It’s that time of year again folks! The Music Victoria Awards are back, announcing their triumphant return in 2021 with submissions now open for the 17th annual instalment. Every year the Music Victoria Awards looks back on the incredible achievements of the Victorian music community over the previous 12 months, and despite 2020 being one of the toughest years the sector has ever seen, there is still plenty to celebrate.
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
To nominate you simply need to have an active paid membership of Music Victoria.
Each paid membership (starting at $77 or $33 concession) allows one nomination per team member, with higher-tiered memberships able to submit multiple nominations (as they have more team members associated with their membership fee).
Submissions for the 2021 Music Victoria Awards are now open until midnight Tuesday 20 July. Sign up as a paid member if you aren’t already and make your submission today.
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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.
Music Victoria acknowledges the rich contributions made by people from a variety of backgrounds to the Victorian contemporary music scene. These Awards are our chance to capture, celebrate and reward the great music that has been made here in the past year.
We aim to have a diverse group of people acknowledged as part of these awards and as such, we strongly encourage applications by First Nations people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Deaf and Disabled people, and people from the LGBTIQA+ community.
Submissions are now open until midnight Tuesday 20 July. Shortlists will be published in September, with nominee announcements to follow soon after.
Paid members can submit their entry or nomination here.
Not a member yet? Sign up here.
Music Victoria thanks Major Partners Bendigo Bank, City Of Melbourne, Creative Victoria and Melbourne Recital Centre, and Event Partners Brick Lane, Channel 31 and Moshtix for their ongoing support of the Music Victoria Awards.