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.
In the past, there has been one Individual Award ($60,000), one Group Award ($90,000) and one Facilitator's Prize ($25,000).
Since 2020, the number of Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards recipients has been expanded to eight (three Individual Awards, three Group Awards and two Facilitator's Prizes, each worth $25,000), with winners drawn from around Australia.
At a time of devastation and isolation for many, the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards recognise the essential role of arts and culture in affirming our sense of belonging and lifting our community spirit as a nation.
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. Nominations for the Awards are generally open in September and October each year.
A full list of past award winners can be found on the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards Wikipedia
2019 Winners Sidney Myer Performing Arts AwardsThe winners for the 2019 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards are:
- Facilitator’s Prize: Richard Watts
- Group Award: Ensemble Offspring (Represented by Artistic Director, Claire Edwardes)
- Individual Award: Barrie Kosky
2020 Winners Sidney Myer Performing Arts AwardsThe winners for the 2020 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards are:
- Metro Arts (Group, Qld)
- Kylie Bracknell [Kaarljilba Kaardn] (Individual, WA)
- Sally Chance (Individual, SA)
- Second Echo Ensemble (Group, Tas)
- Andrew Ford (Facilitator, NSW)
- Robin Fox (Individual, Vic)
- Sean Pardy (Facilitator, NT) and
- The Street Theatre (Group, ACT).