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Best of the Best Awards

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BEST SONG/TRACK

A short musical composition which can be with or without words.

Nominees in this category are determined by a judging panel, with winners determined by public voting.

BEST ALBUM

An album would generally be accepted to have at least nine tracks, or be 33 minutes in length, with a minimum requirement that a track includes at least 20 seconds of music. However, we understand that artists define whether their release is an album or ep, and some genres are more likely to have short songs and therefore albums that fall short of 33 minutes in length. Live albums and cover albums are included.

Nominees in this category are determined by a judging panel, with winners determined by public voting.

BEST SOLO ARTIST

An artist that performs under their own name or a pseudonym.

This category does not include lead singers of bands unless they’re being nominated for a separate and current solo career (i.e. they release music and play shows under their own name or solo pseudonym).

Nominees in this category are determined by a judging panel, with winners determined by public voting.

BEST DJ

A person who skilfully layers, manipulates and mixes (via a mixer, CDJs, turntables or live set up) pre-made music (their own originals and/or others) and other musical elements and sounds together to create a new form of creative expression.

Nominees in this category are determined by a judging panel, with winners determined by public voting.

BEST PRODUCER

Someone who oversees, engineers, and manages the sound recording and production of a solo artist or group’s music. This can include a person who produces their own work or a sound engineer who plays a guiding role in recording.

Judging for this category is completed by a panel.

BEST MUSICIAN

A person who skilfully and creatively manipulates their chosen instrument/s, making a significant musical contribution to an act.

Judging for this category is completed by a panel.

BEST GROUP

Two or more people, a group of musicians, who play music together both on stage and in the studio as a collective under a band, group or collective name.

Nominees in this category are determined by a judging panel, with winners determined by public voting.

BEST REGIONAL ACT

An individual artist or group of musicians that are based in Regional Victoria as defined by this map.

Nominees in this category are determined by a judging panel, with winners determined by public voting.

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.

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Community Awards

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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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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.

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Genre Awards

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Best Blues Work

Best Country Work

Best Folk Work

Best Experimental or Avant-Garde Work

Best Electronic Work

Best Heavy Work

Best Hip Hop Work

Best Jazz Work

Best Pop Work

Best Reggae or Dancehall Work

Best Rock or Punk Work

Best Soul, Funk, RNB or Gospel Work

Am I eligible to enter for a genre award?

As a general rule, to enter a genre category, the entrant must have released at least 3 singles, an album or an EP between 1 July 2023 – 30 June 2024.

Solo artists must reside in Victoria – and it should be noted that the residency of their backing band is not considered. For groups, at least 50% of the act must have been living in Victoria for the last two years, or use Victoria as a home base.

The Experimental or Avant-Garde category requires slightly more nuance, where we also allow a publicly available recording of at least 10 minutes in length (standalone or cumulative). Full details of eligibility are included in the submission form.

How do I choose the best genre for my music?

We know that the landscape of genre is constantly evolving, and simply invite you to follow your gut. You can only submit to one genre. Our judges are music industry experts who are across movements in the Victorian scene and represent the full breadth of each genre. We support self identification.

Judging for all genre awards is completed by a panel of industry judges.

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.

Photo of band on stage for Caravan Music Club at Archies Creek Hotel

Venue & Festival Awards

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Venue & Festival Awards

Best Metro Festival

A music festival is an organised event, lasting one or more days, featuring performances by various musicians, singers, and groups. Multi-artform festivals are also eligible if they have multiple contemporary music offerings.

Metro is defined here.

Judging for this category is completed by a panel.

Best Large Venue
(Metro)

Here we are looking at venues with a capacity of 500 or more in Metropolitan Melbourne as defined here.

Judging for this category is completed by a panel.

Best Regional Venue / Presenter
(Under 50 gigs)

Here we are looking at venues and presenters in regional Victoria who have staged multiple contemporary live music events (but less than a total of 50 across the year).

Judging for this category is completed by a panel.

Best Regional Festival

Here we are looking at Festivals (as defined in Best Metro Festival above), that have taken place in Regional Victoria as defined in this map: https://www.rdv.vic.gov.au/victorias-regions.

Judging for this category is completed by a panel.

Best Small Venue
(Metro)

Here we are looking at venues with a capacity of under 500 in Metropolitan Melbourne as defined here.

Judging for this category is completed by a panel.

Best Regional Venue / Presenter
(Over 50 gigs)

Here we are looking at venues and presenters in regional Victoria who have staged more than 50 contemporary live music events across the year.

Judging for this category is completed by a panel.

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.