The prestigious and highly coveted Australian Music Prize (AMP) has released its longlist for 2018, and Gold Coast’s Amy Shark is one of the nominees.
Celebrating music’s peak creative format, the album, the AMP longlist transcends genre, popularity and politics, with 21 judges including artists, journalists, retailers, programmers and more selecting the best Australian albums of the year based solely on artistic merit. The winner receives $30,000 prize money courtesy of the AMP’s principal partner PPCA.
Amy joins fellow chart-toppers Troye Sivan and DZ Deathrays, with discoveries like Shepparton Airplane, Padma Newsome and Freya Josephine Hollick also earning their own inclusions. Past winners include The Drones, A.B. Original, Courtney Barnett, Sampa the Great, Lisa Mitchell and The Jezabels.
The AMP is not just a celebration of a year of Aussie creativity, but is a great starting place for those looking to scratch beyond the surface of hit singles.
“The judges have been blown away by the number of albums that we’ve discovered for ourselves as part of this process,” said AMP judge and Hoodoo Gurus frontman Dave Faulkner. “The reality that the Australian Music Prize can be a recognition of the winner, but also a platform for music-lovers everywhere to discover new records without the shackles of genre and format is so exciting.”
Now in its fourteenth year, the award has been there throughout the transformation of the music industry, with its recognition of the album format more important than ever. A shortlist of nine releases which will be unveiled in early 2019 ahead of the winner’s announcement in March. Best of luck, Amy!