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Nominations now open for the 2021 ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award

Do you know a Music Teacher that deserves an ARIA?

It’s time to shine a light on outstanding music teachers from across the country.

The Song Room, Telstra and ARIA are thrilled to announce that nominations for the fifth Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Award are now open!

2020 showed us how important music is to bring joy, connect community and build resilience. By recognising the hard work, creativity and dedication of our amazing music teachers, we highlight the importance of music education to engage students in their learning and enrich their lives.

Last year, Sarah Donnelley, from Wilcannia Central School, in NSW was awarded the 2020 ARIA for helping to harness the communal love of music in her community to bring previously disconnected students back into the classroom.

She was one of four music teachers from across Australia chosen as a nominee for the 2020 award. ARIA Ambassadors Chistine Anu, Brooke Boney, The Veronicas and Jimmy Barnes, teamed up with the nominees to help to tell their stories.

Want your teacher to be in the running to win the Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Award 2021? Enter them by 5:00pm AEST 18 June

Entries are Now Open!

Nominate an exceptional music teacher you know today.

This award is open to any teacher working on a music program in a school, kindergarten, early childhood centre, youth centre or private tuition music school in Australia.

Anyone from around the country – from students, school administrators, to friends, neighbours and family – can nominate their music teacher for consideration to win an ARIA.

Print out this downloadable A3 poster and put in the name of your favourite Music Teacher to drum up support around your school!

Teacher nominations close on 5:00pm AEST, Friday 18 June 2021.
It could be a music teacher you know accepting the ARIA Award this November!

To view the eligibility and judging criteria, and enter an inspiring music educator visit

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