The Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging First Nations Talent

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

The MAV Diaspora Awards for a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Musician

These 3 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 2022 to 30 June 2023. 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.

“Nothing about us,

without us”


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.