2015 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards Announced

January 28th, 2016

The winners of the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards were announced by Carrillo Gantner AO, Chair of the Sidney Myer Fund at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday 21 January 2016.

Now in its 32nd year, the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards are one of the richest and most coveted awards in the performing arts in Australia.

MOFO and Dark MOFO Festivals have captured the imagination of popular and critical acclaim; both festivals are joint winners of the Group Award and share the $90,000 prize.

One of Australia’s most celebrated performers, the multi-talented Ursula Yovich, is the Individual Winner and receives $60,000.

Daniel Clarke is a visionary arts leader who transformed Theatre Works to become one of Melbourne’s leading theatre venues.  He has been awarded the Facilitator’s Prize ($25,000).

This year, the Awards have increased in value with the annual Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards now valued at $175,000.  ‘In a very troubled world, the arts shine a beacon on our shared humanity – illuminating all that is good; challenging us to question our views and the way we live.  This can only make us stronger and more aware as individuals and together as a society. As testament to this, we have increased the value of the Awards, so that they are free to flourish and renew.” says Carrillo Gantner AO.

The Trustees of the Sidney Myer Foundation believe that real achievement should be recognised and rewarded. To date they have awarded well over $3 million adjusted to present day values

Announced annually, the national awards are determined by a Judging Committee chaired by Carrillo Gantner AO and this year they included: Louise Herron AM, Noel Staunton, Sarah Neal, Iain Grandage and John Bailey.

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.

The 2015 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards were announced on Thursday 21 January 2016.

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

 

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