Funding for Shepparton’s illustrious piano award should be music to the ears of budding local pianists.
Fifty thousand dollars has been provided to the 2018 Australian National Piano Award, held in Shepparton every two years.
The Federal Government funding aims to help ensure pianists aged between 21 and 35 years will continue to compete for the top honours in the showcase of classical piano talent to be held in early September.
‘‘The government is pleased to support the ongoing viability of this significant Australian arts and cultural event, which started in 1992 and has evolved into one of the nation’s premier classical music competitions,’’ a Federal Government statement said.
‘‘The award has made a significant contribution to the region’s economy and promoted the pursuit of excellence in the arts.’’
‘‘It also provides regional audiences with access to world-class musical performances, while developing the skills of young Australian musicians,’’ it continued.