Australian Music Prize gets travel funding as 110 semi-finalists unveiled
The nine finalists of the 2021 Soundmerch Australian Music Prize (AMP) will have their travel expenses to go to Melbourne to attend the winner’s announcement on Thursday March 3 picked up.
EMI Records, Virgin Music and Island Records are chipping in $3,000 each to cover costs.
Scott Murphy, AMP founder/director says that he usually help financially when a nominee needs it.
“However, with the craziness of the past couple of years AMP funding hasn’t been able to do so,” he explains.
“To now have additional funds which are dedicated to those artists is such a relief!”
Independent artist Ziggy Ramo agrees that many of the shortlisted artists will want to attend, but haven’t started earning enough from their work to fund their travel.
“(They) haven’t really started to earn significantly from their work, yet want to attend the announcement event,” Ramo said. “It can be hard. I experienced this myself!”
Virgin Music Australia managing director Timothy Janes approached Murphy mid-year about how best to contribute to the AMP.
“An award that comes out of the blocks and recognises the brilliance of The Drones’ Wait Long By The River…. as its inaugural winner has always been an award worth supporting.”
For Michael Taylor, managing director of Universal Music Australia & Island Records Australia, reading the nominations list is “seeing your favourite albums of the year get the recognition they deserve.
“Having this added spotlight on these Australian artists and their excellent artistry is so important for Australian music and culture.”
For EMI Music Australia managing director John O’Donnell, the AMP gives important albums an extra credibility by making them winners.
He cites Courtney Barnett’s debut, A. B. Original’s Reclaim Australia, both Sampa The Great albums and We Will Always Love You by The Avalanches.
“(It) has established itself as arguably the premier award for Australian albums over the past 17 years,” O’Donnell notes.
The 2021 Soundmerch AMP today also revealed 110 nominees, culled from 450 issued in 2021.
The shortlisted nine are unveiled in January.
The increased prize is $30,000 is from Soundmerch.
Allday – Drinking With My Smoking Friends
Amends – Tales Of Love, Loss, and Outlaws
Amyl and The Sniffers – Comfort To Me
Australian Art Orchestra – Hand To Earth
B Wise – Jamie
Bad Bangs – Character Building
Baker Boy – Gela
Courtney Barnett – Things Take Time, Take Time
Big Scary – Daisy
Billy Davis – This Is What’s Important
The Black Sorrows – Saint Georges Road
Bliss n Eso – The Sun
Bones and Jones – Ginger Gold (Farm Singles)
Bored Shorts – Way Off!
Katie Brianna – This Way Or Some Other
Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes – As Long As It’s Not Us
Candy – A Pull To Heal
Troy Cassar-Daley – The World Today
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – Carnage
Sarah Mary Chadwick – Me & Ennui Are Friends, Baby
Charm of Finches – Wonderful Oblivion
Belle Chen – Late Night Sessions: New Dawn
Chet Faker – Hotel Surrender
Children Collide – Time Itself
Civic – Future Forecast
Client Liaison – Divine Intervention
Comets – Rain Faces
Cool Sounds – Bystander
Cosmic Psychos – Mountain of Piss
Deuce – Deuce
Emma Donovan & The Putbacks – Under These Streets
Ryan Downey – A Ton Of Colours
Dseeva – Pressure Makes Diamonds
DZ Deathrays – Positive Rising: Part 2
Kutcha Edwards – Circling
Ruby Fields – Been Doin’ It For A Bit
Tori Forsyth – Provlépseis
Good Morning – Barnyard
The Goon Sax – Mirror II
Grigoryan Brothers – This Is Us: A Musical Reflection of Australia
Grinding Eyes – Taste The Monochrome
Harpooner – In Two Minds
Hiatus Kaiyote – Mood Valiant
Holy Holy – Hello My Beautiful World
HTRK – Rhinestones
IJALE – OTTN (On To The Next)
Illy – The Space Between
Indigo Sparke – Echo
Izy – Irene
Jarryd James – P.M.
Jazzparty – Nobody Gets Away
June Jones – Leafcutter
Jonnine – Blue Hills
The Jungle Giants – Love Sign
Steve Kilbey & The Winged Heels – The Hall of Counterfeits
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – L.W.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Butterfly 3000
Kucka – Wrestling
Ajak Kwai – Let Me Grow My Wings
Jack Ladder – Hijack!
LANKS – Spirits Pt. 2
LIARS – The Apple Drop
Jess Locke – Don’t Ask Yourself Why
Luca Brasi – Everything Is Tenuous
Maple Glider – To Enjoy Is The Only Thing
Martha Marlow – Medicine Man
Mere Women – Romantic Notions
Merpire – Simulation Ride
Middle Kids – Today We’re The Greatest
Mista Monk – Inkswel – Muti
Mitch Dillon’s Compulsive Ramblers – Mitch Dillon’s Compulsive Ramblers
Mod Con – Modern Condition
The Murlocs – Bittersweet Demons
Ngaiire – 3
Mike Noga – Open Fire
Odette – Herald
Genesis Owusu – Smiling With No Teeth
The Paper Kites – Roses
Parvyn – Sa
Perfect Moment – Kangourou
Tex Perkins & The Fat Rubber Band – Tex Perkins & The Fat Rubber Band
Pond – 9
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – SHYGA! The Sunlight Mound
Jordan Rakei – What We Call Life
Gretta Ray – Begin To Look Around
REMI – Fried
The Rubens – 0202
Rüfüs Du Sol – Surrender
Emma Russack & Lachlan Denton – Something Is Going To Change Tomorrow, Today. What Will You Do? What Will You Say?
Saint Surly & Dyl Thomas – Twelve (Hundred)
Heather Shannon – Midnight Sun
Tim Shiel – Distractions One
J.P. Shilo – Jubjoté
Shining Bird – Deadlands
Skydeck – Coupon
Alice Skye – I Feel Better But I Don’t Feel Good
Sleep D x Ad Lib Collective – Flashed Glass
Snowy Band – Alternate Endings
Julia Stone – Sixty Summers
Liz Stringer – First Time Really Feeling
Tash Sultana – Terra Firma