2014 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards Announced

March 18th, 2015

The winners of the 2014 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards were announced on Wednesday 18 March 2015.

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Australia’s finest period-instrument ensemble has been awarded the Group Award ($80,000).  One of Australia’s most exciting contemporary playwrights, Lally Katz is the Individual Winner ($50,000). Helen Marcou and Quincy McLean, co-founders of SLAM (Save Live Australian Music) and owners of Bakehouse Studios in Melbourne, have been awarded the Facilitator’s Prize ($20,000).

What sets the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards apart from other awards are the significant cash prizes that accompany the honours. To date, over $3 million (adjusted to present day values) has been distributed directly to the winners. Announced annually, the national awards are determined by a Judging Committee chaired by Carrillo Gantner AO (Chairman of the Sidney Myer Fund) and this year included: Sarah Neal, Duncan Ord, Brett Sheehy AO, Hannah Skrzynski, and Noel Staunton.

The Judging Committee recognises past achievements but also gives consideration to the potential of an individual or group to continue their contribution to Australian society through the performing arts. The Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards were established in 1984 by the Trustees of the Sidney Myer Fund, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Sidney Myer, a passionate advocate and great friend to the arts.

Media information:  Magda Petkoff, Purple Media, 0409 436 473, magda@purplemedia.com.au

[L-R] Lally Katz, Helen Marcou, Quincy McLean, Bridget O'Brien and Bruce Appelbaum.
[L-R] Lally Katz, Helen Marcou, Quincy McLean, Bridget O’Brien and Bruce Applebaum.
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