The Music Victoria Awards

 

 

 

 

Submissions for the 2021 Music Victoria Awards have closed. The shortlist will be announced here in early September 2021.

 

 

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
  • All genre categories will now be assessed on the act rather than 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 for submission are:

Music Victoria Industry Awards:

  • Best Producer *$1000 voucher to spend on Yamaha gear sponsored by Yamaha
  • Outstanding Woman In Music
  • Best Festival
  • Best Venue (under 500 capacity)
  • Best Venue (over 500 capacity)
  • Best Regional and Outer Suburban Venue (under 50 gigs per year) *$3000 cash prize sponsored by Bendigo Bank
  • Best Regional and Outer Suburban Venue (over 50 gigs per year) *$3000 cash prize sponsored by 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
  • Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent (for First Nations acts) *$3000 cash prize sponsored by the Archie Roach Foundation
  • Best Regional/Outer Suburban Act *$3000 cash prize sponsored by Bendigo Bank

The remaining categories (Best Band, Best Album, Best Song, Best Solo Artist, Best Musician, Best Breakthrough Act, Best Live Act) will be nominated by an expert industry panel and open to public voting in October. Last year’s inaugural Outstanding Woman in Music Award will once again be voted upon by the Music Victoria Board.

How to nominate



Submissions for the 2021 Music Victoria Awards have closed. The shortlist will be announced here in early September 2021.

 

 

 

 

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