The Music Victoria Awards



The 2021 Music Victoria Awards were held at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Thursday 9 December. Catch up on the winners here.

Watch the Awards

Watch the Awards show below.

Hosted by Myf Warhurst

With performances by:

  • Emma Donovan & The Putbacks
  • Kerryn Fields
  • Maple Glider
  • Mindy Meng Wang x Tim Shiel

Latest Awards News

Catch up on all the 2021 Music Victoria Awards news here.


About the Awards


The Music Victoria Awards (previously known as The Age Music Victoria Awards) are an annual Awards program celebrating Victorian music.

The Awards consist of:

  • The Music Victoria Industry Awards (for Venues, Festivals, Producers and Outstanding Woman in Music categories)
  • The Music Victoria Awards (all other categories – for music makers)


What’s new in 2021?

A lot has happened since last year’s Awards, and Music Victoria would like to announce some new changes that come into effect this year. Firstly, the board would like to thank Awards founder and former CEO, Patrick Donovan for his outstanding work growing the Awards over the past 16 years, and welcome Music Victoria’s new CEO, Simone Schinkel to the role. A professional arts leader, Simone brings with her a celebrated reputation for strategic sector development, and a commitment to equity and justice, and she looks forward to celebrating with the local music community at her debut Music Victoria Awards this November.

“I’ve really tried to spend my early days in the role listening to the industry and I am delighted to introduce some changes in 2021, based on what I have been hearing. As part of our commitment to continual improvement we have refined our awards criteria, categories and judging processes which we believe will more accurately reflect and reward the diverse music community in Victoria. A Music Victoria Award nomination results in increased promotion, recognition and attention on your music, career, venue or festival – we encourage our members to get involved.
~ Simone Schinkel, Music Victoria CEO

Changes to the awards

  • A brand new category for Best Pop Act
  • The inaugural Arts Access Victoria Amplify Award (for deaf and disabled musicians)
  • All genre categories will now be assessed on the act rather than an album, with the requirement that nominees have released at least multiple recordings (ie: songs, works, pieces) between 1 July 2020 – 30 June 2021
  • You must be a paid Music Victoria member to be on the longlist or to nominate your favourite music act, venue, festival, producer or woman in music

Eligibility Criteria

– At least 50% of the act has been living in Victoria for the last two years, or uses Melbourne as a home base. If you are performing under a solo artist name, you must reside in Victoria to be eligible (residency of backing band is not considered).
– Created or produced multiple recordings (ie: songs, works, pieces) released between 1 July 2020 – 30 June 2021
– Ran a music festival or active music venue in Victoria between 1 July 2020 – 30 June 2021
For the Music Victoria Awards 2021, in light of the COVID-19 crisis, the Best Venue, Festival and Best Live Act categories include live streaming activity from Victorian venues, festivals and artists in the eligible time period.

The categories are:


* indicates the prize available for the award


Music Victoria Industry Awards:

  • Best Producer *$1000 voucher to spend on Yamaha gear (Sponsor: Yamaha)
  • Outstanding Woman In Music *$3,500 cash (Sponsor: City Of Melbourne)
  • Best Festival 
  • Best Venue (under 500 capacity) *Free tinnies (Sponsor: Brick Lane Brewing)
  • Best Venue (over 500 capacity) *Free tinnies (Sponsor: Brick Lane Brewing)
  • Best Regional and Outer Suburban Venue (under 50 gigs per year) *$3000 cash prize (Sponsor: Bendigo Bank)
  • Best Regional and Outer Suburban Venue (over 50 gigs per year) *$3000 cash prize (Sponsor: Bendigo Bank)

Music Victoria Awards:

  • Best Blues Act
  • Best Country Act
  • Best Electronic Act
  • Best Experimental or Avant-Garde Act
  • Best Folk Act
  • Best Heavy Act
  • Best Hip Hop Act
  • Best Intercultural (previously Global) Act
  • Best Jazz Act
  • Best Pop Act
  • Best Reggae and Dancehall Act
  • Best Rock/Punk Act
  • Best Soul, Funk, R’n’B or Gospel Act
  • Arts Access Amplify Award (for Deaf and Disabled acts~)  *$3000 cash prize (Sponsor: Arts Access Victoria) + rehearsal package (Sponsor: Bakehouse)
  • Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent (for First Nations acts)  *$3000 cash prize from the Archie Roach Foundation + rehearsal package (Sponsor: Bakehouse)
  • Best Regional/Outer Suburban Act *$3000 cash prize (Sponsor: Bendigo Bank)


Publicly Voted Categories

  • Best Band *$2,000 voucher to spend on Yamaha gear (Sponsor: Yamaha)
  • Best Album
  • Best Song
  • Best Solo Artist *$1,000 voucher to spend on Yamaha gear (Sponsor: Yamaha)
  • Best Musician *$1,000 voucher to spend on Yamaha gear (Sponsor: Yamaha)
  • Best Breakthrough Act *$1,000 value of custom-made merch (Sponsor: Sound Merch) and a rehearsal package (Sponsor: Bakehouse)
  • Best Live Act




These publicly voted categories have been nominated by an expert industry panel will be open to public voting in October 2021.

~ We use the term ‘Deaf and Disabled people/musicians’ in line with the Social Model of Disability




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