University Prizes

In 2014, the ANZCA Board of Directors took steps to expand our organisation’s encouragement of developing musicians through the establishment of music prizes in conjunction with prominent tertiary institutions.

While the development and expansion of this programme continues, ANZCA is proud to be involved currently with the following music prizes.

The ANZCA Composition Prize at the ANU School of Music is offered to undergraduate, Honours or Masters students for best composition, as assessed by a panel chaired by the Head of School of Music. The recipient receives a cash prize and is invited to list their work in ANZCA’s syllabus.

The ANZCA Music Prize is offered for Best Composition by a Bachelor of Music student at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University. This prize, which is adjudicated by members of the University’s faculty, consists of a cash prize and promotion of the winning composition through inclusion in the relevant ANZCA syllabus.

In conjunction with the University of Otago, ANZCA has established an annual music prize to encourage students studying for the Bachelor of Music degree (or Bachelor of Music with Honours) and specialising in contemporary performance. This cash prize is offered for contemporary musical performance excellence from years 2, 3 and 4 of the degree course, on guitar, drums, bass guitar, vocals or keyboards. The criteria can include original student work, or performance of set repertoire at the higher end of High Distinction grades (90–100%) for the entire course, at a level of proficiency and imagination such as would be seen as outstanding in a professional context.