Australian Music Prize

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Australian Music Prize
2008 AMP logo
Awarded forBest Australian album
First awarded2005

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 March 2009[1]

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[edit]

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 [2]
2006 Augie March Moo, You Bloody Choir
  • The inaugural Red Bull Award for Outstanding Potential was awarded to Gotye.
2007 The Mess Hall Devils Elbow
  • The MySpace Public Vote Award was won by New Buffalo.
  • The Red Bull Award for Outstanding Potential was won by bluejuice.
2008 Eddy Current Suppression Ring Primary Colours
  • The Red Bull Award for Best Debut Album was won by Jack Ladder for Love is Gone.
2009 Lisa Mitchell Wonder
  • The Red Bull Award for Best Debut Album was won by Oh Mercy for Privileged Woes.
2010 Cloud Control Bliss Release
2011 The Jezabels Prisoner [7]
2012 Hermitude HyperParadise
2013 Big Scary Not Art
2014 REMI Raw X Infinity
2015 Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit [8]
2016 A.B. Original Reclaim Australia [9]
2017 Sampa the Great Birds and the BEE9 [10]


2018 Gurrumul Djarimirri [12]


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  1. ^ a b "Eddy Current Supresion Ring takes out 30K music prize". ABC News. 20 March 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2009.
  2. ^ "The Drones Take Out The Inaugural AMP (Australian Music Prize)". 9 March 2006. Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2009.
  3. ^ "Augie March take out AMP award". AdelaideNow. The Advertiser. 7 March 2007. Retrieved 9 July 2009.[dead link]
  4. ^ "PCCA congratulates Augie March" (PDF). Phonographic Performance Company of Australia. 8 March 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2009.
  5. ^ "The Mess Hall win the Australian Music Prize". The West Australian. 13 March 2008. Archived from the original on 3 March 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2009.
  6. ^ "The Mess Hall elbow way to music prize". 13 March 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2009.[dead link]
  7. ^ "The Jezabels take out Australian Music Prize". ABC News Online. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  8. ^ "Courtney Barnett Has Taken Out The Australian Music Prize For 2015 – Music Feeds". 9 March 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  9. ^ Sydney Morning Herald, 9 March 2017
  10. ^$30,000-aus-music-prize/
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