculpture, as a centerpiece of a new children’s garden precinct in Melbourne’s CBD.

The prize is established to provide opportunities for artists and recognise and reward excellence and talent, inspire creative development and enrich public life.

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The first three year cycle of the annual Melbourne Prize commenced with the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2005. The Trust funds the annual Melbourne Prize through cross-sector partnerships from the government and private sectors, and private patrons. The annual Melbourne Prize is open to Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents and residents of the State of Victoria. The home of the annual Melbourne Prize is Federation Square, where an exhibition of finalists, according to each cycle, is held each November. All recipients are announced on this website.

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Dr Janine Kirk AM
Simon H Warrender
Executive Director, Founder and Secretary
Professor Andrea Hull AO
Pamela M Warrender OAM
David Laidlaw

Management Committee
Dr Janine Kirk AM
Chief Executive – The Prince’s Charities Australia
Anthony Poynton
Partner, Minter Ellison Lawyers
Simon H Warrender
Executive Director and Founder, Melbourne Prize Limited

Sarah Kempson
Administration co-ordinator

Grant Thornton

Simon Warrender
Simon, as a Bachelor of Business and Grad. Dip. in Applied Science, has extensive experience in the financial and aviation sectors and is the founder and Executive Director of the Melbourne Prize Trust. He has established a number of public benefit projects.

Dr Janine Kirk AM
Janine has over 30 years of senior management experience in both the private and public sectors. Over the last decade Janine has been a Ministerial appointee to an extensive range of State Government Committees, Councils and Boards in sectors as diverse as industry, marketing & branding, innovation, tourism and events, community development, infrastructure, finance, education, drug prevention, international trade and urban planning.

Professor Andrea Hull AO
Professor Andrea Hull AO has had a distinguished career in the arts, cultural policy, and arts education in Chief Executive and Board advisory roles in Federal and State Government, and in education. Andrea has served on a wide variety of Federal and State Boards covering cultural, health promotion, cultural and public diplomacy, urban renewal and design, tourism, and innovation agendas.

Pamela M Warrender OAM
Pamela has had extensive experience in the arts and cultural sector over many decades and played a foundation role in the Australian modern arts movement. Pamela is the founder of the Committee for Melbourne and a published author.

David Laidlaw
David Laidlaw is a litigation partner and former CEO with a leading Australian law firm. David has served on a number arts company boards and was instrumental in fostering his law firm’s support of Australian artists, including its sponsorship of artists selected to represent Australia at the Venice Biennales. He was also responsible for the establishment of his firm major art prize.
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