Missy Higgins wins major Melbourne music prize 

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Missy Higgins wins major Melbourne music prize 

Missy Higgns Live at My Music Bowl 2021. Photo By Lisa Businovski

Valued at $60,000, the Melbourne Prize for Music 2022 recognises an outstanding contribution to Australian music.

The ever-talented Missy Higgins has been named the winner of one of Australia’s most valuable and sought-after music awards, announced this week at Fed Square.  

Valued at $60,000, the Melbourne Prize for Music 2022 recognises an outstanding contribution to  Australian music and our cultural life and provides the recipient with career development opportunities.  Supported by Major Patron The Vera Moore Foundation, and The Tallis Foundation.

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Higgins, this year’s winner, joins impressive alumni, including Professor Deborah Cheetham AO (2019), Kutcha  Edwards (2017), Brett Dean (2013), David Jones (2010), and Professor Paul Grabowsky AO (2007). 

Melbourne Prize Trust Executive Director, Mr Simon Warrender said, “We are delighted with the response this year and the support we have had from the music sector. I would like to congratulate the finalists and winners and express my thanks to all entrants. This year’s activities would not have been  possible without the generous support of our partners and patrons – thank you one and all.”  

Melbourne Lord Mayor, Sally Capp said, “Music is intrinsically part of Melbourne, with live music filling our streets and music venues every single day. We’re a city that has launched global music careers for decades, and this year’s Melbourne Prize winners cement our legacy. Thank you to the Melbourne Prize  Trust for supporting future stars, and recognising their incredible tenacity in the face of extraordinary  pressures over the past two years.” 

With a prize pool of over $90,000 providing valuable career development for three Victorian musicians, Jessica Hitchcock was named the winner of the $10,000 (plus $1,000  Qantas voucher) Professional Development Award 2022 to fund project/s to assist with her music career, while Annie Hui-Hsin Hseih was named the winner of the $20,000 Beleura  Emerging Composers Award 2022 to develop her music career.

Musicians Liza Lim, Mindy Meng-Wang and Jim White were also finalists in the Melbourne Prize 2022 and receive $1,000  each, supported by Fed Square. 

The 2022 judges include three esteemed music professionals – Professor Deborah Cheetham AO,  soprano and composer, Helen Marcou AM, co-founder of Bakehouse Studios and SLAM, and  Benjamin Northey, conductor.

Judge’s Statement: “The range and diversity of entries this year made the process of judging as  overwhelming as it was exciting. The response to the 2022 prize and awards, each of which offer the  recipient direct assistance with their music careers, is testament to the resilience of the Victorian music  sector. Missy Higgins, Annie Hui-Hsin Hseih and Jessica Hitchcock are remarkable talents and  inspirations of personal achievement and commitment to their music.

“Each has made a unique and  substantial contribution to Australian music and in turn our cultural life. Congratulations to the three  finalists in the Melbourne Prize for Music 2022 and thank you to the many entrants this year across all  three categories, as well as the local music sector for supporting this initiative. Music is an essential part  of all our lives and well-being and enriches our community and we want to see the sector thrive in years  to come.”  

The winner of the $2,000 Civic Choice Award 2022 will be announced at www.melbourneprize.org on November 11.