Challenging year marked by expansion of Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards

Expanded from three awards to eight, the 2020 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards recognise arts champions across the nation.

In recognition of the challenges the arts sector faced last year, the 2020 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards have been expanded from three awards to eight.

Established in 1984 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of philanthropist and arts lover Sidney Myer, the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards traditionally recognise three recipients: an individual, a facilitator and a group or organisation.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts