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.

2019 Australia Council Awards recipients

Australia Council Don Banks Music Award: David Bridie

Seven time ARIA award winning songwriter and composer David Bridie has enjoyed a distinguished career as one of Australia’s most innovative musicians. His repertoire ranges from recording artist to soundtrack composer, producer, lyricist, songwriter and singer, as well as specialist in the music of Melanesia, Bridie has certainly stamped his mark.

A founding member and songwriter of critically acclaimed musical groups Not Drowning Waving and My Friend The Chocolate Cake, Bridie has balanced his career as a live musician with the composition of soundtrack music, with credits for over 16 Feature films including Satellite Boy, Proof, Bran Nue DaeThe Man Who Sued God and Gone. His score for In a Savage Land landed Bridie the award for “Best Original Score” at the AFI Awards, “Best Original Soundtrack” by the Film Critics Circle of Australia, and “Best Soundtrack Album” at the 2000 ARIA Awards. Credits for his 29 television/short films/documentaries soundtracks include Remote Area Nurse for which he won an AFI Award, “Winner Best Independent Release” ARIA Award; and The Whitlam DocumentaryMABO, among others

Highlights

2019 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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