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Incorporated as part of the Helpmann Awards, the J. C. Williamson Award (formerly the James Cassius Award) is the foremost honour that the Australian live entertainment industry can bestow. In awarding the J. C. Williamson Award, Live Performance Australia recognises individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Australian live entertainment and performing arts industry and shaped the future of the industry for the better.

The Award is named after entrepreneur James Cassius (J. C.) Williamson, who established the company J. C. Wiiliamson's Ltd. Often referrred to as 'The Firm', it went on to dominate the Australian theatre scene for much of the 20th century.

Source: Sighted: 29/11/2013.