The Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards were created in 1984 by the Trustees of the Sidney Myer Fund to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Sidney Myer.
The Awards were created to commemorate his life and his love for the arts. They intend primarily to enhance the status of performing arts in Australia and recognise outstanding achievements in dance, drama, comedy, music, opera, circus and puppetry.
The Awards are annual and focus on two awards and one prize:
• The Individual Award ($50,000)
• The Group Award ($80,000)
• The Facilitator’s Prize ($20,000)
The Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards are announced and presented early each year for the preceding year. The Awards are decided on a national basis and each nomination is considered by a Judging Committee. While past achievement is recognised, consideration is also given to the potential of an individual or group to continue their contribution to Australian society through the performing arts into the future.
For the purpose of the Awards, the performing arts include all aspects of creation and performance across all forms of drama, comedy, dance, music, opera, circus and puppetry. They do not include visual or plastic arts, crafts, film, electronic media or literature.
Nominations for the 2013 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards are now closed.
Nominations for the 2014 awards will open in late 2014.
A full list of past award winners can be found on the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards Wikipedia page while the gallery below contains a snapshot of past award ceremonies and winners.