Submissions for the 2022 awards are officially open as the whole state comes together to celebrate twelve months of amazing songs, albums, festivals and live shows.
Dedicated to acknowledging the strength and diversity of Victorian’s thriving music scene, Music Victoria – the voice for the Victorian contemporary music industry – have announced the return of their beloved Music Victoria Awards this November, celebrating a massive year of music for the state.
Long-heralded as Australia’s home of music, this year’s successes both across the country and overseas have cemented the state’s place at the head of Australia’s music table and now Music Vic are calling on Victorian music lovers help to shape this year’s nominees.
The key takeaways
- The Music Victoria Awards make their return in 2022
- The Music Victoria Awards are the chance for the public and industry to share the best local music they’ve discovered this year and give the recognition that those artists deserve
- Some changes have been made to the categories, with the award for ‘Best Festival’ splitting out into ‘Best Metro Festival’ and ‘Best Regional Festival’ and the introduction of a new category for ‘Best DJ’
- Submissions for the annual Music Victoria Awards are open now
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With beloved artists like The Avalanches, Vance Joy, Kylie Minogue, Crowded House, Nick Cave, Archie Roach, Shouse, Courtney Barnett, Teskey Brothers, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Amyl & the Sniffers, Gretta Ray, Dom Dolla, Emma Donovan, Tropical F*ck Storm, Hiatus Kaiyote, Tash Sultana, Mildlife and many others going on to receive ARIA nominations, smashing the airwaves or impacting live stages across the world, Victorian music has never been stronger across all genres of music.
Victoria’s post-COVID live scene also leads the country, going from strength to strength as one of the world’s live music capitals, continuing its dominance with venues going back to full capacity and festivals returning en masse.
“2022 is the time for celebration of artists and embracing the return of the Victorian music culture we all know and love,” said Music Victoria CEO Simone Schinkel.
“This year has been about reclaiming live music and discovering your new favourite artist. The Music Victoria Awards are the chance for the public and industry to share the best local music they’ve discovered this year and give the recognition that those artists deserve.”
This year, the awards will cover an even bigger footprint than ever before, with the award for ‘Best Festival’ splitting out into ‘Best Metro Festival’ and ‘Best Regional Festival’, spreading even more of the festive spirit across the state and celebrating the important events happening in Victoria’s vibrant regions.
This year’s event also welcomes a brand new category for ‘Best DJ’, providing an even bigger platform for the electronic and dance music communities with the awards and highlighting a huge part of Victoria’s ever-growing music scene. These new categories join beloved publicly voted categories like Best Album, Best Song, Best Group, Best Solo Artist, Best Large Venue (Metro), Best Small Venue (Metro), Best Regional Act, Best Regional Venue/Presenter (Established) and Best Regional Venue/Presenter (Emerging).
The industry-voted categories all return for 2022, including Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent, Arts Access Victoria Amplify Award, Best Intercultural Act, Best Producer and Best Musician, alongside categories for best works in Blues, Country, Electronic, Experimental or Avant-Garde, Folk, Heavy, Hip Hop, Jazz, Pop, reggae and dancehall, rock/punk, Soul, Funk, and R’n’B or Gospel.
Submissions for all these awards are now open and the public are invited to head to Music Victoria’s social platforms (Facebook / Instagram / Twitter) to tag the artists, venues and creatives they’d like to see nominated, while those working in the industry are invited to be part of Music Victoria and share in the celebration of music and important work that the organisation does for the sector.
“There’s amazing talent out there as Music Victoria knows,” said much-loved Victorian music champion Molly Meldrum. “It’s so important for them to be acknowledged and the Music Victoria Awards give them that.”
Submissions for the 2022 Music Victoria Awards are now open until midnight on Sunday 31 July, so be sure to head to the Music Victoria website to sign up, become a member (if you aren’t already) and make your submission today.