The twin Australian Sound Relief concerts raised more than $8 million Australian ($6.4 million) in support of bushfire and flood victims. Now organizers of the historic concerts might finally be called upon to take a bow.
The Frontier Touring Company, Chugg Entertainment, IMC and Mark Pope Music – organizers of the historic March 14 concerts — have scored a nomination in the Helpmann Awards, in the category for best special event
Trade association Live Performance Australia on Monday unveiled the list of nominations in each of 41 categories for its 2009 awards ceremony, to be held July 27 at the Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House.
The best contemporary music festival section category sees Big Day Out 2009 pitted against Homebake Music, Film & Arts Festival, V Festival and 2008 Queenscliff Music Festival.
Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” tour (Chugg Entertainment) is in the running for best international contemporary concert, in competition with tours from Neil Young (Vivian Lees and Ken West), Grace Jones (Presented by Sydney Festival) and the Leonard Cohen 2009 world tour (Frontier Touring).
Kylie Minogue’s Kylie X2008 tour (Frontier Touring) is shortlisted in the best Australian contemporary concert category, as are performances by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu (presented by WA, Perth International Arts Festival. NSW, Sydney Opera House Trust), Paul Kelly (One Louder and the Harbour Agency) and “Morning of the Earth – film and music live in concert” (Chugg Entertainment).
The annual gala is named in honor of the late Sir Robert Helpmann, a famed actor, dancer, choreographer and director. LPA established the event in 2001 to recognize excellence and achievement across all aspects of live performance.
This year’s ninth annual gala will be broadcast live on the pay-TV network Foxtel’s Bio Channel.