The Prize, awarded in three categories, was developed in honor of our friend and colleague Creative Director Brent Grulke, who passed away on August 13, 2012.
Brent Grulke had a lengthy career in many aspects of the music industry from music editor at the Austin Chronicle to sound engineer or tour manager for many Austin bands as well as production and sound engineer in clubs in San Francisco. He later moved to Los Angeles to become the manager at Spindletop Records which eventually led him back to Austin where he was the longtime Creative Director of the SXSW Music Festival.
Brent's love of music and the spirit of the festival is reflected in the three Prize categories: Developing US Act, Developing Non-US Act and Career Act.
The Developing Act Prize is for artists who are breaking new ground with their creativity and show the most promise in achieving their career goals. The Career Act Prize is for an established artist who appeared at SXSW 2013 to reinvent themselves or launch an important new project.
SXSW 2013 Grulke Prize Winners
Developing US Act - Haim
"We are so honored to have won this award, we've played some of our best shows at SXSW. We have gained so much from our experiences at the festival and are so happy to be in such great company. We can't wait for next year." - Haim
Developing Non-US Act - CHVRCHES
"We were humbled and honoured to receive this prize. Not only on account of its nature, but also in light of all the sensational talent that was in attendance that week in Austin. SXSW 2013 was a fantastic experience for us, playing alongside incredible musicians and forging new friendships. You can't ask for much more than that!" - Lauren Mayberry, CHVRCHES
Career Act - The Flaming Lips
"What a great surprise and wonderful acknowledgement. We always knew there was a true weirdo and visionary behind the creation of SXSW. And for us to receive this wonderful recognition is akin to the Tin Man receiving his heart from the Wizard of Oz." - Wayne Coyne, The Flaming Lips
Photo Credits, from top:
Brent Grulke, 1961-2012
Haim, photo courtesy of band
CHVRCHES, photo by Roger Kisby for Wire Image
The Flaming Lips, photo by George Salisbury