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Arts Access Victoria Amplify Award for a Deaf and/or Disabled Musician

Diaspora Awards for a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Musician

These 2 awards have been created for, by and with creatives in their communities, as an artistic intervention to increase visibility, participation, and equity in the music scene towards a new music ecology.

Entrants in these categories must:

  • have been active between 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2024. This can include rehearsing, performing (live or online), writing, collaborating and/or releasing music.
  • have recorded audio of at least 1 song or track. This can be a home recording, demo, live performance or previously released single.
  • identify as a member of the relevant community. (Groups must be creatively led by members of the relevant community.)

Full eligibility details can be found in the submission form.

Judging for this category is completed by a panel, made up of members of the relevant community, who are paid an honorarium for their contribution.

Singing Our Futures Acknowledgement for Emerging First Nations Talent

With First Nations Artists now winning and nominated across every category, in 2024 the Archie Roach Foundation are enabling Music Victoria to focus on making the process more culturally appropriate. This will see Music Victoria begin the process by developing a guidance group who will set the timelines, eligibility, criteria, and prize for 2024 and offer wrap around support via the Singing Our Futures program.

“Competition was never something that Dad was keen on.” – Amos Roach

“It’s great Music Victoria is still supporting and honouring Indigenous musicians. Our Songlines always have and always will continue.” – Kutcha Edwards

“We are delighted to see that the Music Victoria Awards will continue to uplift and showcase emerging First Nations talent in Victoria.” – Uncle Robbie, Songlines

“Having a specific First Nations award acknowledges the many barriers First Nations people have to overcome in the industry and generates multiple opportunities for all nominees.” – Bumpy, previous Nominee and Winner.

“Singing Our Futures is a program inspired by Uncle Archie Roach AC AM and his deep commitment to providing Emerging First People with meaningful opportunities in Music. It is a significant part of his legacy, and we look forward to contributing to this category at the Awards.” – Candice Lorrae, Producer/Program Manager

To be kept across this process of evolution please sign up here.

“We thank all past ARF award entrants, nominees, winners, judges, performers, members and Aboriginal Elders past and present, and the wider First People music community for their ongoing engagement and commitment to continuing culture.” – Simone Schinkel, CEO, Music Victoria

If you are a First Nations artist based in Victoria in your first 5 years of practice, let us know below:

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We just want to know who is out there making music! You can include where you are from, what you do, your links with the music industry/community, website or wikipedia link as well as any other relevant information.

Entries
Open

9am Monday
1 July 2024

Entries
Close

2pm Friday
19 July 2024

Nominees
Announced

9am Monday
2 September 2024

Public Voting
Closes

12 noon Tuesday
1 October 2024

Awards
Ceremony

6pm Thursday
24 October 2024

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.