The annual Music Victoria Awards, formerly The Age Music Victoria Awards, has announced its return for its 16th year during Melbourne Music Week 2020.
As an event which sees the Victorian music industry celebrate the state’s outstanding achievements and best new releases, performers, venues and festivals, The Awards is one of the most anticipated music industry events on the Melbourne Music Week calendar. This year will be an extra special event, bringing the resilient Victorian music community together despite the COVID-19 crisis bringing live music to a standstill.
This year’s event sees Music Victoria introducing three new and updated categories. The new Outstanding Woman in Music award will highlight the achievements of women on stage and behind the scenes, with industry, management and crew all eligible for the new category, as voted by the Music Victoria Board.
The 2020 Music Victoria awards will also feature a new industry-voted category for Best Producer, as well as merging the Best Male and Best Female Musician categories to become the public-voted award for Best Musician. The Archie Roach Foundation Award for Best Emerging First Peoples Act will continue to provide one deserving artist with a cash grant and access to mentorship as part of the award.
The timeline for eligible best album, Song and individual genre categories has also been altered to align with the past financial year, meaning that all nominated music must have been released between September 1 2019 and June 30 2020. Any music released past July 1 will be considered for the 2021 awards.
“It’s been an incredibly tough year for the industry, but also a year where community spirit, ingenuity, and resilience have really come to the fore. The Victorian music community has so much to be proud of, and I encourage everyone to get involved with the Awards through submissions, voting and the event itself,” says Music Victoria Awards Event Producer, Laura Imbruglia.
Submissions are only open to Music Victoria members, who are able to nominate themselves or their favourite artists, venues and festivals. You can still sign up for a Music Victoria membership today and nominate yourself or those you love for your favourite Victorian releases, acts, venues and festivals of the year.
This year’s nominees will be announced in October.
Submissions are open until 5pm Monday July 20. For more information, visit the Music Victoria website.
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