Musicians involved in jazz performance and composition were among the winners of the 2009 Classical Music Awards. The Awards were presented by the Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) and the Australian Music Centre (AMC), at Playhouse Theatre at the Sydney Opera House.

Tura New Music and Australian Art Orchestra received the award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Music in a Regional Area, for the 2008 Crossing Roper Bar Tour. Tura New Music presented the 2008 Tour with Paul Grabowsky, the Australian Art Orchestra, and the Young Wagilak Group from Ngukurr, Arnhem Land. Crossing Roper Bar is an electrifying marriage of the very old with the very new: the tour consisted of visits to regional centres and remote communities from Darwin to One Arm Point for public concerts as well as schools presentations and workshops.

Tony Gould, David Jones and Imogen Manins were awarded the prestigious Instrumental Work of the Year for their piece The River meets the Sea.

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