Nominations for the 2021 Gold Coast Music Awards will open Monday 10 May.
The 2021 Gold Coast Music Awards categories include:
- 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
All nominees under the age of 25 will be considered for the career defining Gold Coast Music Prize, supported by a number of local music industry businesses.
Award finalists will also be eligible for the People’s Choice award, which will be open for popular vote during August 2021.
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
sponsored by HOTA, Home of the Arts
Open to any Gold Coast artist or band, of any age and genre, that has been actively recording, releasing or performing music on the Gold Coast during 2019. This is a career-focused award and judges will be looking for an established artist who has produced a consistent body of work with significant outcomes during the year in question. The artist will have been actively touring and performing during 2019 – at least at the national level and will have a public profile outside of the Gold Coast. The artist’s body of work will be considered for this award including track record, performance history (live and recorded), audience development, technical ability and supporting infrastructure, presence and ability to create a “package” that includes their music. All entrants are assessed on their contribution to the Gold Coast’s live music scene as well as their connection to the Gold Coast.
BREAKOUT ARTIST OF THE YEAR
sponsored by Griffith University and the Queensland Conservatorium’s SEED program
Open to any artist or band, of any age and genre, that has a strong connection to the Gold Coast and has been actively recording, releasing or performing music on the Gold Coast during 2019. Judges will be looking for acts who clearly demonstrate that they have broken through during the eligibility period. For example, they may have extended their reach from the Gold Coast to national or international audiences, or to the music industry at large or have moved from local stages to national festival lineups. Musical performance – both recorded and live – will be taken into consideration by judges, as will supporting information about the band or artist’s accomplishments (such as radio play, streaming data or record sales that indicate a substantial increase in audience) and the quality of music produced to date. All entrants are assessed on their contribution to Gold Coast’s live music scene as well as their connection to the Gold Coast.
LIVE ACT OF THE YEAR
sponsored by Gold Coast Music
Open to any live, original music act that was based within the City of Gold Coast during 2019 and performed live shows during this time, both inside and outside of the City. It is important that video evidence of at least one live performance is included in the application. The award recognises an act who consistently performs live to a high standard. Judges will consider audience attendance, connection and engagement, the skill / talent and stage presence of the act in question, including use of lighting, effects or adaptability to unique venues and situations. The artist’s capacity and track record for touring outside of the city as well as the band’s professional reputation and promotional ability will also be taken into account. To be eligible, the artist(s) must reside within the City of Gold Coast. All entrants are assessed on their contribution to Gold Coast’s live music scene.
MUSICIAN (instrumentalist / vocalist) OF THE YEAR
sponsored by TAFE Queensland Gold Coast
Musician of the year is an artistic award. This category is awarded to an individual Gold Coast musician for excellence in vocal and / or instrumental ability. The nominee must have been active (that is performing or recording) during 2019. Nominees will need to submit recordings of live or studio performances as well as a list of recordings / live performances they have appeared on during the eligibility period. The criteria for this category are:
- Technical ability (mechanical skill, artistry, range control)
- Musicality and proficiency (feel and emotional projection, flow, style, phrasing, dynamics, improvisation)
- Tonal quality (control, clarity, consistency, feel)
- Rhythm (accuracy, duration, steadiness, feel)
- Intonation (Pitch accuracy)
- Degree of difficulty (complexity and ease of performance)
- Individuality and style
RELEASE (album or EP) OF THE YEAR
sponsored by Southern Cross University
This category recognises an album, EP or music release – whether digital or physical – of 21 minutes or more. The digital release date of the album / EP must fall within the eligibility period from 1 January to 31 December 2019. This is an artistic award and judges will consider the entire package related to the release including: production quality, artistic merit, artwork, story-telling and songwriting ability. All entrants are assessed on their connection to the Gold Coast.
SONG OF THE YEAR
sponsored by CBD Live
For songs released by Gold Coast artists in 2019. Songs are judged on their lyricism and musicality as well as their innovation, originality, creativity and production value. The potential or reach of a song will also be given great consideration.
VENUE OF THE YEAR
sponsored by Oztix
This award recognises a live music venue within the City of Gold Coast that goes above and beyond to support Gold Coast’s music scene and consistently programs high quality, original music. Judges will consider customer service, venue management, facilities and services for in-house artists and promoters, connection to audiences, relationships with industry, artists and bands, the “vibe” created, consistency in programming, reputation, patron safety and care, booking policies, community involvement and contribution to driving diversity and growth of GC music.
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
sponsored by QT Gold Coast
Video of the year is awarded to the creative team and / or artist responsible for creating, filming and producing a song’s video clip. The video must have been released in 2019 and have a strong connection to the Gold Coast – either the recording artist(s) must reside here or the creative team should be based here. The category will be judged around production quality and intent as well as creativity.