Awarded during Finals Weekend
First Prize - The Robert Salzer Prize $5,000
Second Prize - The Paul Morawetz Prize $4,000
Third Prize - The Laura Brown Prize $2,500
Audience Prize - The Peter Druce Prize $2,000
Australian National Academy of Music Prize - For a string quartet who the adjudicators believe would most benefit from a week-long coaching residency at ANAM in November/December 2020.
- Travel & accommodation for four participants;
- Coaching staff and program;
- Rehearsal room;
- Closed performance opportunity at end of week
Cash and development prizes
Melbourne Recital Centre Regional Prize - For a group that resides outside one of the major capital cities. All-access pass to selected MRC concerts for one week, including travel and accommodation. Generously financially supported by Tom Breen.
AMEB Emerging Ensemble Encouragement Award - $1,000 worth of sheet music for a group that shows a need for additional resources, and does not progress to the Semi Final round.
Australian Composition Prize - For the best performance of an Australian work, including compositions by the entrants. $1500 cash.
Casio Prize - For a group from a school or institution in need of a better piano. Casio Electric Hybrid Piano valued at $4,999. Find out how you can win here.
Novice Prize - If every member of your group has been learning their instrument for less than 2 years you may be eligible to win a novice prize. Find out how to enter.
Innovation Award - For the ensemble who throws the most interesting light on what chamber music can be. $500 cash
At the discretion of the Artistic Director, one or more prizes may be awarded at First Round stage in each of the following categories:
Woodwind - groups that include at least 50% woodwind instruments
Brass - groups that include at least 50% brass instruments
Percussion - groups that include at least 50% percussion instruments
String - groups that include at least 50% string instruments
Vocal - groups that include at least one vocalist
Keyboard - groups that include at least one keyboard instrument
Junior - groups in which all players are in school grade 9 or under