Welcome

A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MELBOURNE PRIZE TRUST

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which the Melbourne Prize Trust operates, the People of the Kulin Nation, and pay our respects to the elders, past, present and future.

Thank you for your interest in the Melbourne Prize for Music 2022 & Awards – entries are now closed. The three categories offered this year provide Victorian musicians with opportunities to benefit their careers.

Finalists in the $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Music 2022 will be announced on this website on September 7, when public voting for the $2,000 Civic Choice Award will open.

The winners of the Melbourne Prize for Music 2022, the $20,000 Beleura Emerging Composers Award 2022 and the $10,000 (+ $1,000 Qantas voucher) Professional Development Award 2022 will be announced on this website on November 9.

Now in its 18th year, the annual Melbourne Prize continues its objective to provide opportunities to Victorian writers, musicians and sculptors and to demonstrate the importance of recognising and rewarding creative talent.

We have had a record response this year and I would like to thank all those who entered and the music sector, one and all, for their interest and support.

Simon Warrender
Executive Director & Founder
Melbourne Prize Trust

Supporting Victorian sculptors, writers and musicians since 2005

Announcements

ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED – please refer to Key Dates below.

  • Click here for the Key Dates
  • Click here for the 2022 Judges

Thank you to all entrants and to the music sector, one and all, for the interest and support the Prize has received this year.

Visit the Melbourne Prize Trust for information on the annual Melbourne Prize 2005 – 2021.

Thank You

This year’s program is made possible by the generous support of our 2022 partners and patrons – please click here.

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ABOUT THE 2022 DESIGN BY PLAYGROUND

Playground studios are a leading Melbourne-based design studio. As the Foundation Creative Partner of the annual Melbourne Prize, the studio develops the identity each year for music, literature and (urban) sculpture.

This year’s Melbourne Prize design is inspired by the poetry, science and sensorial experience of music, and by interpretations of music through shape, form and colour. The concept began with a chromatic circle or pitch constellation – a graphic representation of pitches used to describe musical scales, modes, chords or other groupings of pitches within an octave range. We then explored the relationship between a pitch constellation and chromesthesia – a type of synesthesia in which sound involuntarily evokes an experience of colour, shape and movement. Music experienced in colour.

Finally, we examined music’s characteristics and explored how notes, volume, tempo, emotion and amplitude could be represented in an energetic, near-cosmic way: interpreting, absorbing and feeling music through multiple senses.

WEBSITE BY THE MIGHTY WONTON

The Mighty Wonton are Founding Partners of the annual Melbourne Prize and have been with the organisation since inception. The company develop and manage IT for the Melbourne Prize and together with Playground, design and manage the website.

Key Dates

ENTRIES OPEN
23 May 2022

ENTRIES CLOSE
11 July 2022—5pm sharp

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED / VOTING OPENS IN CIVIC CHOICE AWARD 2022 
7 September 2022 at melbourneprize.org

WINNERS ANNOUNCED /
FINALIST CATALOGUE RELEASED

9 November 2022 at melbourneprize.org

CIVIC CHOICE AWARD 2022 CLOSES 
9 November 2022 at 5pm

CIVIC CHOICE AWARD 2022 WINNER ANNOUNCED 
11 November 2022 at melbourneprize.org

Partners & Patrons

Thank you to our 2022 partners and patrons.