Long-serving music teacher, pianist, instrumentalist, musical director and conductor, Megan Sullivan has been recognised as the Mildura Arts and Culture Advisory Committee’s 2020 Elliott Award recipient.

The award is Sunraysia’s highest accolade for achievement and contribution to arts and culture and was presented to Megan on Monday at an intimate event in front of close family and friends.

The presentation had been delayed for a number of months due to COVID-19.

Megan has dedicated her time and talents to the arts in Sunraysia for more than 40 years and has made a significant contribution to music and performing arts in the region.

She arrived in the region in 1977 and immediately got involved with various performing arts organisations as an accompanist, performer, musical director and mentor.

She is credited for being a major influence in the success in many local performing arts groups and has also dedicated many years to the Mildura Eisteddfod as a teacher, accompanist and volunteer.

Subsequently, she has played a major role in the development of numerous local artists.

Mildura Arts and Culture Advisory Committee Chair, Don Mayne congratulated Megan and thanked her for her efforts.

“There would literally be hundreds, if not thousands of people who have benefited from Megan’s outstanding dedication, talents and passion for music and the performing arts in our community,” Mr Mayne said.

“She has been a major contributor to making the thriving performing arts and music community in Sunraysia what it is today and that is a legacy that will stay with our region for many years to come.
“The Elliott Award is about recognising outstanding contribution to the arts, particularly where that contribution hasn’t been formally acknowledged, and Megan’s talents and contributions certainly fit this description.”