Prize & Awards

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Melbourne Prize for Music

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.

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Outstanding Musicians Award

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.

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Beleura Award for Composition

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.

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Development Award

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.

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Distinguished Musicians Fellowship

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

Civic Choice Award

Civic Choice Award 2016

$4,000 cash

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.

Key Dates

Entries Open

25 May 2016

Entries Close

11 July 2016 at 5pm

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