Don Banks Music Award
|Don Banks Music Award|
|Awarded for||Outstanding contributions in Australian music|
|Presented by||Dr Graeme Koehne, Australia Council music board chair|
The Don Banks Music Award was established in order to publicly honour a senior artist of high distinction who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to music in Australia. The award was founded in honour of Don Banks, Australian composer, performer and the first chair of the music board of the Australia Council.
Nominations for music artists, including performers and composers from all areas of music, are invited. The award is considered the nation's most valuable individual music prize.
The award is intended for artists 50 years and over. The Don Banks music award is granted only once in an artist's lifetime.
Prize recipients receive $60,000 AU as a reward for their contribution towards Australian music.
- 2009 - Warren Fahey 
- 2008 - Bob Sedergreen, jazz pianist
- 2007 - Peter Sculthorpe AO OBE, composer
- 2006 - Richard Gill OAM, conductor
- 2005 - Carl Vine, contemporary composer
- 2002 - John Curro AM MBE, music educator
- 2000 - Allan Browne, jazz drummer
- 1999 - Bunna Lawrie, singer/songwriter
- 1998 - Bernie McGann, jazz saxophonist
- 1996 - Jonathan Mills, composer
- Richard Meale AO MBE, composer
- Australian Council - Don Banks Music Award
- Australian Government culture and recreation portal - Don Banks Music Award
- 'Sedergreen Wins Don Banks Award', Jazz Australia[permanent dead link]
- 'Australia's top music prize for jazz legend', Australian Stage
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