Nominations are now open for the fourth annual Gold Coast Music Awards with eight categories up for grabs.

Gold Coast artists, venues and event organisers are invited to nominate for Artist of the Year, Breakout Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Event of the Year, Venue of the Year, Video of the Year and new category Live Act of the Year with applications closing 3 March 2018.

Chloe Popa is one of three Directors of the Gold Coast Music Awards. She says the program continues to grow thanks to local partners.

“Last year we moved the event from Burleigh Brewing Co to the beach at Surfers Paradise, thanks to the support of Surfers Paradise Alliance,” she said. “We were overwhelmed with thousands of people attending a free live concert on the beach and a sold-out ticketed function for the awards announcement.”

“We’ve just extended that partnership which takes us to 2021 and the seventh annual event, and we’re really excited to see how the Gold Coast music brand grows over that time.”

“As well as winning a coveted Dion Parker designed ‘Skull Murphy’ trophy, finalists and winners also receive marketing support through the city and nationally and we support them through international showcase events such as BIGSOUND and Australian Music Week as well,” she said.

Surfers Paradise Alliance CEO Mike Winlaw said the partnership with the Gold Coast Music Awards was about supporting the Gold Coast’s music industry and nurturing home-grown talent. The Awards event opens Surfers Paradise LIVE, a free, family concert featuring some of Australia’s most-loved artists.

“Surfers Paradise LIVE continues to enjoy rapid growth and received bronze in the Major Festival and Events category at last month’s Queensland Tourism Industry Council Awards,” Mr Winlaw said.

“We are proud of our partnership with the Gold Coast Music Awards and created Surfers Paradise LIVE three years ago to bring live music back to the heart of the Gold Coast.

With a brand-new category ‘Live Act of the Year’ added to the mix, an esteemed panel of independent judges, Chaired by Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium’s Dr Donna Weston, will name the region’s best talents and achievements across eight categories.

“These awards really are about unearthing talent across the city,” Chloe said, “but also acknowledging the depth of talent we have here.”

“Over the past three years we’ve had a diverse range of genres represented as finalists – from hip hop to heavy metal, singer songwriters, opera and musicals, community events through to major festivals… these awards really do represent the best of the city,” she said.

Nominations are now open until 3 March with finalists announced 29 March ahead of the main event.

The 2018 Surfers Paradise LIVE Festival launches on Thursday 3 May with the Gold Coast Music Awards followed by three days and nights of non-stop, free entertainment throughout the Surfers Paradise central precinct.

Gold Coast Music Awards is proudly supported by City of Gold Coast and presented by Surfers Paradise Alliance.

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