The nominations for the 2013 Helpmann Awards have been announced simultaneously at events in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth. This is the first time the Nominations events were held concurrently in 6 cities and a first for Adelaide, Hobart and Perth.

The events in each city were attended by the local Performing Arts community in support of The Helpmann Awards and what they represent. The Nominations were announced by various acclaimed performers including David Atkins OAM, Christie Whelan Browne, Chloe Dallimore, Sharon Millerchip, Catherine McClements, Simon Gallaher, Cameron Goodall, Rob Mills and Erika Heynatz to name but a few.

Live Performance Australia (LPA) received an incredible 822 entries across 41 categories this year, making it one of the highest number of entries ever received in The Helpmann Awards 13 year history.

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George Souris, congratulated the nominees of the 2013 Helpmann Awards and said Sydney is proud to host this prestigious Australian event for the 13th year in succession.

“The Helpmanns are the premier awards event for the live performance industry. Our investment in the 2013 Helpmann Awards and the staging of them in Sydney reaffirms the NSW Government’s commitment to the arts and further strengthens Sydney’s position as the live performance capital of Australia,” Mr Souris said.

Chief Executive, Evelyn Richardson, said “The Helpmann Awards are the pinnacle ‘night of nights’ event for our industry, recognising the very best in live performances that annually attract over 17 million people to shows across the country with revenues topping $1.3 billion.”

“This year we are also delighted to announce additional Awards which will be presented at the ceremony. The Best Special Event Award will be presented to White Night Melbourne, Victorian Major Events Company on behalf of the State Government of Victoria.

The Helpmann Awards also incorporate the Brian Stacey Award for Emerging Australian Conductors. This year the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust announced Carolyn Watson as the winner of the award, also receiving an $8000 prize. Carolyn is a gifted musician and will use her prize money in further developing her talent and skill in musical direction and conducting.

The 13th Annual Helpmann Awards will be presented live in Sydney at SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE on Monday 29th July hosted by Eddie Perfect and Christie Whelan Browne, and broadcast on Foxtel’s Arena.

The NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, is a strategic partner for the 2013 Helpmann Awards.

Best Special Event

Nominee: Victorian Major Events Company on behalf of The State Government of Victoria
Production/Event: White Night Melbourne
Presenter(s): Victorian Major Events Company on behalf of The State Government of Victoria

Best International Contemporary Concert

Nominee: Coldplay and Chugg Entertainment
Production/Event: Chugg Entertainment
Presenter(s): Coldplay and Chugg Entertainment

Nominee: Barry Gibb and Live Nation Australasia
Production/Event: Live Nation Australasia
Presenter(s): Barry Gibb and Live Nation Australasia

Nominee: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Trombone Shorty and Bluesfest Touring
Production/Event: Bluesfest Touring
Presenter(s): Tedeschi Trucks Band, Trombone Shorty and Bluesfest Touring

Nominee: Bruce Springsteen, The E Street Band and The Frontier Touring Company in association with Jacobsen International
Production/Event: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Wrecking Ball 2013
Presenter(s): The Frontier Touring Company in association with Jacobsen International

Best Australian Contemporary Concert

Nominee: Neil Finn, Paul Kelly and Live Nation Australasia by arrangement with Artist Voice
Production/Event: Neil Finn & Paul Kelly
Presenter(s): Live Nation Australasia by arrangement with Artist Voice

Nominee: Keith Urban, Chugg Entertainment and Nine Live
Production/Event: Keith Urban – The Story So Far
Presenter(s): Chugg Entertainment and Nine Live

Nominee: Archie Roach, Jill Shelton, Sydney Festival, Perth International Arts Festival & Adelaide Festival
Production/Event: Into The Bloodstream: Archie Roach
Presenter(s): Producers Archie Roach & Jill Shelton. Presenters Sydney Festival, Perth Festival & Adelaide Festival

Nominee: Gotye and Chugg Entertainment in association with Lunatic Entertainment and Eleven Music
Production/Event: Gotye
Presenter(s): Chugg Entertainment in Association with Lunatic Entertainment and Eleven Music

Best Contemporary Music Festival

Nominee: Bluesfest Touring
Production/Event: The 24th Annual Bluesfest Byron Bay
Presenter(s): Bluesfest Touring

Nominee: The Falls Music & Arts Festival
Production/Event: The Falls Music & Arts Festival.
Presenter(s): The Falls Music & Arts Festival

Nominee: Lunatic Entertainment & Chugg Entertainment
Production/Event: Laneway Festival 2013
Presenter(s): Lunatic Entertainment & Chugg Entertainment

Nominee: Sydney Opera House Presents
Production/Event: Vivid LIVE 2012
Presenter(s): Sydney Opera House Presents