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.

The Trust is delighted to offer the Melbourne Prize for Music 2022 & Awards.

This year’s program has been made possible through the generous and ongoing support from our partners, who are acknowledged below.

The three categories offered this year providing Victorian musicians with opportunities to benefit their careers and are importantly open to musicians and groups (composers and performers) across all music genres.

The line up this year includes the $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Music 2022, the $20,000 Beleura Emerging Composers Award 2022, the $10,000 (+ $1,000 Qantas voucher) Professional Development Award 2022 and the $2,000 Civic Choice Award 2022.

The online Entry Form can be accessed from this website (see Announcements), along with key dates and information on the judges and prizes.

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.

Thank you for visiting our website.

Simon Warrender
Executive Director & Founder
Melbourne Prize Trust

Supporting Victorian sculptors, writers and musicians since 2005.

Announcements

ENTRIES NOW OPEN – entries close July 11, 5pm sharp
Click here to go to the Entry Form 

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.