Music Victoria announce industry awards nominees, honouring our struggling Victorian live music venues
28.09.2021

Music Victoria announce industry awards nominees, honouring our struggling Victorian live music venues

The nominees for the Music Victoria Industry Awards have been revealed and you can read the full list right here.

Music Victoria is thrilled to announce the 2021 return of the Music Victoria Industry Awards. After the success of last year’s inaugural event, the Industry Awards will take place on Thursday 7 October ahead of the official 2021 Music Victoria Awards.

This year, not only will the free online event be available to live-stream via Music Victoria’s Youtube channel but will also be broadcast live to the Australian public on Channel 31.

Get a sneak peek here at the full shortlists for all the industry-voted awards that won’t drop their actual nominees until October 7.

The key takeaways

  • The Music Victoria Awards has announced its industry shortlist for 2021.
  • The Industry Awards will take place on Thursday 7 October ahead of the official 2021 Music Victoria Awards.
  • Industry-voted award nominees are announced on the day

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This year, the Industry Awards will be hosted by longtime PBS 106.7FM broadcaster, Emma Peel and acclaimed RRR 102.7FM presenter, Daniel James.

Emma and Daniel will announce the winners of seven industry-voted award categories including the Outstanding Woman in Music Award, Best Producer, Best Regional and Outer Suburban Venue (under 50 gigs per year), Best Regional and Outer Suburban Venue (over 50 gigs per year), Best Venue (under 500 capacity), Best Venue (over 500 capacity) and Best Festival, as well as announce the 2021 Music Victoria Awards nominees for the musician categories and the Hall Of Fame Inductees.

Music Victoria is excited to welcome new sponsor VMDO, who will award the winner of Best Producer with a $2000 cash prize, plus a Music Market co-work package. Bendigo Bank will be awarding the Best Regional/Outer Suburban Venue winners with a $3000 cash prize each, Brick Lane Brewing will gift tinnies packages to each of the Best Venues (over and under 500 capacity) and the winner of Best Festival will receive a three-year subscription to festival management software Loadin.

Finally, returning partner, the City of Melbourne, will grant a $3500 cash prize to the winner of the 2021 Outstanding Woman In Music Award, ​​making this award the biggest individual cash prize of the Music Victoria Awards.

The 2021 Industry Awards nominees include a slew of debut Award entrants including Brunswick Ballroom, LOOP Project Space & Bar, The Substation and Sidney Myer Music Bowl for Best Venues; Piano Bar, ​​The Macedon Railway Hotel, Vine Hotel and Tom Katz! @ Sorrento Portsea RSL for Best Regional/Outer Suburban Venues; and Melbourne Music Week-Extended, MPavilion 2020, The Secret Garden Gig Gathering for Best Festival.

With the top 10 shortlisted entrants already announced in each category on the Music Victoria website, the Industry Awards will reveal the final nominees for the remaining 16 industry-voted award categories and the seven public-voted award categories.

Public voting opens at the conclusion of the Industry Awards event on Thursday 7 October and the winners will be announced at the 2021 Music Victoria Awards at the end of the year. Stay tuned for the Awards date and venue announcement.

Music Victoria Industry Award Nominees

OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN MUSIC
Nominees:
Andrea Keller
Charlotte Abroms
Emily Ulman
Emma Donovan
Sarah Blaby

BEST PRODUCER
Nominees:
Alice Ivy
Anna Laverty
Becki Whitton
Eilish Gilligan
River Boy

BEST REGIONAL/OUTER SUBURBAN VENUE OVER 50 GIGS/yr
Nominees:
The Barwon Club Hotel, South Geelong
The Eastern, Ballarat
Piano Bar, Geelong
Sooki Lounge, Belgrave
Theatre Royal, Castlemaine

BEST REGIONAL/OUTER SUBURBAN VENUE UNDER 50 GIGS/yr
Nominees:
Halls Gap Hotel, Halls Gap
The Macedon Railway Hotel, Macedon
The Sound Doctor Presents, Anglesea
Tom Katz! @ Sorrento Portsea RSL, Sorrento
Vine Hotel, Wangaratta

BEST VENUE UNDER 500 CAP
Nominees:
Brunswick Ballroom, Northcote
LOOP Project Space & Bar, Melbourne
The Night Cat, Fitzroy
Northcote Social Club, Northcote
The Substation, Newport

BEST VENUE OVER 500 CAP
Nominees:
Corner Hotel
Forum Melbourne
Hamer Hall
Melbourne Recital Centre – Elisabeth Murdoch Hall
Sidney Myer Music Bowl

BEST FESTIVAL
Nominees:
Brunswick Music Festival
Isol-Aid
Melbourne Music Week – Extended
MPavilion 2020
The Secret Garden Gig Gathering

Other Announcements
Hall of Fame Inductees (announced Thursday 7 October)

Industry-voted Awards (Shortlisted Nominees announced Thursday 7 October):

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 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 Victoria Amplify Award (for deaf and disabled acts)
Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent (for First Nations acts)
and
Best Regional/Outer Suburban Act

Public-voted Awards (Shortlisted Nominees announced and voting open Thursday 7 October):

Best Album
Best Group
Best Song
Best Solo Artist
Best Musician
Best Breakthrough Act
Best Live Act

View the longlisted nominees in each category on the Music Victoria website.