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Saturday, November 26, 2005

Amplified: Sounds from Tasmania inaugural award winners announced

Amplified: Sounds from Tasmania inaugural award winners announced - Lara Giddings, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Eight awards for outstanding contributions to original music in Tasmania were announced last night as part of the inaugural 2005 Amplified Awards.

The awards were presented amongst a host of celebrities, national music industry personnel and live music as part of the Amplified: Sounds from Tasmania festival.

Arts Minister Lara Giddings said Amplified had fulfilled its aim of showcasing the quality and depth of talent of Tasmania?s musicians, songwriters and producers.

?The festival has increased public awareness, both within Tasmania and abroad, of the unique contemporary music industry that is making its mark on the national and international scene,? she said.

Amongst other awards, Ms Giddings announced David Blanche as the winner of the inaugural Outstanding Contribution to Original Tasmanian Music category for 2005.

?This award celebrates the achievements of an individual or an organisation that has been involved in the Tasmanian original music industry for a minimum of five years,? Ms Giddings said.

?David, who is from Launceston, is an avid supporter of original music in Tasmania. He has set up and teaches numerous courses at TAFE and College level and has produced numerous compilation CDs of original Tasmanian music.

?He was even involved with setting up a Launceston radio station focusing solely on Australian and Tasmanian music. He also helped to set up and is still on the TasMusic board as well as organising live shows and giving his time and advice to many of Tasmania?s up and coming artists.?

Seven other awards were presented and the winners are:

1. REDD Award - Best Original Tasmanian act ? Sir Veto

2. Best Tasmanian CD release ? Waiter Moving Objects CD

3. Best Up and Coming Original Tasmanian Act ? Jordan Millar, and The Que Experience (joint winners)

4. Most supportive venue ? The Trout

5. Best studio ? Red Planet Recording

6. Best live engineer ? Gregg Ransley

7. Peoples choice (Best Live Act) ? The Styles

As winners of the REDD Award for Best Original Tasmanian act, Sir Veto will receive a development package provided by Celtex Ltd valued at approximately $50,000.

This fantastic award consists of pre-production, recording, mixing and mastering for a five track E.P at Metropolis Audio, in Melbourne. It also includes studio time, producer, engineer, artwork, packaging, distribution and promotion of the EP via the ?Variety Store? distribution network as well as an Ausmusic education and training package for band members.

Other winners receive an Amplified trophy and an award generously supplied by the following sponsors; TasMusic, Australian Hotels Association, Edge Radio, The Falls Festival, and Sauce Street Press.

Amplified: Sounds from Tasmania will continue until Sunday 27 November 2005 and features 15 national music industry experts, and over 20 local music industry experts speaking at the forum program, as well as over 80 Tasmanian acts covering a wide range of musical genres performing live.

A program detailing the festival and its participants is available from festival venues or check the Arts Tasmania website at: www.arts.tas.gov.au.

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