The Music Victoria Awards return for 2021, celebrating the resilience of the Victorian music community over the past 12 months

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The Music Victoria Awards return for 2021, celebrating the resilience of the Victorian music community over the past 12 months

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This is your chance to nominate yourself or your favourite Victorian music act, venue, producer, woman in music or festival of the year.⁠

The Music Victoria Awards are back for 2021 to celebrate the Victorian music communities huge achievements this year, despite facing one of their toughest times in history.⁠

As an event that 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. Now in its 17th iteration, the Music Victoria Awards will debut the Best Pop Act award category in 2021, and have simplified constraints for the industry-voted genre categories to make them uniform.

The key takeaways

  • The Music Victoria Awards make their return in 2021
  • Come changes have been made to the awards to reflect the changing nature of music
  • Submissions for the 17th Music Victoria Awards are open now

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To address the changing nature of the way music is released and consumed, all genre categories will now be assessed on the ‘act’ rather than their ‘album’, with the requirement that nominees have released at least multiple recordings in the eligible time period.

Due to the COVID circumstances of the past year, the categories for Best Venue, Festival and Live Act can include livestreaming activity from Victorian venues, festivals and artists in the eligible time period.

Music Victoria’s newly-appointed CEO, Simone Schinkel, said she had tried to spend her early days in the role listening to the industry and was delighted to implement the changes based on what she had been hearing.

“As part of our commitment to continual improvement we have refined our Awards criteria, categories and judging processes which we believe will more accurately reflect and reward the diverse music community in Victoria,” she said.

“A Music Victoria Award nomination results in increased promotion, recognition and attention on your music, career, venue or festival – we encourage our members to get involved.”

To nominate for the awards, you need to be an active Music Victoria member, with concession memberships starting at $33.

Submissions for the 2021 Music Victoria Awards are open from now until midnight Tuesday July 20. You can vote here.