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Visit Victoria and Music Victoria have partnered to engage six artists and bands from Phillip Island, Bendigo, the Dandenong Ranges, Geelong and the Bellarine, Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges and the Mornington Peninsula to create unique playlists that reflect their region’s sound.

This running initiative began last year with Evelyn Ida Morris, Tom Richardson, Alice Skye, This Way North, Benny Walker and Harry Hook Is Real. The series celebrates Victoria’s talented musicians and performing arts culture. It is supported by Visit Victoria’s Stay close, go further campaign, encouraging Victorians to turn the music up, hit the road less travelled and explore more of what Melbourne and regional Victoria has to offer.

Meet the makers below:

Phillip Island - Dainis & Ambrin (Cool Sounds)

“Phillip Island is a great place to relax for a few days, go to the beach and on walks... If you head down at low tide you can walk inside and around a little cave that is on the beach. It can look particularly amazing when the sun shines in and creates shafts of light throughout.”

Get to know Dainis & Ambrin from Cool Sounds as they share their favourite spots in Phillip Island.

Bendigo - Allara

“This playlist represents a glimpse of the music being created across so-called-Victoria. Before this place was ever a goldfield… before it was Upside-down Country, it was, and always will be, Djaara Dja."

Yorta Yorta winyarr Allara shares her favourite destinations in Bendigo and beyond.

Dandenongs - Jonnine Standish

“It’s an inspiring and fascinating insight into the traditional lifestyle of Wurundjeri Ancestors. I loved finding out about some traditional Wurundjeri medicinal uses of plants and berries. I did this walk with my bandmate Nigel, and we learnt so much about the healing history of the forest where we make our music.”

Get to know genre-defying Jonnine Standish as they share their favourite spots in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.

Bellarine - Hollie Joyce

“Bellarine (Bellawiyn) is known as a resting place, I think that is why so much creativity comes out of here. This playlist captures the history and the future of the music community, as well as the memories I have as a younger musician.”

Hollie Joyce shares her favourite spots in Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula.

Daylesford - Jae Laffer

“There's really old botanical gardens, which open up to the old viaduct. It plays with your eyes because it's like a backdrop from a Charles Dickens book. If you go up and around, you can walk along the dam wall and make it into a beautiful old cemetery.”

Singer-songwriter Jae Laffer shares his favourite spots in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges.

Mornington Peninsula - Aaron Schultz

“This playlist encapsulates some classic Peninsula artists that I would often (and still do) watch and play alongside, along with some of the best up and coming artists from the area. I also added some of my favourite Victorian road trippin' tracks! ”

Get to know musician Aaron Schultz as he shares his favourite spots in the Mornington Peninsula.

Time is running out for your chance to have your music, venue, festival or production work celebrated!

Submissions for the Music Victoria Awards are closing at 11.59PM on Sunday 31 July. Did you release music in the 21/22 financial year?⁠

Submit your music! You must be an Essentials+ Music Victoria member to submit your work (sign up here).⁠

The submission is best filled in on a computer.

Have you tried and had IT issues?
Some members have reported IT issues with our submission portal this year. We apologise if you were impacted, and we are confident the bugs have now been ironed out.⁠ If you encounter any issues, please email mvawards(at)musicvictoria(dot)com(dot)au

Submissions for the 2022 Music Victoria Awards are now open until midnight on Sunday 31 July, so be sure to become a member (if you aren’t already) and make your submission today.


Submissions are now open for:


Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent
Arts Access Victoria Amplify Award
MAV Diasporas Award (previously Global)
Best Blues Work
Best Country Work
Best Electronic Work
Best Experimental or Avant-Garde Work
Best Folk Work
Best Heavy Work
Best Hip Hop Work
Best Jazz Work
Best Pop Work
Best Reggae and Dancehall Work
Best Rock/Punk Work
Best Soul, Funk, R’n’B or Gospel Work
Best Producer
Best Musician


Best Album
Best Song
Best Group
Best DJ (NEW)
Best Solo Artist
Best Metro Festival (NEW)
Best Regional Festival (NEW)
Best Large Venue (Metro)
Best Small Venue (Metro)
Best Regional Act
Best Regional Venue/Presenter (Established)
Best Regional Venue/Presenter (Emerging)