Well here they are – your finalists for the FBi Sydney Music Arts & Culture Awards! Majestic aren’t they? With 8 categories open for voting, we want to know who of the nominees you think changed the game this past year. Click on a category to see the nominees!
Art at its best challenges the accepted shape of things. It transforms materials, spaces and bodies in order, ultimately, to transform consciousness. While this year’s nominees run the gamut of artistic practice, their work is marbled through with themes of cultural equilibrium and reforming and reframing what we think of as the Australian experience.
Curating projects in a way that preserves individual artistic vision but also adds power to its message by rendering it part of a whole, takes creativity and a deft touch. Each of these nominees’ curatorial efforts have challenged, immersed and delighted us this past year, yielding programs that became greater than the sum of their parts.
What makes a great meal in your opinion? Is it a confronting mouthfeel? Provocative plating? All you can eat bacon bits? In 2019, whether you were in the market for some left-field innovation or trad transcendence, these six taste-makers had you well and truly covered. Which nominee left the best taste in your mouth?
An unprecedented year calls for some unprecedented initiatives. These nominees acted quick on their feet – accepting the current state of the world, acknowledging how crucial community and connection is, and established some of the most creative solutions to social distancing restrictions. Livestreams, compilations, pandemic-specific programming – you name it, they’ve figured it out.
Best Pandemic Pivot is presented by Alizé.
In a year where digital reigned supreme, these six artists pulled out all the stops to capture your YouTube scroll attention. Striking visuals, high concepts and scathing social commentary were the name of the game as music videos made a comeback in a big way.
Best Video is presented by Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
Getting in on the ground floor has always been our jam. These six Sydney up ’n’ comers are right on the cusp and we’re crowd-sourcing our crystal ball work, asking you to help us predict who’ll be hitting the big time next. Let us know which of these “only a matter of time” type of acts is the “only a matter of time”-est of them all.
Next Big Thing is presented by Red Bull
When they came over the airwaves, which of these six bona fide bangers had you feverishly disrobe, jump out of your moving Uber and roll onto the nature strip yelling “TUUUUUNE”? All of them? Well you can only vote for one so maybe just choose the song that made you roll the furthest yeah?
Song of the Year is presented by Young Henrys
Despite the digital age’s persistent threats to its primacy, the album (and its relatives) is still the pre-eminent format – allowing artists the freedom to indulge their creativity in greater depth, and to make more complex and substantial statements. In 2019 these Sydney acts delivered cohesive collections that kept us locked in from start to finish. Which was your record of the year?
SMAC OF THE YEAR
It’s the big one. Each year we single out one person whose contribution to our city’s cultural life demands recognition. Past winners include Heidi Lenffer, Music NSW’s Emily Collins, warrior for Sydney’s cultural economy; Sally Rugg, one of Marriage Equality’s strongest voices; and Artistic Director par excellence Lisa Havilah. This award is not open for voting. The winner will be announced on January 27.