Gold Coast Music Awards Opens 2019 Nominations / by Kylie Cobb

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Gold Coast’s premier music industry event, the Gold Coast Music Awards is back for its fifth year, today opening nominations for 2019.

Following yet another outstanding year for Gold Coast music, the Awards will see the City’s rising stars celebrated across eight categories in a spectacular beachside ceremony and live concert that will take place in Surfers Paradise on 2 May, 2019.

“What an incredible year for Gold Coast Music!” said Judging Panel Chair and Conservatorium of Music Director, Donna Weston.

“From Fisher’s Grammy nomination, Amy Shark’s sweep at the ARIAs and Hollow Coves European success to the growth of acts like PACES and IVEY, the calibre of artistry coming out of the Gold Coast just keeps getting stronger and stronger.”

With a new category being added to the mix - Musician Of The Year - artists at all stages of their career are encouraged to nominate for what can be a career-changing opportunity.

“EVERY local band should nominate for these Awards! The sheer volume of music buffs you are presented to is worth it alone,” said Jakey D, guitarist of 2018 Live Act of the Year finalists, Electrik Lemonade.

“From performing on that massive beachfront stage at last year’s Awards to a BIGSOUND showcase, the Gold Coast Music Awards has undeniably steered us toward greater events and opportunities.

“With our first national tour under our belts and more than 60 live shows last year, we’ll definitely be throwing our hats in the ring to nab one of those Skull Murphy trophies this year!”

With a Live Music Action Plan now in place and a triennial grant from City of Gold Coast recently announced to transition the Awards to a not-for-profit model, the sector is a priority for development.

“We are ecstatic to celebrate and honour the best in the business at the Gold Coast Music Awards once again this year,” said Division 11 Councillor, Hermann Vorster.

“This is a fantastic event that captures the energy, enthusiasm and optimism we have for musical expression here and across the region.

“I encourage the community to get right behind this year’s awards.””

The 2019 Gold Coast Music Awards categories are:

  1. Artist of the year

  2. Breakout artist of the year

  3. Live Act of the Year

  4. Musician (instrumentalist / vocalist) of the year

  5. Release (album / EP) of the year

  6. Song of the Year

  7. Venue of the Year

  8. Video of the Year

Nominations for the fifth annual Gold Coast Music Awards are now open at gcmusicawards.com and close 27 February. Finalists announced 4 April.

The Gold Coast Music Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 2 May on the beach at Surfers Paradise. Tickets on sale 5 March.

All finalists will automatically be nominated for the People’s Choice Award, which will be celebrated with a special industry launch event to be held at Skypoint on16 April.

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

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2018 Gold Coast Music Award winners included Amy Shark (Artist of the Year), Hussy Hicks (Album of the Year), Mason Rack Band (Live Act), Hollow Coves (Breakout Artist & Song of the Year), Lane Harry x Ike Campbell (Video) and Baltimore Gun Club (People’s Choice).


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2019 FAST FACTS

Awards Ceremony 
Thursday 2 May 2019
Surfers Paradise Beachfront
VIP Industry Event (Tickets on Sale Soon)

Free Live Outdoor Concert 
Thursday 2 May 2019
Surfers Paradise Beachfront

Nominations
Open 8 January 2019
Close 27 February 2019
gcmusicawards.com.au/nominate

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

People’s Choice Award
All finalists will be entered into the People’s Choice Awards. People’s Choice finalists will be celebrated with a special industry launch event to be held at Skypoint on 16 April. This award will be chosen by popular vote through a combination of online, social media and in-person voting on the Awards night, 2 May.

2019 Judges
Cindy Jensen (Buskers by the Creek)
Dan Carroll (City of Gold Coast)
Donna Weston (Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium)
Julia Bridger (Bleach* Festival)
Kirsty Abrahams (artist)
Mark Duckworth (Blues on Broadbeach)
Matt Webber (ABC Radio)
Ryan Van Gennip (Australian Music Week)
Trina Massey (Q Music)

2019 Category Sponsors
Griffith University and the Queensland Conservatorium's SEED program
HOTA – Home of the Arts
Nightquarter
Oztix
QT Gold Coast
Skypoint
TAFE Queensland Gold Coast


APPROVED IMAGES

More photos available upon request.

Electrik Lemonade taking to the massive Awards stage on the Surfers Paradise beachfront.

Electrik Lemonade taking to the massive Awards stage on the Surfers Paradise beachfront.

2018’s Skull Murphy Award trophies, created by local artist Dion Parker.

2018’s Skull Murphy Award trophies, created by local artist Dion Parker.

Multi Award finalists, Eliza & The Delusionals performing at 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards.

Multi Award finalists, Eliza & The Delusionals performing at 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards.

2017 and 2018 multi Gold Coast Music Award winner, Amy Shark. Pic: James Wills

2017 and 2018 multi Gold Coast Music Award winner, Amy Shark. Pic: James Wills

2018 Album of the Year winners, Hussy Hicks with Award sponsor, Beatniks.

2018 Album of the Year winners, Hussy Hicks with Award sponsor, Beatniks.



CONTACT

Kylie Cobb: 0402 434 523 or kylie@kittykittybangbang.com.au

 

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