Nominations are now open for the 2019 Gold Coast Music Awards.

Now in its fifth year, the awards shine a light on the depth and diversity of musical talent on the Gold Coast and promote the City as a live music destination.

Nine categories are open fo nominations, which close 27 February:

🎶  Artist of the year
🎶  Breakout artist of the year
🎶  Live Act of the Year
🎶  Musician (instrumentalist / vocalist) of the year
🎶  Release (album / EP) of the year
🎶  Song of the Year
🎶  Venue of the Year
🎶  Video of the Year

Electrik Lemonade guitarist Jakey D reckons every Gold Coast band should nominate for these awards.

“The sheer volume of music buffs you are presented to is worth it alone,” he said.

Electrik Lemonade were a finalist for Live Act of the Year in 2018 with the award taken out by Mason Rack Band.

“From performing on that massive beachfront stage at last year’s Awards to a BIGSOUND showcase, the Gold Coast Music Awards has undeniably steered us toward greater events and opportunities,” Jakey said.

“With our first national tour under our belts and more than 60 live shows last year, we’ll definitely be throwing our hats in the ring to nab one of those Skull Murphy trophies this year!”

It’s an important time for Gold Coast Music, with Awards organisers scoring one of nine triennial grants for Gold Coast arts organisations, to support organisational growth and the City endorsing a Music Action Plan to support the sector.

Cr Herman Vorster said he is “ecstatic” to honour the best in the business at this year’s awards.

“This is a fantastic event that captures the energy, enthusiasm and optimism we have for musical expression here and across the region,” Cr Vorster said.

“I encourage the community to get right behind this year’s awards.”

Nominations close 27 February for the 2019 Gold Coast Music Awards, with winners announced at a gala celebration on Surfers Paradise beach, Thursday 3 May 2019.

The Awards are proudly supported by City of Gold Coast and presenting partner Surfers Paradise Alliance.

Nominate at gcmusicawards.com/nominate.