Jen Cloher, Paul Kelly and Beaches are just three of the artists whose albums have been shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize for 2017.
AMP founder Scott Murphy said in a statement, “I can’t applaud the 19 judges of The 13th AMP enough – the volume of eligible releases skyrocketed by about 100 from 2016 to 2017 – that’s a lot of great Australian music they had to give up their time to ‘absorb’ and then produce this diverse, compelling list of 9. Please, discover and enjoy these albums.”
The nine Australian Music Prize shortlist albums are:
Beaches – ‘Second of Spring’
Darcy Baylis – ‘Intimacy & Isolation’
HTMLflowers – ‘Chrome Halo’
Jen Cloher – ‘Jen Cloher’
Jordan Rakei – ‘Wallflower’
Liars – ‘TFCF’
Paul Kelly – ‘Life is Fine’
Sampa The Great – ‘Birds and the BEE9’
The Vampires – ‘The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke’
Five of the acts, Beaches, Darcy Baylis, Jen Cloher, HTMLflowers and Paul Kelly are from Victoria. Victoria’s Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said, “Victoria is the heart and home of live music and we are very proud to have secured the Australian Music Prize in Melbourne for the next two years. The Prize adds yet another string to Melbourne’s musical bow – and we can’t wait to honour these incredible shortlisted artists and acts in March.”
The Victoria Government has also announced support for The Australian Music Prize. The event will be held in Melbourne in 2018 and 2019. The winner of the AMP 2017 will be announced in Melbiurne on Friday, March 9, 2018.