• Angus Mason, photo by Olivia Power

Angus Mason wins inaugural Mike Stewart Memorial Award

21 October 2016

Angus Mason, an emerging contemporary jazz drummer and Elder Conservatorium of Music graduate has been awarded the inaugural Mike Stewart Memorial Award, valued at $7,500.

The Mike Stewart Memorial Award, presented by the Helpmann Academy and JazzSA Inc., was launched this year to honour the legacy of Adelaide Jazz Icon Mike Stewart, and provide an outstanding early career jazz musician with opportunities to help establish themself as a professional musician.

The award 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. Mike Stewart was a friend and a role model, so winning this award has special significance for me.”

Ross McHenry said that the board of Jazz SA was thrilled to offer Angus the inaugural Mike Stewart Memorial Award.

“Angus is one of the hardest working, most dedicated, most 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.” Ross said.

Mike Stewart was unifying figure in the Adelaide jazz community who inspired a generation of musicians to follow his strong example and pursue musical careers in Adelaide, New York City and beyond. The Mike Stewart Memorial Award has been created so that emerging musicians can access funds at a pivot moment in their careers, and help secure the future of an Australian jazz scene.

Massive congratulations to Angus!

Header photo by Olivia Power.

The Mike Stewart Memorial Award is presented in partnership with JazzSA Inc.