Australian Music Prize
|Australian Music Prize|
2008 AMP logo
|Awarded for||Best Australian album|
The Australian Music Prize (The AMP) is an annual award of $30,000 given to an Australian band or solo artist in recognition of the merit of an album released during the year of award. The award made by Australian Music Prize Ltd, a sole-purpose entity sponsored by a variety of music industry figures and record companies. The AMP was established in 2005.
Unlike the more mainstream ARIA music awards, The Amp aims to encourage Australian music of excellence - the prize's stated aim is to "financially reward and increase exposure for an Australian artist (or group of artists) who have produced and commercially released what specially appointed judges vote is the best contemporary music album in any one calendar year". In this sense, The AMP is broadly comparable to the UK's Mercury Music Prize.
2008's Prize Director Tracey Grimson says having a number one album counts for very little in the judging.
The thing about the Australian Music Prize is that it's genuinely about rewarding creative excellence. The albums are all listened to and they're all judged on creative merit. It doesn't matter if someone has been number one or never heard of before, they have an equal chance of making it through.—Tracey Grimson, 20-03-09
The Prize typically launches at the start of October each year and accepts entries (must be new Australian artist albums commercially released in that year) in October and November. A Short List is announced the following February and then a winner at an event in Sydney in March.
Past winners and short list nominees
|Year||Winner||Album||Shortlisted nominees & albums||Other awards||Ref(s)|
|2005||The Drones||Wait Long By The River and the Bodies of Your Enemies Will Float By|||
|2006||Augie March||Moo, You Bloody Choir||
|2007||The Mess Hall||Devils Elbow|||
|2008||Eddy Current Suppression Ring||Primary Colours||
|2010||Cloud Control||Bliss Release|
|2013||Big Scary||Not Art|
- Polaris Music Prize (Canada)
- Prix Constantin (France)
- Choice Music Prize (Ireland)
- Mercury Prize (United Kingdom)
- Shortlist Music Prize (United States)
- Nordic Music Prize (Nordic countries)
- "Eddy Current Supresion Ring takes out 30K music prize". ABC News. 20 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-20.
- "The Drones Take Out The Inaugural AMP (Australian Music Prize)". FasterLouder.com.au. 9 March 2006. Retrieved 9 July 2009.
- "Augie March take out AMP award". AdelaideNow (The Advertiser). 7 March 2007. Retrieved 9 July 2009.[dead link]
- "PCCA congratulates Augie March". Phonographic Performance Company of Australia. 8 March 2007. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2009.
- "The Mess Hall win the Australian Music Prize". TheWest.com.au (The West Australian). 13 March 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2009.[dead link]
- "The Mess Hall elbow way to music prize". News.com.au. 13 March 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2009.[dead link]
- "The Jezabels take out Australian Music Prize". ABC News Online. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.