Commencing in 2005, the Australian Music Prize has provided a mouthpiece to the best albums in Australian contemporary music. Now in its 15th year, the prize is widely recognised as the most prestigious award for Australian recording artists.
The integrity of judging and prestige of this peer-voted prize is a major difference for the Australian Music Prize, focusing on creative merit over mainstream popularity. A sister prize to the UK's coveted Mercury Prize, the Australian Music Prize is Australia's most sought after achievement within the music community, honouring the album as an art form.
With the recipient unveiled in March each year in an industry event following on from an intensive judging process undertaken by a panel of eminent media, retail and artist representatives, the Australian Music Prize not only rewards excellence, but shines a light on albums that may not have otherwise had their merit acknowledged.
The prize provides artists with a financial prize of $30,000 along with the global recognition and exposure that comes with being an AMP recipient.