CANDELO musicians Heath Cullen and Melanie Horsnell are in the running for a special award.
Cullen and Horsnell have been long-listed for the prestigious Australian Music Prize (AMP).
They share the list of nominees with fine company like Paul Kelly, Nick Cave, The Drones, Gossling, Boy and Bear, Josh Pyke and Bob Evans.
The AMP was established to encourage, reward and promote excellence in Australian music.
This is achieved on an annual basis through the judgement of artists’ new albums which have been released commercially.
Cullen was nominated for his album The Still and The Steep, released in March 2013.
The Still and The Steep was recorded in Los Angeles with Jim Keltner, Larry Taylor and March Ribot.
Horsnell’s much-anticipated third album, The Cloud Appreciation Society, was recorded in Candelo and released last February.
In late 2013, Horsnell promoted the album during a tour of France.
The AMP was founded in 2005 and is supported by Coopers.
It was established in the spirit of the UK’s prestigious Mercury Music Prize.
Previous winners include The Drones, Augie March, Lisa Mitchell, Cloud Control and The Jezabels.
The AMP winner will be announced in February and they will take home $30,000.
For more information about the Australia Music Prize, visit www.thecoopersamp.com.au.