For the performance of a single Australian work, showcasing the performer(s)’ success in improvisatory creation or collaboration. This may entail entirely improvised work or significant improvisatory input such as solo passages.
The performance must have taken place publicly in the year prior to that of the Award (2023). Public broadcast of a studio or concert performance in the same year is eligible as a public performance (This includes radio broadcasts, live streams, podcasts, or other digital distribution of a live recording).
The performed work must have been composed and/or improvised by an Australian citizen or by a composer who has permanent residence in Australia. There is no requirement on a year of composition or completion (heritage works are eligible).
The other performers need not be citizens or permanent residents of Australia.
A performance may only be submitted in a single Performance of the Year category. If a work is eligible for multiple categories, the nominee may select which category to submit under.
A full concert of works is not eligible for nomination. The nomination must be for the performance of a single work.
To nominate you need to be either a member of APRA AMCOS or the Australian Music Centre (AMC). At this stage, you just need to provide essential information about your nominee (category, work, name of nominee etc.) and write a short paragraph on why you're nominating this person, organisation, or work. We do not collect support materials at this stage, but we do ask for a contact email for the nominee if you know it.
Once nominations close, we will contact all eligible nominees for support materials to add to their nomination. Depending on the category, these materials might include a score, recording, documentation of projects nominated, and/or documentation of consultation with relevant communities if Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) is used in the nominated work or activities.
Please note that you cannot self-nominate in any category. This includes organisations/people you work for, represent, or who work for you. You can only nominate once per category, but you can nominate in more than one category.