Paul Kelly to receive Australia’s prestigious live performance industry accolade

Paul Kelly to receive Australia’s prestigious live performance industry accolade

In recognition of his longstanding contribution to the live performance industry, Live Performance Australia (LPA) is honoured to announce Australian music icon, Paul Kelly, as the recipient of this year’s JC Williamson Award®.

The JC Williamson Award® is bestowed on an individual who has made a truly outstanding contribution to the enrichment of the Australian live entertainment and performing arts culture and shaped the future of the industry for the better.

Mr Kelly’s prolific and influential career spans more than 35 years and reflects a passion and commitment to creating, performing and producing music. His career boasts twenty recorded studio albums as well as several film soundtracks, two live albums, and a critically acclaimed memoir.

During the past 35 years, Mr Kelly has come to be recognised and respected as one of Australia’s most accomplished songwriters and performers, with many of his songs now lodged deeply into the Australian psyche. He has been lauded as a poet and storyteller who captures the essence of what it is to live in this country with all its complexities and foibles.

Mr Kelly holds a formidable reputation as a performer who transcends boundaries and is a source of inspiration for not only musicians, but the broader live performance industry. His commitment to mentoring and supporting younger artists is legendary as is his engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians and communities.

Mr Kelly’s contribution to the live performance industry is enormous and it is an honour to bestow the prestigious JC Williamson Award® upon such a worthy recipient.

Mr Kelly will be presented with the JC Williamson Award® honouring his extraordinary career at the 15th annual Helpmann Awards Ceremony to be held at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on Monday 27 July. The JC Williamson Award® is proudly supported by Foxtel’s newly launched channel, Foxtel Arts, a high definition channel dedicated to arts, artists and a diverse heritage of creative expression.

To read the full 2015 JC Williamson Award® announcement, visit Helpmann Awards news.