Singer-songwriter Paul Kelly received the Helpmann Awards most prestigious honour – the JC Williamson Award – at the 2015 ceremony, held at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney, on 31 July.
In his acceptance speech, he thanked his family and friends. “Your children, wives, girlfriends, friends who put up with you, who miss you, who support you, who’ve got your back, too, every step of the way,” he said. “There are quite a few people here tonight who have taken many of those steps with me. I hope we can take a whole lot more together.”
Meanwhile, Vivid Live 2015 won Best Contemporary Music Festival, Chet Faker took home the prize for Best Australian Contemporary Concert and Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Misérables was awarded Best Musical. Brisbane Baroque in association with QPAC received a swag of awards for its production of Faramondo, including Best Opera, Best Female Performer in an Opera, Best Female Supporting Role in an Opera and Best Male Supporting Role in an Opera.
And The Rabbits, an adaptation of John Marsden and Shaun Tan’s renowned children’s book by Kate Miller-Heidke, Iain Grandage and Lally Katz, also topped several categories: Best New Australian work, Best Children’s Work, Best Score and Best Costuming.
Paul Kelly’s Artist Manager, Bill Cullen from OneLouder Management will also be appearing on the panel of Music Australia’s next Music Talks Series, Live Music Frontiers. Live Music Frontiers will be held in various cities across the country and will examine the current state of play in live music, here and overseas – exploring developments, trends, challenges and opportunities.