Music Educating for Life Awards

ASME National Executive presented the inaugural ASME Music Educating for Life Awards during the ASME XIX National Conference held in Canberra in 2013. 

The intention of these Awards is to publicly recognise one award winner from each Chapter at the ASME National Conference. Subject to the resources of individual ASME Chapters, the award winner may receive some support towards attendance at the National Conference. The decision to offer the award is at the discretion of individual ASME Chapters. Any potential award applicants should register their interest with their local Chapter. The deadline for applications is 3 months prior to the next ASME National Conference, and applications should be submitted to the local ASME state chapter Chairperson.

Application form – here

The 2013 recipients were: 

Western Australia – Diane Durham

Victoria – Dr Rosalind McMillan 

The 2015 recipients were:

New South Wales – Andrew Mifsud

South Australia – Ben Fuller

Western Australia – Jane Alderson and Jan Ruscoe

The 2017 recipients were:

New South Wales – Greg Thwaites

South Australia – Janice Purdie

Victoria – Michael Travers

Western Australia – Jane Nicholas

The 2019 recipients were:

New South Wales – Alex Manton

Queensland – Dr Cade Bonar

South Australia – Sari Noble

Tasmania – Carolyn Cross

Victoria – Roland Yeung

Western Australia – Veronica Akse


One of the outcomes of the National Review of School Music Education (2005) was the establishment of the National Awards for Excellence in School Music Education which were funded by the Australian Government and administered by ASME, and were awarded annually during the period 2007 – 2011 (inclusive).

The funding provided thirteen $5,000 awards each year, and the awards process had some impact on publicly recognising the achievements of outstanding music teachers and school leaders which indirectly had some positive effect on the status of school music education. ASME’s submission for the continuation of the funding was not successful. Nevertheless, ASME continues to nationally recognise outstanding music educators through the ASME Music Educating for Life Awards.