Music

Australia Council for the Arts supports composers, musicians and organisations to create new music and present it to audiences. Our goal is to reflect and promote the diversity, excellence and energy of contemporary Australian musical culture.

This page provides important information for artists in the Australian music scene, such as reports on recent successful grant applications, upcoming industry events and current research relating to the music sector.

Our goal is to reflect and promote the diversity, excellence and energy of contemporary Australian musical culture.

Liza Lim (VIC) - Australia Council Don Banks Music Award

Liza Lim has been described as one of the leading composers of her generation. Born in Australia to Chinese parents and educated in Australia and Brunei, Liza’s work draws from diverse cultural influences, including Asian ritual culture and the aesthetics of Indigenous Art.

Her music has been performed by some of the best ensembles and orchestras and featured at festivals throughout the world.

She is currently Professor of Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she leads the Composing Women program.

The Australia Council Don Banks Music Award honours a distinguished artist aged over 50 who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to music in Australia.  It is named in honour of Don Banks, acclaimed Australian composer, performer and the first Chair of the Music Board.  

Past award recipients include  Lyn Williams OAM (2017), Brett Dean (2016), Archie Roach AM (2015), Mike Nock (2014) and Kev Carmody (2013). 

Highlights

2017 Featured Grants

Featured Media

The Tenth National Indigenous Arts Awards

This video was livestreamed from the event held on the 27 May 2017, The National Indigenous Arts Awards.
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