The prestigious and highly-coveted Australian Music Prize returns for 2019 with a new look and an expanded judging process, with the first 18 albums unveiled on the nominee list.
These albums will be joined by many more to be announced over the coming months as this year’s expanded cohort of judges create a definitive list of the year’s best albums, with a much needed $30,000 boost awarded to the winner of the coveted prize.
Celebrating the album as an important artistic format in what is one of the world’s most respected judging processes, the new longlist entries include artists from across the country and across genre divides including big records from Hatchie, Alex Lahey, Cub Sport, Thelma Plum and Stella Donnelly.
The AMP also shines a light on lesser know quality artists including Andrea Keller, Daggy Man, Emma Russack and Two People.
“In its fifteenth year, the Australian Music Prize has never been more vital in our music ecosystem, so it was important for us to show the evolution of the prize with a refreshing new look and an expansion of judges,” said Australian Music Prize co-ordinator Scott Murphy. “This year’s judges have already listened to over 250 albums, which is an unbelievable nod to the amazing body of work being produced by Australian musicians every year.”
The new Australian Music Prize judging panel has also been revealed today, bringing together over 30 music journalists, retailers, radio music directors and artists from across Australia to nominate the best albums of the year. Judging on artistic merit alone and with no reference to commercial success, those albums then make up the list from which a smaller shortlist judging panel chooses, in an intensive in-person multi-day process discussing the artistry of each album for a finalist position. A shortlist of nine is then selected by the judges who go away and listen intensively to those selections before reconvening in March to discuss and select a winner of the coveted $30,000 cash prize.
A sister to the UKs converted Mercury Prize, the Australian Music Prize is one of the world’s most respected music awards. With previous winners including Gurrumul, Sampa the Great, Courtney Barnett, Hermitude, The Jezabels, Eddy Current Suppression Ring and The Drones, the award continues to thrive with the support of the industry it serves. The 15th AMP is also increasing its consultation and inclusion across the industry to showcase the album format, shine a light on amazing albums which may not have had the support they deserved and to celebrate great Australian albums.
NOMINEES – 2019
Alex Lahey – The Best of Luck Club
Andrea Keller – Transients Volume 1
Charlie Collins – Snowpine
Cub Sport – Cub Sport
Daggy Man – I’m Going To Love As Long As I Live
Dispossessed – Warpath Never Ended
Emma Russack – Winter Blues
Hatchie – Keepsake
Jess Ribeiro – Love Hate
Julia Jacklin – Crushing
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Fishing for Fishies
Mansionair – Shadowboxer
Martin Frawley – Undone At 31
Methyl Ethel – Triage
Olympia – Flamingo
Polish Club – Iguana
Stella Donnelly – Beware of the Dogs
Sunbeam Sound Machine – Goodness Gracious
Thelma Plum – Better In Blak
Two People – First Body
+ More to be announced