It takes a lot to shut down a brewery. But come July, Burleigh Brewing’s operations will be put on hold as something totally unrelated to beer is brewed.

A group of very proud Gold Coasters today announced the Gold Coast Music Awards, which will open for nominations in April with the awards ceremony already confirmed to take place at the award-winning brewery in Burleigh.

Samantha Morris, one of the organisers of the awards, said that the Gold Coast had a depth of talent that reflected the eclectic mix of people who call the city home.

“We are cultivating such an enormous talent base here,” she said. “Everything from hip-hop, psychedelia, roots and blues, electronica, metal and country.”

“Then, on top of the musicians and bands who call the Coast home, we have a massive support industry here,” she said. “Record labels, recording studios, video producers, venue managers, booking agents, sound engineers and festival promoters all make a living here,” Samantha said.

While category and nomination details will be announced in April, organisers are already looking to the actual awards ceremony with Burleigh Brewery announced as the event’s Presenting Partner.

Peta Fielding, Burleigh Brewing’s co-founder said she was thrilled to throw the brewery’s support behind the inaugural awards ceremony.

“We’re planning a classic Gold Coast themed event,” Peta said. “Beanies, boardies and Burleigh beers at the brewery, hopefully under a clear winter’s sky.”

Peta said that the Brewery has been an avid supporter of all things local, including the music scene.

“The depth and breadth of talent that exists here on the Coast deserves celebrating – the inaugural Gold Coast Music Awards are the perfect opportunity to do so.”

“Burleigh Brewing is thrilled to be able to assist bring the vision for these awards to life – and we encourage other local businesses to get behind them and join us for the ride … and the music!”