The Australian Music Prize is an organisation established to discover, reward and promote new Australian music of excellence.

Each year an Australian artist or group of artists is awarded The Amp, receiving a cash prize in recognition of the outstanding creativity they exhibited based on an original album released in that year. In 2008, the cash prize was increased to $30,000 thanks to principal partner PPCA. The Amp promotes the ‘album’ format.

The Amp was founded in the spirit of the UK’s prestigious Mercury Music Prize, whose winners have included Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Dizzee Rascal, M People and Primal Scream. Along with a cash prize for the winning artist, both the winner and the finalists (known collectively as the Shortlist) share in widespread media and retail exposure.

The Amp is unique in Australia – a critically judged award which honours contemporary Australian artists based on their creative excellence. Any artist has the opportunity to be Shortlisted and potentially to win – regardless of record sales, genre, level of public recognition or record label affiliation.

The Amp aims to promote the health and growth of the local industry both within Australia and overseas.

The Amp’s winners to date have been:

2005: The Drones for Wait Long By the River And the Bodies of Your Enemies Will Float By

2006: Augie March for Moo, You Bloody Choir

2007: The Mess Hall for Devils Elbow

2008: Eddy Current Suppression Ring for Primary Colours

2009: Lisa Mitchell for Wonder

2010: Cloud Control for Bliss Release

2011: The Jezabels for Prisoner

2012: Hermitude for HyperParadise

2013: Big Scary for Not Art

2014: Remi for Raw X Infinity

2015: Courtney Barnett for Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

2016: A.B. Original for Reclaim Australia.