The Cochrane Smith Award for Sound Heritage celebrates the achievements of a person who has made a substantial contribution to the preservation, survival and recognition of sound heritage. It is named for Fanny Cochrane Smith, who features on the only known recording of Tasmanian Aboriginal songs and language.
This contribution can take a number of different forms:
- contribution to greater public recognition of the value of sound heritage
- technical innovation supporting preservation and dissemination of sound heritage
- scholarship, research and publication in the field of sound heritage
- commercial presentation and publication of heritage sound
- artistic achievement drawing on or informed by sound heritage
- advocacy, sponsorship and/or fundraising in support of sound heritage.