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Classical Awards

The annual Classical Music Awards are presented by APRA and the Australian Music Centre (AMC). These awards honour the achievements of composers, performers and industry specialists in the contemporary classical genre.

In 1982 at the first APRA Music Awards, the inaugural Most Performed Australasian Serious Work was awarded to John Antill for “Corroboree”. The award was presented annually until 2003 when APRA joined forces with the AMC to create the annual Classical Music Awards.

In an area of music not driven by fame or money, the recognition that these Awards give to practitioners of contemporary classical music is very important. Today, these Awards are still the only Awards specifically for the contemporary classical or new music scene in Australia.