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2019 Johnny Dennis Music Awards Winners announced!

Johnny Dennis Music Awards - Winners Announced

The four 2019 winners of the Johnny Dennis Music Awards, which acknowledges great achievement in Australian music composition and endeavour, have been selected, with each winner sharing in $20,000 prize money and receiving $5,000 each for their projects.

The winners are composers Larissa Agosti, Nat Bartsch, Alex Crook and Pru Montin.

The Awards are named for Dennis John Mole, known as Johnny Dennis, an English-born entertainer who migrated to Australia and spent his life performing music to entertain.  They celebrate light music and give the recipients the creative and financial freedom to work on a project of their choice.

The chosen projects and their composers encompass a range of creative light musical work.

Composer Larissa Agosti will attend a 10-day face-to-face collaboration workshop at the prestigious Julliard School of Music in New York, working with choreographers and international composers, to create six bodies of work to be performed.

Nat Bartsch will develop an album of lullabies for children and parents with a proposed regional tour of the works.  A delighted Bartsch said of her win: “I’m thrilled and honoured!!!! How exciting…. what a great way to end the year.”

Alex Crook’s project centres around production of a 5 track EP of songs, extending his existing repertoire, and filming acoustic studio versions of the songs, employing live musicians.

Pru Montin, no stranger to Awards after winning this years’ APRA AMCOS Professional Development Award for Film and Television, has chosen to film music workshops that will inspire young female voices and generate new compositional work.  Currently based in Los Angeles, Montin said “I am so excited. I can’t wait to get that (project) underway”.

Congratulations to you all!

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