Jazz Drummer wins Jazz Award

Image on leftElder Conservatorium of Music graduate, Angus Mason, has been awarded the Helpmann Academy’s inaugural Mike Stewart Memorial Award, valued at $7500.

The Award provides an outstanding early career jazz musician with the opportunity to help establish themself as a professional musician. It will enable Angus to undertake a 10-week mentorship in New York, City, as well as record an album and embark on an Australian tour.

Elder Conservatorium of Music graduate, Angus Mason, has been awarded the Helpmann Academy’s inaugural Mike Stewart Memorial Award, valued at $7500.

The Award provides an outstanding early career jazz musician with the opportunity to help establish themself as a professional musician. It will enable Angus to undertake a 10-week mentorship in New York, City, as well as record an album and embark on an Australian tour.

Ross McHenry, JazzSA Inc Board Member, presented the award to Angus at Helpmann Academy’s 2016 Wrap Up Party held at Bendigo and Adelaide Bank on Thursday 20 October.

Angus said that winning the award meant a lot to him professionally and personally – ‘winning this award means I’ll be able to achieve goals that wouldn’t have been possible without this financial backing’.

Ross McHenry said that the board of JazzSA was thrilled to present Angus with the award,

“Angus is one of the hardest working, dedicated, passionate and brilliant musicians the state of South Australia has ever produced. Everything that Angus has achieved, he has earned through dedication and perseverance.”

“We have absolute confidence that Angus will translate this opportunity into incredible future achievements. This is just the beginning for Angus, we are certain that he will reward us all with a lifetime of artful creativity and for this we feel extremely thankful.”

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