Australian Aria Awards Rocked by Class of '95

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This years Australian Aria Awards sees an unprecedented 9 Aria Award nominations in 8 of the 20 categories for 5 former students of the one performing arts training school - Australian College of Entertainment.

The Australain College of Entertainment keeps producing talent.

All 5 nominees were studying singing, dancing, acting and music at the Australian College of Entertainment in 1995 and were at the college for various periods of time in the 1990’s up to 6 years.

The nominations this year are as follows:

Album of the Year: Sarah Blasko

Best Children’s Album: Kathleen De Leon (Hi5)

Best Dance Release: Natalie Bassingthweighte (Rogue Traders)

Best Female Artist: Sarah Blasko, Natalie Imbruglia

Best Pop Release: Sarah Blasko

Breakthrough Artist (Album): Sarah Blasko

Highest Selling Album: Delta Goodrem

Highest Selling Single: Delta Goodrem

Over the last 8 years members of this group have received a total of 43 nominations for Aria awards and been successful in winning a total of 21 awards. (Details of previous nominations and Aria awards won are at the end of this release.)


The Australian College of Entertainment was founded in 1989 as a not-for-profit, charitable organization to promote education in the Media, Entertainment and the arts. The vision is to grow the college to become the media, entertainment and arts equivalent of the Australian Institute of Sport.

Glenn Stapleton, the founder, creative and business brain behind the college said, “Many fine professionals have trained at the College and now have careers in the industry both in Australia and internationally and are achieving significant successes in various areas of performance including singing, dancing, acting, musical theatre, Film, TV and the music recording industry. Students have also gone on to work behind the scenes in diverse areas of the industry in management and technical production.”

Mr. Stapleton rolled off a list that was close to a ‘who’s who’ of the industry today with names like Delta Goodrem, Natalie Imbruglia, Rebecca Cartwright, Natalie Bassingthweighte (Neighbours / Rogue Traders), Kathleen De Leon (Hi5), Sarah Blasko (nominated for 4 Aria Awards), Rachael Carpani (McLeod’s Daughters), Adam Saunders (Blue Water High), Chloe Zuel (Australian Idol), Amity Dry (the Block / Recording Artist), David Cutler (Lion King), Daniel Bustamante (Lion King – Young Simba), Phillip Filo (Grease & Tim Rice Spectacular), and the list goes on……..

Future Plans at Australian College of Entertainment

Mr. Stapleton went on to say that the next stage in the growth of the Australian College of Entertainment, is launching a selective entertainment focused school that will positively impact the future face of entertainment in Australia.

Competition will be intense for the limited places at this prestigious Performing Arts School so it is important that application forms to audition for entry and scholarships are sent in as soon as possible.

The Australian College of Entertainment (ACE) is auditioning for an elite group of children aged 5 to 11 years to be the first generation of talented children to study at the Australian College of Entertainment’s Performing Arts Primary School, which is being launched in 2006. The school will grow to a Kindergarten to Year 12 School in future years.

The school’s foundational strategy is to foster high academic achievement with a focus on developing and promoting the creative and performing arts talents of the students.

All students who wish to study at the school - must audition and only the best will receive an invitation to enroll. The school will be offering selected students scholarships sponsored by business groups that will be awarded on performing arts potential in singing, dancing, acting and music. The scholarships will cover the cost of both academic and performing arts education

At this stage, there will be 20 places in Kindergarten and 25 places in each of years 1 to 6 in the 2006 intake. This initial group of students will not only be the first group of students to be chosen, they will form the talent nucleus of the Australian College of Entertainment’s Performing Arts Primary and High Schools when it moves into its new purpose built campus at Rouse Hill. Until then, classes will be held in the former Castle Hill Primary School on Showground Road.

Call the Australian College of Entertainment’s Performing Arts School on 02 9680 7577 or visit their website at to receive your application to audition.

Entertainment industry - college town development in Sydney’s northwest

Further, the development of the “first of its kind” Creative Industries College Town facility at Rouse Hill in Sydney’s North West is planned to commence next year (2006).These new facilities will be a significant milestone in the modern history of the Media, Entertainment and Performing Arts Industry in Australia.

The facility is planned to eventually offer media, entertainment and performing arts focused education from primary school through high school to tertiary and university level training in all areas of the industry from performing to technical production and Management.

Additional to the educational facilities, the plans for the college town include commercial production and performance facilities for Film, Television, Radio, Multimedia and live theatre to complement the training organization and provide traineeships to students in all areas of the industry.

Media contact: Glenn Stapleton – 0416 171 000 (nfp)

Aria nominations and awards from 1998 to 2004

2004 - Winners

Delta Goodrem: Highest Selling Album

Kathleen De Leon (Hi5): Best Children’s Album

2004 - Nominations

Daniella Taliangis (Amica): Best Children’s Album

Delta Goodrem: Highest Selling Single

Best Female Artist

Best Pop Release

2003 – Winners

Delta Goodrem: Best Female Artist

Single of the year: born to try

Highest selling album: innocent eyes

Highest selling single: born to try

Breakthrough Artist: Album – innocent eyes

Breakthrough Artist: Single – born to try

Best Pop release: innocent eyes

Kathleen De Leon (Hi5): Best Children’s Album

2003 – Nominations

Sarah Blasko: Best Female Artist

Delta Goodrem: Album of the year

Highest selling single: innocent eyes

Highest selling single: lost without you

2002 – Winners

Kathleen De Leon (Hi5): Best Children’s Album

2002 – Nominations

Natalie Imbruglia" Best Female Artist

2001 – Winners

Kathleen De Leon (Hi5): Best Children’s Album

2000 - Winners

Kathleen De Leon (Hi5): Best Children’s Album

1999 – Winners

Natalie Imbruglia: Best Female Artist

Outstanding Achievement award

1999 – Nominations

Natalie Imbruglia: Highest Selling Album

1998 – Winners

Natalie Imbruglia: Best Female Artist

Best new talent

Single of the year

Breakthrough Artist: Album – left of middle

Breakthrough Artist: Single – Torn

Best Pop Release: left of middle

1998 – Nominations

Natalie Imbruglia: Album of the year

Highest selling single: Torn

Highest selling single: Big mistake


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