Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards
The Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards were created in 1984 by the Trustees of the Sidney Myer Fund to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Sidney Myer. The awards were created to commemorate his life and his love for the arts. They intend primarily to enhance the status of performing arts in Australia and recognise outstanding achievements in dance, drama, comedy, music, opera, circus and puppetry.
The awards are annual and focus on two awards and one prize:
- The Individual Award ($60,000)
- The Group Award ($90,000)
- The Facilitator’s Prize ($25,000)
The Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards are announced and presented early each year for the preceding year. The awards are decided on a national basis and each nomination is considered by a judging committee. While past achievement is recognised, consideration is also given to the potential of an individual or group to continue their contribution to Australian society through the performing arts into the future.
- David Bates who brought the Spiegeltent to Australia and who has been responsible for its wonderful eclectic programming."Sidney Myer Fund, The Myer Foundation, Annual Report 2005-2006" (pdf). p. 3. Archived (PDF) from the original on 13 October 2009.
- "Sidney Myer Fund, The Myer Foundation, Annual Report 2001-2002" (pdf). p. 31.