The 2023 Art Music Awards: a celebration of community

It was a night of diversity and recognition at this year’s Art Music Awards, held at Carriageworks in Sydney/Gadigal.

Presented by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre, the 2023 Art Music Awards recognised 28 artists and groups were for their excellence in jazz, chamber music, musical education and more. Australian of the Year nominee and didgeridoo player William Barton received the night’s most prestigious prize, the Richard Gill Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music, for his decades of work and promotion of First Nations music. He is the first Indigenous artist to receive the award.

‘My aim is to connect with you even if I don’t know you,’ said Barton. He dedicated the moment to his mother Aunty Delmae Barton, his didgeridoo teacher and uncle Arthur Peterson, geologist and early mentor Mick Roche, and his mob.

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Manan Luthra is an emerging journalist based in New South Wales. Currently studying at the University of Sydney, he is the owner and editor of State of the Art Media, an arts journalism group which has covered Sydney’s performing arts scene since 2019. He has written for The New York Times, Indian Link, Junkee and Scenestr, and in his spare time he works as an actor and event co-ordinator. He’s currently reading Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike.