Iconic Sydney trio The Necks are set to be presented with the inaugural Richard Gill Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music at the 2019 Art Music Awards next month.

For more than 30 years, The Necks have served as one of the most underrated groups on the Australian music scene.

First forming back in 1987 by Chris Abrahams, Tony Buck, Lloyd Swanton, The Necks’ lineup has remained constant throughout their career, with their first album, Sex, being released 1989 to critical acclaim.

In addition to being a successful group, each member of The Necks has also achieved notable individual success, making them one of the most celebrated acts in Australia, with sold-out performances around the world ensuring music-lovers from all walks of life continue to appreciate their intricate sounds.

With 20 albums to their name, a handful of ARIA and APRA Awards, and a penchant for lengthy, emotive, improvised live sets, The Necks truly are one of the great treasures of the local music scene.

Now, ahead of the 2019 Art Music Awards being handed out at Sydney University’s Great Hall, The Necks have been named as the inaugural recipients of the Richard Gill Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music.

Taking place on August 19th, the 2019 Art Music Awards is set to feature performances curated by musical director Barney McAll, including appearances from composer Alice Chance, pianist Sonya Lifschitz, and improvisational saxophonist Scott McConnachie, who will team up with Sydney University Organist and Honorary Carillonist Amy Johansen.

Meanwhile, presenters on the evening will include the likes of Chief Executive Officer of the Australia Council for the Arts, Adrian Collette AM, Create NSW Executive Director of Investment & Engagement, Elizabeth W. Scott, and ABC Classic FM’s Content Manager Toby Chadd.

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2019 Art Music Awards

With host Jonathan Biggins and music curation by Barney McAll

Monday, August 19th
Great Hall of the University of Sydney, NSW
More info: Art Music Awards