FAQs

Nominating

Nominations will open at 9am AEDT Wednesday 7 February 2024 and close at 5pm AEDT on Wednesday 6 March 2024.

Nominating is now simpler than ever!



Step 1: To nominate you need to be either a member of APRA AMCOS (Composer, Author or Publisher member) or a member of the Australian Music Centre (AMC).


Step 2: Read through the Rules & Guidelines to ensure your nomination meets the criteria.



Step 3: Provide essential information about your nominee/s (category, work, name of nominee etc.).


Step 4: Write a short paragraph on why you're nominating this person/organisation/work.



Please note that you cannot self-nominate in any category. Self-nominations will not be accepted. This includes organisations/people you work for, represent, or who work for you.


Unless otherwise noted, all categories of the Art Music Awards are open to all genres and practices of art music, including but limited to; contemporary classical, contemporary jazz, notated composition, improvised music, digital music, sound art, and experimental practice.

A representative from the Australian Music Centre will contact all nominees after the nomination period closes.

Step 1: You will need to select which nomination to proceed with if you have been nominated with multiple options in a single category.

Step 2: Submit all requested support material by the due date. For submissions using Indigenous content (such as language, titles, narratives or themes) supporting documentation must be supplied showing consultation and permission from the appropriate community/communities.

Step 3: Provide any press material (additional photos, videos or bio information) to be used if you are selected as a finalist.
Winners of all categories will be announced at the Art Music Awards ceremony. Further information about the event will be announced closer to the date.

Prior to the Awards ceremony, four finalists of each Annual Award are announced. For the Luminary Awards, no finalists are announced; the winners are announced during the ceremony.

The Annual Richard Gill Memorial Distinguished Services Award will also be presented at the Art Music Awards ceremony, at the discretion of the Boards of Directors of APRA and of AMC.
No, all eligible nominations will go through to the judging panels. Multiple nominations for the same work/individual/organisation will be combined.

No. A representative from the Australian Music Centre will contact all nominees after the nomination period closes to collect support materials to add to the nomination. Please do not include links in your nomination statement. At this stage, we only need the information outlined in the nomination form.

Please check all of the required form fields are complete. If there is an error, it will say "This field is required" next to the field you are missing.

A copy of your nomination will be sent to the email address you added to the form. Check your email and your junk folder for the confirmation email. It can take a few minutes for the email to come through. If you're still not sure, please email the Australian Music Centre.

 

Eligibility

No, for the purposes of the Awards these are considered the same work. The work is only eligible following the year they are first presented to the public (through performance, recording release, broadcast, stream, etc).
You can only have one nomination in each category in order to be eligible. You will be able to select the nomination you would like to go to the judging panel.
A work can only be in one category in order to be eligible. You will be able to select the category you think best describes the work.

If the album or concert is considered to be a single multi-movement (or multi-part) work, then it is eligible for nomination.


If it is a collection of works then it is not eligible. If you are making the nomination, please only select the work you think should be awarded Work of the Year.


If you have been nominated for an album that is a collection of works, please contact the AMC to select the work you would like to proceed with.

You cannot self-nominate in any category. Self nomination includes organisations/people you work for, represent, or who work for you.
Yes!
Yes!
 

Adding Support Materials

Nominees will be contacted after nominations close to add support materials to their nomination.

Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) refers to the rights that Indigenous people have and want to have, to protect their cultural heritage. ICIP is a living heritage comprising of all objects, sites, stories, images, knowledge, and other content which has been, or continues to be transmitted from generation to generation by a particular Indigenous group or its territory. ICIP can also be referred to as “Cultural Heritage”.


For more information on ICIP, please visit Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) - Arts Law Centre of Australia


We support the rights of Indigenous people from around the world in making self-determined decisions regarding the definition of what Indigenous Cultural & Intellectual Property is, how it is used, when it can be used, who uses it and why it is used.


For more information about ICIP in nominated works and projects, you can read the Australian Music Centre's First Nations Cultural Policy for Represented Artists or contact the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Music office.

When Indigenous Cultural Content is from outside of one’s own cultural heritage and background, it is required that appropriate support and permissions are confirmed, obtained, and demonstrated. Forms of supporting documentation include:


Written confirmation from the appropriate individuals, communities or representatives demonstrating agreements surrounding the use of Indigenous content made between all the owners of the content, and music creators. Written confirmation should include names and contact details of the owners/custodians of the Indigenous Cultural Content being used.


For works where involved Indigenous Cultural Content is not specific to a particular community or, does not involve a real-life story or depictions of culturally specific material, a written statement should demonstrate:


What research has been done?


What action/s has been undertaken to date?


What consultation is proposed?


Supporting evidence should include a statement of commitment that any new works created by non-Indigenous artists featuring Indigenous Cultural Content will be registered with appropriate rights attributions prior to public performance or release.


For example, a music creator may wish to compose a new work which uses culturally significant melodies and words from a particular cultural group of which the composer does not belong to. The music creator may have a relationship with the Indigenous custodians/owners of cultural content they wish to incorporate into their new work. In this case, it is important that the music creator clearly demonstrates that they have acquired permissions to create a new work or arrangement that will include elements of, or references to the Indigenous Cultural Content from the correct Cultural custodians/owners. The music creator should also explain how the custodians/owners will be accredited for their knowledge/work, and how they work with the custodians/owners to protect the work.


We support the rights of Indigenous people from around the world in making self-determined decisions regarding the implementation of culturally safe and respectful processes which are required to clearly demonstrate confirmation, support, and agreements for the use of their Indigenous Cultural Content.


For more information about ICIP in nominated works and projects, you can read the Australian Music Centre's First Nations Cultural Policy for Represented Artists or contact the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Music office.

If you believe you are nominated in the wrong Work of the Year or Performance of the Year category, please contact the Australian Music Centre.


You cannot change what category type your nomination is in (e.g., from a Performance of the Year to a Work of the Year, Excellence, or Luminary award).

Please contact the Australian Music Centre if the details included in your nomination, such as work title, performers, performance date, etc, are incorrect.

For works created without a score, lead sheet, or performance instructions, please submit a description of how the work is realised, structured, and/or constructed. This requirement is to help judges understand your work better.

The support materials for a Luminary nomination should showcase the nominated activities and the reasons that your nominator has put in their statement. The recording component can be a highlight reel or promotional video, particularly one that showcases the Australian repertoire championed by your nominated activities.

The required support materials must be provided through the submission form. This is so we can check eligibility and for judges to view your nomination.

Yes, but please make sure that the link does not require a sign up to a cloud sharing website, or for judges to request access. Sharing the file with an AMC or APRA AMCOS email address is also not accepted as it does not make it available to judges.


Please make sure your file sharing link is set to "anyone with a link can view".


You can add a password if you would like the files to be privately shared.


It is the nominees' responsibility to make sure that the files are accessible and remain accessible until after the Awards ceremony.

 

Still have questions?

If your question has not been answered here, please contact the Australian Music Centre for further information.