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Following its recent partnership coup with Surfers Paradise Alliance, the 2017 Gold Coast Music Awards (GCMA) has officially opened nominations, including seven categories that will shine a spotlight on the local music scene and reward its exceptional talent.
In just its third year, the Awards are set to soar from 350 to some 3,000 attendees with a new home at Surfers Paradise beach on Thursday, April 27, right before the Surfers Paradise LIVE music festival kicks off with headline act, Australian and international pop sensations, The Veronicas.
“We’ll have a massive festival-sized stage at the end of the mall to showcase some of the best Gold Coast bands,” said GCMA co-founder, Chloe Popa. “And adjacent to that, we’ll have a ticketed VIP marquee to present our awards in front of the music industry.”
“We’re thrilled to take the Music Awards program to the next level and to be working with venues and partners from across the city to showcase everything that makes the Gold Coast music scene so unique.”
As well as a new home, the Awards also launch a new category – Album of the Year - and additions to the high calibre of judges, including Woodford Folk Festival program director, Chloe Goodyear and Australian Music Week director, Ryan Van Gennip.
“We pulled together local music industry leaders to advise us about categories, judging and the nomination process,” GCMA co-founder and director Samantha Morris said.
“They recommended we add Album of The Year, remove one of the old categories and rename Emerging Artist to Breakout Artist of the Year to reflect new judging criteria.”
Surfers Paradise Alliance CEO Mike Winlaw said the initial three-year partnership reflected SPA’s dedication to the local Gold Coast music industry and its confidence in the artists coming through the Awards program.
“We've been very impressed with the calibre of local artists recognised by the Awards," he said. “And Surfers Paradise has always been the beating heart of the City’s music scene, so it makes sense that we’d jump behind the awards as presenting partner.”
“As well as supporting the Awards ceremony itself, we’re working with Gold Coast Music Awards to present four big local acts on the awards night. Plus, there’ll be a bigger local component within the Surfers Paradise LIVE programming too.”
“There’s so much talent on the Gold Coast. Surfers Paradise LIVE will be the perfect mix of local artists and visiting headliners to make sure we have the biggest audiences possible.”
The 2017 Gold Coast Music Awards has seven categories in total:
- Artist of the Year
- Breakout Artist of the Year (formerly Emerging Artist), sponsored by Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium
- Song of the Year, sponsored by NightQuarter
- Video of the Year, sponsored by QT Hotel
- Album of the Year, sponsored by ALH
- Live Music Venue of the Year
- Live MusicEvent of the Year, sponsored by TAFE Queensland Gold Coast
Emerging Artist of the Year 2015 winners, Hanlon Brothers said that taking out the Award was a big honour for the band, “After so many years of hard work to build a local following, the Awards really helped open doors locally and further afield.
"These Awards are all about recognising and rewarding local talent and 2016 was a big year for Gold Coast music. I can't wait to see who takes out each category this year,” said Saia Hanlon.
With the recent growth in the Gold Coast music scene, both in size and in the eyes of the national music industry, competition is expected to be fierce this year.
Each category is judged by an independent panel comprising music and associated industry leaders. For 2017 the judges include:
- Chloe Goodyear (Woodford Folk Festival)
- Gina Martin (live music photographer)
- Hannah Morrison (Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium SEED program)
- Julia Bridger (Bleach* Festival)
- Lucy Fisher (Gold Coast Film Festival)
- Cindy Jensen (Buskers by the Creek)
- Mark Duckworth (Blues on Broadbeach)
- Guy Cooper (Serotonin Productions)
- Trevor Jackson (music journalist)
- Ryan Van Gennip (Australian Music Week)
- Graham Ashton (Footstomp)
The Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 27 April on the beach at Surfers Paradise and tickets are on sale 1 February.
Nominations for the third annual Gold Coast Music Awards are now open at gcmusicawards.com and close on March 10, 2017. Finalists announced 30 March.
The second line-up announcement for Surfers Paradise LIVE will take place on Friday 27 January in a special media call at 10am under the Surfers Paradise sign on the beach at Surfers.
City of Gold Coast has been a premier partner for the Gold Coast Music Awards since launching in 2015.
GOLD COAST MUSIC AWARDS 2016 HIGHLIGHTS
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