ANAM recognises the outstanding achievement and potential of our musicians by awarding a number of prizes at the end of each year. Some prizes will provide performance and programming opportunities for musicians or ensembles, including at one of two 'ANAM Encounters' concerts, at the Primrose Potter Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre and at St Silas Church.
ANAM DIRECTOR'S PRIZE
This prize (up to $10,000) is funded by ANAM’s Board of Directors each year and awarded to a musician completing their ANAM training that year (including those who complete their training earlier in the year). This prize calls for an application from ANAM musicians who can demonstrate a need for the prize money to further their professional development, and who have demonstrated initiative in their engagement with opportunities at ANAM throughout their training.
GWEN NISBET MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP
This $8,000 scholarship is awarded to a musician completing their ANAM training that year (including those who completed their training earlier in the year). This scholarship recognises a musician of exceptional musical ability, technical skill and outstanding character, who has contributed richly to the life of ANAM and the wider community throughout their training.
GWEN NISBET ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD
This $2,000 prize is awarded to a first- or second-year musician returning to ANAM the following year, who has shown great promise and improvement, contributed richly to the life at ANAM, and is deserving of encouragement.
URSULA HOFF PERFORMANCE AWARD FOR THE MOST OUTSTANDING CHAMBER MUSIC PERFORMANCE
The Ursula Hoff Award for the Most Outstanding Chamber Music Performance is a $3,000 award sponsored by Lorne Cole and Family.
NICK DEUTSCH PRIZE FOR THE MOST OUTSTANDING FIRST YEAR MUSICIAN
This $1,000 prize, donated by former ANAM Artistic Director Nick Deutsch (2016-2020), is awarded each year to the most outstanding first-year musician.
ANAM VOLUNTEERS' PRIZE
This prize is donated by our dedicated volunteers and is awarded to any member of the cohort who is an exemplary ANAM citizen, and an all-round conscientious achiever both onstage as well as offstage.
ANAM CONCERTO COMPETITION
ANAM's annual Concerto Competition is performed with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra at Federation Concert Hall, Hobart. This performance and the $1,000 first prize are generously sponsored by Lady Primrose Potter.
ST SILAS PRIZE FOR THE MOST OUTSTANDING FIRST YEAR PERFORMANCE IN AN ANAM RECITAL
Donated by the St Silas Anglican Parish of the Parks, this $1,000 prize is awarded to a deserving First Year musician who presented an outstanding recital. The winner of this prize will also have the opportunity to present a solo recital at St Silas Anglican Church the following year.
ADFAS YARRA PRIZE FOR THE MOST OUTSTANDING PROGRAM IN AN ANAM RECITAL
Sponsored by ADFAS Yarra, this $1,000 prize is awarded for the presentation of a compelling and interesting recital program.
BRETT DEAN PRIZE FOR THE MOST OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF AN AUSTRALIAN WORK IN AN ANAM RECITAL
This $1,000 prize is donated by composer and former ANAM Artistic Director Brett Dean (2006-2010), and is awarded for the most outstanding performance of a work by an Australian composer in their recital.
DAVID RICHARDS PERFORMANCE AWARD FOR THE MOST OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF A CONTEMPORARY WORK OR NEW COMPOSITION IN AN ANAM RECITAL
Sponsored by Lorne Cole and Family, this $1,000 prize is awarded for the most outstanding performance of a work by a contemporary composer.
URSULA HOFF PERFORMANCE AWARD FOR THE MOST OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF A CLASSICAL WORK IN AN ANAM RECITAL
Sponsored by Lorne Cole and Family, $1,000 is awarded for the most outstanding performance work by a composer from the Classical era (1750-1820).
ANAM AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT AWARDS
Three small prizes are awarded by the ANAM Marketing team to musicians who have shown initiative in concert marketing throughout the year, such as creative writing, social media, radio and media interviews.