Presented by APRA and the Australian Music Centre.
Nominations accepted for the 2012 calendar year.
1. Eleven national Awards will be given:
2. For each State or Territory, one Award will be given from one of the following categories:
An additional category is awarded at the discretion of the Board of Directors of APRA and AMC for:
The Awards will be in the form of a certificate or trophy suitably inscribed.
1. Nominations for the Work of the Year categories are accepted by APRA and AMC members as well as industry organisations and companies such as educational institutions, broadcasters, retail outlets, recording studios, promoters, etc.
The categories are Orchestral, Instruments, Vocal/Choral and Jazz:
a. The work must have been composed by an Australian citizen or by a composer who has permanent residence in Australia.
b. The work must have been performed publicly (i.e. by concert performance or broadcast) within the calendar year prior to the Award. If the work received its first performance in the year prior to the Award, it may have been completed at any time previously. If the work did not receive its first performance in the year prior to the Award it must have been completed in the three years prior to the year of the Award.
c. Orchestral: Works written for orchestra, symphony orchestra, with/without soloist, with/without electronics.
d. Instrumental: Works written for solo, duo, trio, small ensemble and chamber works, with/without electronics.
e. Vocal/Choral: Works written for vocal ensemble, soloist, choral works and dramatic works, with/without electronics.
f. Jazz: Works include contemporary jazz and improvised music styles.
2. For Performance of the Year nominations:
a. The performance must have taken place publicly in the calendar year prior to that of the Award.
b. The performance may have taken place anywhere in the world.
c. The performers need not be citizens or permanent residents of Australia.
d. The work must have been composed by an Australian citizen or by a composer with permanent residence in Australia.
e. There is no requirement on a year of composition or completion (heritage works are eligible).
f. Public broadcast is eligible as a public performance.
g. Nominations of performances of non score-based works are also encouraged.
3. The Award of Excellence categories are for the following:
Organisation, Individual, Music Education, Regional Area, Experimental Music and Jazz:
a. Recordings and recording projects are eligible for any of the Award for Excellence categories.
b. Awards are made for activities which took place in the calendar year prior to the year of the Award.
c. In the case of the Award for Excellence in a Regional Area, the nominee must be based in a town or city outside the state’s capital.
d. The awards categegories for Jazz and Experimental Music are for Australian works, people and/or events in the field of jazz, experimental, electronica, improvised music, sound installations, multimedia and sound art.
4. General considerations:
a. Submissions for awards nominations will be accepted online. Online application form is located at http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/awards/nomination
b. Nominations will be deemed ineligible if they are not accompanied by appropriate documentation (as outlined in D 2, 3, 4 and 5).
c. Nominations will be deemed ineligible if nominees do not grant permission for the nomination to be publicly acknowledged and a recording broadcast.
d. Individual submissions who are not a member of APRA or AMC and would like to submit a nomination please join by going to the website or by contacting APRA or AMC directly.
e. Nominations will also be accepted by third party organisations, these include music promoters, broadcasters, recording studios and record stores.
1. Compositions will be assessed as to their quality, on the basis of materials supplied with the nomination form. Consideration may be given in the assessment to: compositional craft, creativity or originality, and excellence or quality.
2. Performances will be assessed as to their quality and their achievement in revealing the nature and intention of the works, based on the materials supplied by the nominator. In assessing performances, no other criteria should apply.
1. Submissions will be accepted online. The online form is located at http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/ awards/nomination. Documentation (Word and PDF), scores (in PDF format), sound files (in MP3, AIFF and WAV file formats, please keep file size small) can be uploaded online along with the application form. Please submit DVDs by post directly to the Australian Music Centre.
2. Each nomination must be a separate online application. If a work is nominated in more than one category, separate online applications and supporting materials should be provided. For the Work of the Year and Performance of the Year categories only one nomination can be submitted in each category.
3. Each nomination must contain enough supporting material for judges to make an appropriate assessment. Materials to be submitted for nominations in each category are (please note audio cassettes or VHS tapes will not be accepted):
a. Works of the Year categories (we understand that it may be difficult to source this material although if you have access to any of the items listed below please submit along with your nomination):
b. Performance of the Year:
c. Award for Excellence by an Organisation and Award for Excellence by an Individual:
d. Award for Excellence in Music Education:
e. Award for Excellence in a Regional Area:
f. Award for Excellence in Experimental Music (for works, people or events):
g. Award for Excellence in Jazz (for works, people or events):
4. Supporting materials should represent the achievements of the nominee in the previous calendar year. These can include programs, flyers, DVDs or films, images of composers or individuals or from the project.
5. Materials submitted with nominations will remain the property of the Australian Music Centre unless otherwise arranged.
1. The State and Territory Awards will be decided by a State or Territory Committee.
2. The National Awards will be decided by National Committees.
3. On the basis of the recorded and written materials provided by the nominators, each member of each National Committee will submit rankings of the works/projects/ensembles nominated in each category which will be collated by the Chair to determine the winner in each category.
4. The combined National Committees will meet by telephone conference to ratify the outcomes. Should two nominations be placed equally as winners, the Committee will choose by one vote each. Should the vote be tied the Chair has the casting vote.
5. All Committees may reserve the right not to make an Award in any single or collective category.
6. Decisions reached by the National Awards Panel and the Committees from each State or Territory are final and no discussion regarding the result shall be entered into.
a. A National Award Panel will be appointed by the Board of the Australian Music Centre.
b. From the National Award Panel there will be a National Committee for each of the Award categories, with each Committee consisting of two specialists from at least two states for each category, and the National Awards Panel Chair.
The Chair of each State or Territory Committee is selected by the Board of the Australian Music Centre. AMC management will, in consultation with the Chair, convene the members of the Committee. The Chair will be responsible for all operations of the Committee.
3. All Committees
a. Both National Award Panel and State/Territory Committees will be broadly representative of current national new music practices, and the various sectors of the relevant music community, and members will have a high credibility in the music community and the community at large in the Award category they are assessing. The stylistic allegiances of Committee members should be seen collectively to cover a wide range of practices and media.
b. Committee members need not necessarily be financial members of the AMC.
c. Committees will have an odd number of members.
d. A Committee may not include any member who is a direct subject of a nomination to it. Should such a situation arise, either the nomination must be withdrawn or the Committee member must resign, and be replaced.
e. Any Committee member with a conflict of interest should declare the conflict and abstain from any discussion or vote pertaining to the nomination from which the conflict arises.
f. The Chair will have a casting vote.
g. Membership of all Committees will be published at the time of the Awards announcements.
h. The membership of the Committee should vary from year to year.
For assistance with information, advice, or the resolution of disputes relating to the Awards and the State and National Committee Chairs and members, contact the Executive of the Australian Music Centre, who may respond directly or refer the matter to the Australian Music Centre Board or independent arbitrator.
Australian Music Centre (02) 9247 4677
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