Australian Music Prize


PPCA has been a proud principal partner of The Australian Music Prize since its inception in 2005. The Amp was established to encourage, reward and promote Australian music of excellence.


Each year an Australian artist or group is awarded The Amp, receiving a cash prize in recognition of the outstanding creativity they exhibited based on an original album released in that year. Each year PPCA donates $30,000 to the winning artists.


The Amp was founded in the spirit of the UK’s prestigious Mercury Music Prize, whose winners have included Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Dizzee Rascal, M People and Primal Scream. Along with a cash prize for the winning artist, both the winner and the finalists (known collectively as the Shortlist) share in widespread media and retail exposure.


The Amp is unique in Australia – a critically judged award which honours contemporary Australian artists based on their creative excellence. Any artist has the opportunity to be Shortlisted and potentially to win – regardless of record sales, genre, level of public recognition or record label affiliation.


The Amp aims to promote the health and growth of the local industry both within Australia and overseas.


The Amp's winners to date have been:
2005: The Drones - Wait Long By The River and the Bodies of Your Enemies Will Float By
2006: Augie March - Moo, You Bloody Choir
2007: The Mess Hall - Devils Elbow
2008: Eddy Current Suppression Ring - Primary Colours
2009: Lisa Mitchell - Wonder
2010: Cloud Control - Bliss Release
2011: The Jezabels - Prisoner
2012: Hermitude - HyperParadise
2013: Big Scary - Not Art
2014: REMI - Raw X Infinity
2015: Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
2016: A.B. Original - Reclaim Australia
2017: Sampa the Great - Birds and the BEE9
2018: Gurrumul - Djarimirri


For more information, see the Australian Music Prize website