Martin Armiger. 

Composer Martin Armiger, whose credits include Thank God He Met Lizzie, Young Einstein, The Secret Life of Us, Come In Spinner, Bodysurfers and Police Rescue, will be the recipient of the inaugural Distinguished Services to the Australian Screen Award at the upcoming Screen Music Awards.

Armiget began his music career as a singer, songwriter and guitarist for Melbourne rock band The Sports, and started composing for screen in 1972 with the short film Drac. From 1984, he was musical director for the ABC’s weekly pop music and drama series Sweet and Sour. 

Armiger is currently head of screen music at AFTRS and was previously president of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers president for seven years.

“I am awed and ‘umbled, shocked and delighted and very proud to be the inaugural recipient of this award. Can you be humble and proud at the same time? Well if you can be, I am. I want to say a thousand ‘thank yous’ to APRA AMCOS and the Guild for their support over a long period,” said Armiger.

The Distinguished Services to the Australian Screen Award is designed to honour outstanding contributions to the film and television industry, made by producers, directors, philanthropists, educators, music supervisors and event producers that provide promotion, opportunities and education for Australian screen composers. It replace the International Achievement Award,

The Screen Music Awards will be held in Melbourne November 13 at the Melbourne Recital Centre. View the nominees here.

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