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The Australian Music Prize returns in 2019 with a revamped setup

The Australian Music Prize will return later this year with a new revamped setup that includes an expanded list of judges and 18 artists gunning for the top prize. A $30,000 prize will be awarded to the artist with this year’s best album, according to the judges.

Thelma Plum and Stella Donnelly are amongst the list of names vying for the highly coveted prize. However, lesser known artists are also amongst the list of potential winners, shining a light on some of the lesser known talent in the country.

Hatchie. Photo by Dani Hansen

The 2019 Australian Music Prize will have a bunch of talented Australian musicians vying for $30,000, with new judges and a new setting also a feature of this year’s event.

The judges have already listened to 250 albums, proof of the wide array of work being produced by musicians in Australia today. The judging panel includes music journalists, radio music directors and artists all across the country.

Judging will be based on artistic merit, with no emphasis placed on commercial success whatsoever.

The 30 judges will make a shortlist of nine and then extensively re-listen to those albums before coming to a decision. No doubt, winning this prize will change one artist’s fortunes forever if past evidence is anything to go by. Courtney Barnett won back in 2015 and her career has skyrocketed since then.

Check out the nominees below:

2019 Australian Music Prize

Alex Lahey – The Best of Luck Club
Andrea Keller – Transients Volume 1
Charlie Collins – Snowpine
Cub Sport – Cub Sport
Daggy Man – I’m Going To Love As Long As I Live
Dispossessed – Warpath Never Ended
Emma Russack – Winter Blues
Hatchie – Keepsake
Jess Ribeiro – Love Hate
Julia Jacklin – Crushing
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Fishing for Fishies
Mansionair – Shadowboxer
Martin Frawley – Undone At 31
Methyl Ethel – Triage
Olympia – Flamingo
Polish Club – Iguana
Stella Donnelly – Beware of the Dogs
Sunbeam Sound Machine – Goodness Gracious
Thelma Plum – Better In Blak
Two People – First Body
+ more to come