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PROJECT 1 - Your ARIA Hall of Fame Nomination


Being in a Hall of Fame means you’re being publicly honoured for the creative area in which you work. In Australia the ARIA Hall of Fame has been running since 1988 and includes music performers, producers, songwriters and people who have strongly influenced the Australian music industry and culture. ARIA stands for the Australian Recording Industry Association. Each year one or more people are inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Recent inductees include 2015 Tina Arena in 2015 and Crowded House in 2016.

You can watch a Channel 10 report about the 2010 ARIA Hall of Fame inductees here.

Read more about the ARIA Hall of Fame here and here


Class Discussion Points

  • Why do we recognise someone’s ability in their field of work? Why are these talents publicly acknowledged and celebrated? How do you feel when you get a compliment? How does it feel when someone says you have done well or succeeded at something?

  • Think about the name Hall of Fame. What, in your opinion, is fame? Is fame positive or negative? What can fame be used for? What is the difference between Fame and Celebrity?

  • Read through the following quotes and definitions of fame. Which resonate with you? Why? Can you find any other definitions or quotes about fame that you agree with?

"… very big and very visible personal success." -
From Fame 101

"Fame for me is not external, it’s internal. So I’ve been famous for a long time." - Lady Gaga

the state of being known or recognized by many people because of your achievements, skills, etc. - The Cambridge Dictionary

"Fame itself... doesn’t really afford you anything more than a good seat in a restaurant." David Bowie

Fame means millions of people have the wrong idea of who you are. - Erica Jong

If you come to fame not understanding who you are, it will define who you are. - Oprah Winfrey


  • What are the positives and negatives of fame?
  • Does success always lead to fame? Why / why not? Can you think of any specific examples?

A philosophical discussion of Fame can be found on YouTube here.

Induction Criteria
You can find the Induction criteria for the ARIA Hall of Fame here.

There are 5 criteria that potential inductees need to meet (summarised below in a simpler format).

Discuss these criteria: Do you agree with them? What do they mean to you?

You can be inducted into the Hall of Fame if -

You are involved in any genre (type) of music.
You have been doing really well in your career for about 20 years.
You have been involved in making recorded music. This can be someone who writes music that’s been recorded, records the music, produces the music (says which bit goes where and how the song should sound) or plays the music that’s being recorded.
You have written / played / recorded or produced a LOT of songs.
Your work has influenced a lot of people in Australia and / or all over the world. It doesn’t mean that the general public necessarily know who you are by name, but they would feel like your work (the music) is important to them. This means the work (music) is likely to influence history and change people’s lives. This is what is known as cultural impact.

One example of cultural impact is shown in this statement by Missy Higgins about Crowded House "I grew up singing Crowded House songs, learning 'Better Be Home Soon' was how my brother and sister and I learnt to harmonise with each other. Their songs are so deeply embedded in my memories of childhood, and learning how to be a songwriter. They were like The Beatles to me, with such deceptively brave chord progressions and lyrics that just seemed to sing themselves. I still aspire to write a song half as good as 'Fall At Your Feet'."

Discuss this quote with the class. If you created your own Australian Music Hall of Fame, what would your induction criteria be? How does your criteria compare to the actual ARIA Hall of Fame criteria? What made you make changes to the criteria or not?

The ARIA board decides who is inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. You can nominate someone here.

In 2017/18 the board is made up of 5 people who are important in the recorded music industry through their work with record companies and labels, both commercial and independent. What do you think are the pros and cons of this method of choosing the person who will be inducted? What would be another way of choosing the person? What do you think are the important considerations when putting together a selection panel for an award? How do you create the perfect group of people for making that choice?

Here is a list of people who have been inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. You can see some photos for each year here. You may like to listen to the music of these artists. 

  • In small groups, ask students to choose one of the Hall of Fame inductees and find out:
    • How long did it take them to get into the Hall of Fame after they put out their first record? 
    • Why they were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Is there anyone who has been inducted into the Hall of Fame twice?
    Compare findings with other groups. Which artists took the longest and shortest times to be inducted into the Hall of Fame? Why do you think this was the case?
  • Show the list of ARIA Hall of Fame winners to someone much older (parents, grandparents, older family friends, other teachers). See if they have any stories about these musicians. What does their music mean to them?

New inductees

  • In 15 - 20 years from now, artists who are putting out their first records now will be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Research a current Australian musician you think may be eligible in the future. What is it about their career already that suggests they will achieve the level of fame necessary to be inducted into the Hall of Fame? Some things you can look into are number of ARIA awards won, record sales, number of albums, and public opinion.
  • How would you present your choice to a committee and convince them you’re right?

Display / Exhibition

  • You’ve been asked to put together a poster, table display or online gallery that demonstrates the significance of your inductee. What would you include and why? How would you communicate your choice to the general public?

Further resources

PROJECT 2 - An exhibition of Me
Your life has been a series of interesting events. You’ve done amazing things, visited incredible places, learned valuable skills and met wonderful people. What are the highlights of your life? The moments that really sum up what it’s like to be YOU? You have been selected as one of the most interesting people on the planet (you are!!) – and you’re going to put on an exhibition of artefacts that tell the story of you.


Your first task is to make a list of artefacts from your life that should be included in the exhibition. You could include things like your first teddy, a photograph of your family, the football boots you wore when your team played in the final, a painting you made, or a video clip of you performing in a concert. 


As curator of the Exhibition of You, you will need to research the artefacts going into the exhibition. Visitors to your exhibition will want to know the significance of each artifact. Research will help you educate and inform your visitors. Fill in one Catalogue Worksheet for each item you are putting into the exhibition. 


Plan the Exhibition of You. Take a walk around the exhibition space (maybe your classroom or the school gym) and think about where you could place the items in your exhibition. Some items might need to be placed on a table or a plinth. Plan out everything you will need to install into the exhibition. You could make a model version of the exhibition space so it’s really clear how the exhibition will look. 


Install the exhibition:

  1. Selected artworks and artefacts are brought out of storage. Breakable items will be wrapped in bubble wrap or newspaper and carefully moved. 
  2. The exhibition space is prepped: walls cleaned, artificial walls (partitions) moved or added, display cases and plinths custom built and moved into the space. Lighting is adjusted in accordance with how the items will be displayed. 
  3. Curators prepare information cards to be placed next to items. The cards will include artist details, name of artwork / artefact, materials, date created, and any interesting information about the item. 
  4. Place the artworks and artefacts around the space according to the curator’s instructions. Some items may need to be assembled, some hung on the walls, some positioned in display cases or on plinths or mannequins. Information cards are also fixed to the walls next to displays.


Invite people to come to your exhibition. You could make a flyer or email telling people about the exhibition. You could even have a grand opening event!

Victorian Curriculum Links:

Learning Areas Capabilities
The Arts
  • Music
    • Respond and Interpret
  • Visual Arts
    • Explore and Express Ideas
    • Present and Perform
    • Respond and Interpret
  • Visual Communication Design
    • Explore and Represent Ideas
    • Present and Perform
    • Respond and Interpret
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Personal and Social
  • Speaking and Listening


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