Submissions for The Music Victoria Awards are now open

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Submissions for The Music Victoria Awards are now open

It’s back baby!!

The Music Victoria Awards returns to the Melbourne Recital Centre in November 2019 for its 14th year.

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, and has been a long-running feature of Melbourne Music Week, which is this year enjoying its 10th anniversary (big congrats)!

And with a new year and the ever-evolving Victorian industry, we have some exciting changes to The Awards we all know and love!

Firstly, the name. Last year was the final year of The Age Music Victoria Awards as such, with The Age now stepping away from being a partner, and the awards continue in 2019 as the Music Victoria Awards, co-presented by Triple R 102.7FM and PBS 106.7FM.

Another change this year is the renaming of the Global category, which will now be called the Best Intercultural Act. Those interested can learn more about awards criteria and definitions here.

“Last year, we introduced a few changes to the awards categories, judging processes and the format of the event itself, which resulted in a more diverse and representative list of nominees,” says Awards event producer Laura Imbruglia. “I’m very proud to be producing the event again, and look forward to celebrating the wealth of great music made in Victoria.”

The Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent will continue to provide one lucky artist with a cash grant and mentorship as part of the Award, and this year, a small number of tickets will be available to the public and industry to attend the ceremony and the live performances, allowing the music fans to mingle with their favourite local artists. Tickets will be available to purchase in October.

And, one last change to the nominations submissions process, self-submissions are FREE this year, but only open to Music Victoria members. So if you’re Music Victoria Member, you may nominate yourself (or those you love) in the artists, venues and festivals categories until 5pm Saturday 31 August.

The categories open for submissions are:
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)
Best Festival

Best Blues Album
Best Country Album
Best Electronic Act
Best Experimental or Avant-Garde Act
Best Folk or Roots Album
Best Jazz Album
Best Heavy Album
Best Hip Hop Act
Best Reggae and Dancehall Act
Best Rock/Punk Album
Best Soul, Funk, R’n’B or Gospel Album
Best Emerging First Peoples Act
Best Intercultural Music Act
and Best Regional and Outer Suburban Act.

The remaining categories will be voted for by an expert industry panel and revealed at the Awards in November.

To be eligible for nominations, at least 50% of the act has been living in Victoria for the last two years, you have to have released an EP or album (category dependent) between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019, and of course, only Victorian venues or festivals.

Submissions are now open until 5pm Saturday 31 August. All nominees will be announced Thursday 10 October.

Members submit your entry or nomination via

If you’re not a member, you can sign up here

Photo by Martin Philbey