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Today, Music Victoria reveals the list of nominated artists, venues, festivals and music industry professionals for the 2023 Music Victoria Awards. The awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday 31 October at The Edge, Fed Square.

Voting is now open for Music Victoria Awards’ 12 publicly-voted categories, including Best AlbumBest Group, Best Regional Act, Best Metro Festival, Best Small Venue and more. Acclaimed artists Julia JacklinRVGCable TiesJen Cloher, and Forest Claudette have received nominations across multiple publicly-voted categories in this year’s awards.

The electrifying Miss Kaninna has been nominated for the Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent as well as Best Song or Track for her single Blak Britney. A proud Yorta-Yorta and Kalkadoon woman born and raised in lutruwita/Tasmania, Miss Kaninna carries forward the line of storytelling from the past, to the future. Through her music, she boldly shares the Blak experience of a young woman, in so-called Australia.

The genre-bending Forest Claudette is nominated for Best Solo Artist and Best Song for Mess Around (feat. EARTHGANG) from their new EP Everything Was Green, released in June this year. Born and raised in the Dandenong Ranges, they spent their school years honing their craft between piano, guitar, and vocals before realising that no teacher could show them how to write songs that authentically captured their experience as a black, queer person. Now 23-years-old, Forest Claudette uses music as a tool for self-discovery that speaks to fans across the world.

Rock icon Adalita joins Forest Claudette in the nominations for Best Solo Artist. Her impact has been deeply felt from her work as a solo artist and founding member of legendary Australian alt-rock band, Magic Dirt. First exploding into local consciousness back in 1991, Adalita’s career as a songwriter and performer has paved the way for women in Australian rock. Music Victoria’s 17 industry-voted categories include the Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging TalentMAV Diasporas Award, and the Arts Access Victoria Amplify Award.

Music Victoria have also announced that Kutcha Edwards and industry stalwart Kirsty Rivers will be inducted into the Music Victoria Hall of Fame at this year’s ceremony. Renowned for his prolific union of songwriting and activism, Kutcha Edwards has seen a remarkable, three-decade career as a solo artist and as a member in Watbalimba, Blackfire, and The Black Arm Band. As a survivor of the Stolen Generations and a proud Mutti Mutti man, these experiences have influenced his diverse creative output. Edwards’ ongoing contributions to Australian art are significant and powerful. Currently the Head of Music in Creative Australia’s Sector Development and Advocacy team, Kirsty Rivers’ monumental career has seen her head Creative Victoria’s Contemporary Music division, oversee the Victorian State Government’s Music Works program, establish a number of awards and Fellowships for music professionals, and complete a remarkable 17-year tenure as National Manager for Writer Services at APRA AMCOS. Informed by her commitment to the centrality of the artist and the empowerment of women and diverse communities within the sector, it comes as no surprise that Kirsty has been acknowledged as one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in Music on multiple occasions.

Simone Schinkel, Music Victoria’s CEO, says “our experts have spoken, and now it’s time for the public to have their say. Place your vote and let’s celebrate the Victorian music that made your year!”

Music Victoria saw a record number of entrants for this year’s awards, with over 1,200 artists, venues, festivals, and presenters putting themselves up for consideration. No matter if you’re an industry professional or music lover, voting is open and encouraged for all! Think back to the music got under your skin this year, the tracks that made you turn, the gigs you couldn’t stop thinking about. Voting is open until Friday 13 October at noon. Enter your vote to support your favourite artist and celebrate our scene!

​​The Music Victoria Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of musicians, venues, festivals, and industry professionals who contribute to the vibrancy and success of Victoria’s music scene. Past winners include one of Australia’s most exciting singer/songwriters, Mo’Ju, Zambian-born poet and rapper Sampa the Great, Yolŋu rapper, dancer and performer Baker Boy and Australian icon Paul Kelly. Music Victoria has inducted Archie RoachKylie MinogueOlivia Newton JohnMichael Gudinski and Vika & Linda into the Hall of Fame. Last year’s Hall of Fame inductees were Deborah Conway AM and Helen Marcou AM & Ian “Quincy” McLean AM.

Music Victoria acknowledges the rich contributions made by people from a variety of backgrounds to the Victorian contemporary music scene and is pleased to see that this diversity is showcased in this year’s list of nominees.

Stay tuned for the biggest celebration of Victorian music, as the Music Victoria Awards gears up for the awards ceremony this October. In the meantime, make your vote count across the publicly-voted categories before entries close on Friday 13 October.

Julia Jacklin at the 2022 Music Victoria Awards.



Award Categories

Industry voted categories

Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent (First Peoples entrants only)
Charlie Needs Braces
Jada Weazel
Kiwat Kennell
Miss Kaninna

Arts Access Victoria Amplify Award (Deaf and/or Disabled entrants only)
Artemis Muñoz
Jimmy from Thornbury
Katie Dey
Mathilde Anne

MAV Diasporas Award (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse entrants only)
Black Jesus eXperience
Don Glori
Mitch Tambo
Origami with Wang Zheng-Ting
The Cloud Maker

Best Blues Work
Damon Smith
Eddie Ink
Nigel Wearne
Paul Buchanan’s Voodoo Preachers
The Teskey Brothers

Best Country Work
Charlotte Le Lievre
De Porsal
Henry Wagons
Matt Joe Gow
Nathan Seeckts

Best Electronic Work
Close Counters
Memphis LK
The Oddness
Tim Shiel

Best Experimental or Avant-Garde Work
Aviva Endean
Fia Fiell
Maria Moles
Patrick Hartono
R. Rebeiro

Best Folk Work
Dandelion Wine
Folk Bitch Trio
Leah Senior
Lucy Wise

Best Heavy Work
The Maggie Pills

Best Hip Hop Work
Agung Mango
Strictly D.T
Teether & Kuya Neil
Yung Shōgun

Best Jazz Work
Don Glori
Fran Swinn
Joshua Moshe
Nat Bartsch
The Rookies

Best Pop Work
Mia Wray
Mitch Tambo

Best Reggae or Dancehall Work
Crown Heights
Killah Keys
Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Best Rock or Punk Work
Cable Ties
Cash Savage and the Last Drinks

Best Soul, Funk, R’n’B or Gospel Work
Forest Claudette
Surprise Chef

Best Producer
Anna Laverty
Candice Lorrae
Gab Strum
Lucy Blomkamp
Simon Lam

Best Musician
Daniel Farrugia
Immy Owusu
Jen Sholakis
Joshua Moshe
Sam Teskey

Publicly voted categories

Best Song or Track
RVG – Nothing Really Changes
Miss Kaninna – Blak Britney
Forest Claudette – Mess Around (feat. EARTHGANG)
NO ZU – Liquid Love
Julia Jacklin – Love, Try Not To Let Go

Best Album
Cable Ties – All Her Plans
Cash Savage and the Last Drinks – So This is Love
Jen Cloher – I Am The River, The River Is Me
Julia Jacklin – PRE PLEASURE
Teether and Kuya Neil – STRESSOR

Best Solo Artist
Forest Claudette
Gena Rose Bruce
Jen Cloher
Sarah Mary Chadwick

Best DJ
Cara Murphy

Best Group
Cable Ties
Folk Bitch Trio
Mindy Meng Wang 王萌 & Tim Shiel
Surprise Chef

Best Regional Act
Bones and Jones
Coda Chroma
Immy Owusu
Leah Senior
Watty Thompson

Best Metro Festival
Brunswick Music Festival (Wurundjeri)
Leaps and Bounds Music Festival (Wurundjeri)
Melbourne International Jazz Festival (Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung)
RISING Melbourne (Kulin Nation)
YIRRAMBOI Festival including The Archie Roach Block Party (Wurundjeri)

Best Regional Festival
Boogie – Tallarook (Taungurung)
Esoteric Festival – Donald (Dja Dja Wurrung)
OK Motels – Charlton (Dja Dja Wurrung)
Port Fairy Folk Festival (Gunditjmara)
Winter Sounds – Daylesford (Dja Dja Wurrung)

Best Large Venue (Metro)
Forum Melbourne (Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung)
Melbourne Recital Centre (Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung)
Northcote Theatre (Wurundjeri)
Palais Theatre – St Kilda (Boonwurrung)
The Corner Hotel – Richmond (Wurundjeri)

Best Small Venue (Metro)
Brunswick Ballroom (Wurundjeri)
Northcote Social Club (Wurundjeri)
Shotkickers – Thornbury (Wurundjeri)
The Gem – Collingwood (Wurundjeri)
The Night Cat – Fitzroy (Wurundjeri)

Best Regional Venue or Presenter (Under 50 gigs)
Meeniyan Town Hall – South Gippsland (Bunurong)
The Minerva Ballaarat (Wadawurrung)
The Blues Train – Bellarine Peninsula (Wadawurrung)
Trash Cult – Bendigo (Dja Dja Wurrung)
The Vine Hotel – Wangaratta (Bpangerang)

Best Regional Venue or Presenter (Over 50 gigs)
Caravan Music Club – Archies Creek (Boonwurrung)
Palais-Hepburn (Dja Dja Wurrung)
The Barwon Club Hotel – Geelong (Wadawurrung)
The Bridge Hotel – Castlemaine (Dja Dja Wurrung)
Volta – Ballarat (Wadawurrung)


9am Monday
3 July 2023


2pm Friday
21 July 2023


8am Thursday
14 September 2023

Public Voting

12 Noon Friday
13 October 2023


6pm Tuesday
31 October 2023

Contemporary Music Victoria Inc.
Unit 1, 35 Johnston Street
Collingwood Yards
Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country
Collingwood VIC 3066

Music Victoria advocates, celebrates and supports on the unceded lands of the peoples of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders, past and present, as well as to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We deeply respect the role that music and songlines play and have played in the continuation of their culture for the past 60,000+ years.