The Queen's Medal for Music is an annual award established
in 2005, is awarded to an outstanding individual or group of musicians who have
had a major influence on the musical life of the nation. The Medal may be
awarded to people of any nationality. The first recipient was the Australian
conductor Sir Charles Mackerras.
The medal recognises an individual who has had a major influence on the musical life of the nation. The nominating process for the award is overseen by a committee under the chairmanship of the Master of The Queen's Music, currently Judith Weir. The Committee's recommendation is then submitted to The Queen for her approval.