Oh MAMA: awards ceremony hits all the right notes
Alice Cottee performs at the Music ACT Music Award at Albert Hall. Photo: Jay Cronan
Canberra's much-loved symphony orchestra and the promoters of some of Australia's best-known bands of the last decade were honoured at the city's first annual music awards on Friday night.
The Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the record label Ivy League Records/Winterman Goldstein were the first inductees into the MusicACT Hall of Fame.
The MusicACT Annual Music Awards (MAMAs) also crowned Super Best Friends as Artist and Live Performer of the Year, as voted by the public.
Music ACT Annual Music Awards at Albert Hall. Photo: Jay Cronan
Other major winners at Albert Hall - one of Canberra's oldest music venues - were Youth Artist Natalie Magee and Music Venue The Phoenix.
MAMA co-ordinator David Caffery said Canberra was long overdue for an awards night to recognise its musical talent.
''This is a historic celebration of Canberra music that will raise awareness of our vibrant music culture. The talent is here and the MAMAs will put it on the national map,'' Mr Caffery said. The best of the Canberra music industry competed in a total of 19 categories from Best Song of 2012 to the Best ACT Engineer/Producer/Studio.
As the largest professional arts organisation in the ACT, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra was enshrined in the Hall of Fame for its role in Canberra's cultural community.
Pete Lusty, Andy Kelly, James Roden and Andy Cassell of Sydney record label and management company Ivy League Records/Winterman Goldstein were also inducted into the Hall of Fame.
They began their careers in Canberra as regulars in the local music scene.
- Best Act Orchestra/Concert, Brass or Big Band - Canberra City Band
- Hall of Fame Inductee - Canberra Symphony Orchestra
- Hall of Fame Inductee - Winterman Goldstein/Ivy League Records: Pete Lusty, Andy Kelly, James Roden, Andy Cassell
- Contribution to the ACT Music Industry - Pro Musica
- Best ACT Engineer/Producer/Studio - Duncan Lowe
- ACT Artist of 2012- Super Best Friends
- ACT Youth Artist of 2012 – Natalie Magee
- Live Performer of 2012 – Super Best Friends
- ACT Live Venue of 2012 – The Pheonix
- Best ACT Choral/Vocal Group - The Pocket Score Company
- Best ACT Classical Solo/Ensemble - Matt Withers
- ACT Song of the Year - ‘‘Broken Bird’’ by The Wedded Bliss
- Best ACT Country Artist - No Hausfrau
- Best ACT Electronic Dance Music Producer - The Aston Shuffle
- Best Folk Artist - Xavier Dunn
- Best ACT Jazz/Blues Artist - Dorothy Jane Gosper
- Best ACT Pop Artist - Fun Machine
- Best ACT Rock/Alternative Artist - Tonk
- Best ACT Urban Artist - Kayo Marbulis