‘It’s a vital time’: Entries are now open for the Music Victoria Awards

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‘It’s a vital time’: Entries are now open for the Music Victoria Awards

Music Victoria Awards 2024
Words by Staff Writer

Music Victoria is thrilled to announce entries are now open for the Music Victoria Awards (MVA).

The awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on Thursday 24 October at The Edge in Fed Square, and will be streamed live on the Music Victoria website.

The MVAs, now in its 19th year, will once again acknowledge the outstanding achievements of musicians, venues, festivals and industry professionals who contribute to the state’s incredible music scene.

Music Victoria Awards 2024

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See below, the full list of industry-voted and public-voted categories, as well as the community-voted awards celebrating emerging First Nations talent, Deaf and/or Disabled and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse musicians.

Past Music Victoria Award winners include one of Australia’s most exceptional singer/songwriters, Mo’Ju, Zambian-born poet and rapper Sampa the Great, Yolŋu rapper, dancer and performer Baker Boy and Australian icon Paul Kelly. In 2022, the MVA for Best Producer was awarded to Alice Ivy and last year Best Album went to Cash Savage and The Last Drinks, for their ARIA-nominated record, So This Is Love.

Each year as part of the Awards, Music Victoria inducts into its Hall of Fame those remarkable people who have made a significant contribution to Victorian music and the cultural fabric of our state. Inductees can include not only musicians, but also broadcasters, producers, journalists, festivals, music managers, labels and more–any person or business that has contributed greatly to the Victorian music scene over 25+ years. Nominations for the Hall of Fame are now open, click here for more information.

In previous years, Music Victoria has inducted Aussie music icons including Archie Roach, Kylie Minogue, Olivia Newton-John, Michael Gudinski and Helen Marcou AM & Ian “Quincy” McLean AM into the Hall Of Fame. In 2023, Kutcha Edwards and Kirsty Rivers were welcomed as honorable inductees into the Music Victoria Hall Of Fame.

Simone Schinkel, Music Victoria’s CEO said of this year’s Awards: “Music Victoria acknowledges the rich contributions made by individuals from a variety of backgrounds to the Victorian contemporary music scene. The Music Victoria Awards aim to honour this diversity and strongly encourage entries from First Peoples, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Deaf and Disabled individuals, and members of the LGBTIQA+ community.

“2024 will be the second year in which entrants do not need to be Music Victoria members, meaning everyone in the Victorian music industry can put themselves and the artists and venues they represent in consideration for nomination. As the landscape around us evolves, it’s a vital time to celebrate those changing our scene for the better as they pivot and reimagine their work.”

The Music Victoria Awards categories

Genre Awards – Industry Voted

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

Venues and Festival Awards – Now Industry Voted

Best Metro Venue (Large)
Best Metro Venue (Small)
Best Regional Venue (under 50 gigs)
Best Regional Venue (over 50 gigs)
Best Metro Festival
Best Regional Festival

Best of the Best – Public Voted

Best Song or Track
Best Album
Best Solo Artist
Best DJ
Best Group
Best Regional Act

Best Of The Best – Industry Voted

Best Producer
Best Musician

Community Awards – Community voted/selected

Singing Our Futures Acknowledgement for Emerging First Nations Talent
Arts Access Victoria Amplify Award for a Deaf and/or Disabled Musician
Diaspora Award for a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Musician

Entries close on Friday 19 July. Click here to enter yourself, your artists, your venue and your festival and celebrate our incredible scene.