Curator, academic and musicologist Robyn Holmesis to be the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Services to Australian Music Award, as announced by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre. The prestigious award will be presented to her later this month at the Art Music Awards, an annual celebration of Australian contemporary classical, jazz and experimental music.

Robyn Holmes. Photo © Steven Lloyd Photography

“Robyn Holmes’ contribution to Australian cultural life over many years is indeed significant, and her fine achievement in collecting and preserving the legacies of others has facilitated access for all to the people and the stories that shape our art form,” said CEO of the Australian Music Centre, John Davis.

In her 40-year career, Holmes has held multiple academic positions, most significantly at the ANU School of Music. It was there that she oversaw and spearheaded significant curriculum reviews and the development of multiple programs. She also occupied roles at a number of other national music and education organisations, including the Australian Society for Music Education, the Musicological Society of Australia, and the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (Australian Branch). Holmes also served as...