Self-nominations for the 2021 Gold Coast Music Awards are open from today: Monday, 10 May.

The annual Gold Coast Music Awards serve to celebrate the achievements of a diverse array of talent from within the local music scene over the previous 12 months. Some of last year’s big winners included Casey Barnes, Eliza And The Delusionals, Busby Marou, Tijuana Cartel and Julz Parker (Hussy Hicks).

And after the fertile #creativegold that was the year of 2020 (despite the ravages of COVID), we can’t wait to see who steps up this year to represent the cream of the Gold Coast music scene under the following categories:

  • 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

In addition, the Peoples Choice Award will be open to all finalists, as well as a relatively new category, the Gold Coast Music Prize, which will be awarded to a nominee under the age of 25 by the judging panel.

The inaugural winner of last year’s GC Music Prize was electro indie-pop starlet DENNIS. Says the talented lass of her experiences as a result of taking out the prize:

“Winning the Gold Coast Music Prize helped me to stay relevant during a year that, due to the pandemic, could have made my project extinct (so it felt).

“Having a team of mentors supporting me presented me with opportunities to expand as an artist, on the stage, in the studio and within the Gold Coast music community.

“As a result of winning the prize I have been fortunate enough to create with big budget companies, tour with major up and coming Australian acts and be supported by award winning marketing and media.

“This Prize gave me a real leg up when I needed it most and twelve months down the track I now have a hard working team of like-minded people around me to support everything that is DENNIS.”

So if you’re an emerging artist and you’ve had a productive 2020, be sure to jump on-line at from 10 May and get your nomination in – after all, what have you got to lose!?

We’ll leave the final word to Liv (aka DENNIS.) as to why you should throw your hat into the ring and nominate.

“You would be a fool if you didn’t. Everyone involved wants the best for you and to see you grow as a Gold Coast artist; they’re all on your team! When I won this prize it was real surprise and I am so happy that I nominated my music in the Gold Coast Music Awards.”


To be eligible you will have needed to have released, performed or been active in your category of choice between 1 January 2020 and 31 March 2021. Keep an eye on the Gold Coast Music Awards socials and website for further nomination announcements.