Melbourne Prize for Music 2019


Supported by principal patron The Vera Moore Foundation

The NEW Melbourne Prize for Music 2019 will this year be awarded to an outstanding Victorian musician or group whose work demonstrates outstanding musicianship, skill and creativity. ALL music genres are eligible for this Prize.

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Distinguished Musicians Fellowship 2019


Supported by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne / ADD LOGO

The Fellowship will provide the recipient with a commercial engagement with the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) to the value of $20,000 and will be flexible and valid for a twelve month period. ALL music genres are eligible for this Award.

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Development Award 2019


Consisting of $10,000 cash + $6,000 RRP Yamaha Music Australia grant + $2,500 Qantas airfare voucher

The cash component is supported by Dr Alastair Jackson AM. The Yamaha gear is to the value of $6,000 RRP and supported by Yamaha Music Australia Pty Ltd and the $2,500 is for travel on Qantas. / ADD LOGOS

The Development Award 2019 will be awarded to an early career musician or group of musicians who demonstrate outstanding musical talent and the potential to develop their professional career. ALL music genres are eligible for this Award.

Beleura Emerging Composers Award 2019


Supported by The Tallis Foundation in memory of John Tallis (1911-1996). / ADD LOGO

The Beleura Award for Composition 2019 is for an emerging Victorian composer to commission work to develop their career. All genres of composer can enter the Award.

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’s house on the Mornington Peninsula, gifted by him to the people of Victoria, which is now a house museum. Visit

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Civic Choice Award 2019


Voting will commence from the announcement of finalists on 4 September 2019 to the close of the Federation Square exhibition on 25 November 2019.  Voting will online using the voting form, which will be available at on 4 September 2019. The Civic Choice Award 2019 will be awarded to the finalist with the highest number of public votes.

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

A public exhibition of finalists in the Melbourne Prize for Music 2019, the Beleura Emerging Composers Award 2019, the Outstanding Musicians Fellowship 2019 and the Development Award 2019 will be held at Federation Square between 11 and 25 November 2019.

The announcement of the Civic Choice Award 2019 winner will be made on 29 November 2019 at and on the Trust’s Facebook page.


Kate Miller-Heidke

Singer/song writer

Helen Marcou

Co-founder Bakehouse Studios and SLAM

Melissa King

Artistic Director / Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Liza Lim


Professor Paul Grabowsky AO

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

Kutcha Edwards

Singer/song writer