In the early years, the Music Victoria Awards were a relatively small affair, with only a few categories and nominees.
However, as the Australian music scene has continued to grow and develop, so to have the awards.
One of the things that sets the Music Victoria Awards apart is our deep commitment to promoting diversity and inclusivity in the music industry.
Patrick Donovan started the Awards in 2005 to celebrate The Age Entertainment Guide’s 21st anniversary, with the event taking place at the Prince Bandroom. He ran them for six years as The Age EG Music Awards before leaving The Age.
Mary Mihelakos then ran them for two years, moving them to Billboard in the city, and in 2013, the Age and Music Victoria entered a joint venture partnership to form The Age Music Victoria Awards.
In 2014 Belinda Collins from The Social Crew came on board as the event producer. In 2015 – its tenth year, The Age Music Victoria awards celebrated the milestone with two big events.
In 2018, the awards event moved to Melbourne Recital Centre, with Laura Imbruglia becoming producer of the event, and a range of new changes introduced. This was the final year of the partnership with The Age. In 2019 and beyond, the awards continue as The Music Victoria Awards.
In recent years, we’ve introduced new categories and initiatives to the Awards that are specifically aimed at recognizing and supporting marginalized groups.
So whether you’re a headliner, a seasoned pro or an up-and-coming talent, the Music Victoria Awards are your chance to be part of something truly special.
The Music Victoria Awards are not just been about recognizing great music – they’re also about bringing the industry together, creating new connections and opportunities for collaboration, and celebrating the incredible passion and creativity that drives the live music capital of the world.
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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.