Unleashing the soundwaves: 2023 Music Victoria Awards are open

The 2023 Music Victoria Awards open their stage to all of Victoria’s musical talents, fostering inclusivity and honoring outstanding achievements in the state’s vibrant music scene!

Melbourne’s vibrant music scene is gearing up for the 2023 Music Victoria Awards, set to take place on Tuesday, 31 October at Fed Square, NAARM. Excitement is building as Music Victoria announces that nominations are now open for all members of the Victorian music industry, marking a significant change from previous years.

In a groundbreaking move, Music Victoria has decided to expand the scope of entries to include all members of the Victorian music community, irrespective of their Music Victoria membership status. This decision aims to foster greater inclusivity and accessibility within the industry, encouraging more musicians, venues, and professionals to put themselves and their work forward for consideration.

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Simone Schinkel, the CEO of Music Victoria, expressed her enthusiasm for the upcoming awards: “We’ve been working hard behind the scenes and are so excited to kick off the 2023 Music Victoria Awards journey. Now in its 18th year, the Awards are a staple date on the music industry calendar, celebrating the year that was and the valuable contribution made by the Victorian music community.”

Last year’s Music Victoria Awards saw a record number of entries and votes, but with the removal of all financial barriers to participation this year, the organization anticipates an even more substantial surge in engagement.

“With all financial barriers to participation now removed, we hope to create greater accessibility and inclusion across the Victorian music industry, and a true snapshot into the great music scene we have in this state,” Schinkel added.

The Music Victoria Awards are renowned for recognizing exceptional achievements within the music scene, honoring musicians, venues, festivals, and industry professionals who have contributed to the vibrancy and success of Victoria’s musical landscape. The list of past winners includes some of Australia’s most talented artists, such as Mo’Ju, Sampa the Great, Baker Boy, and Paul Kelly. The Hall of Fame, a prestigious category, has celebrated legendary figures like Archie Roach, Kylie Minogue, Olivia Newton John, and Michael Gudinski, to name a few.

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Moreover, Music Victoria takes pride in acknowledging the diversity of contributions made by people from various backgrounds to the Victorian contemporary music scene. The Awards are committed to representing and encouraging entries from First Nations people, individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Deaf and Disabled people, and members of the LGBTIQA+ community.

If you’re involved in the Victorian music industry, now is the time to seize this fantastic opportunity to be a part of the biggest celebration of music in the state. Nominate yourself, your artists, your venue, or your festival before entries close on Friday, 21 July. Make sure to mark your calendar for 3 July, as that’s when entries open. You can also sign up to stay informed about when public voting commences at www.musicvictoriaawards.com.au.

The 2023 Music Victoria Awards promise to be a night of recognition, celebration, and unity, highlighting the creativity and talent that thrives within the heart of Victoria’s music scene. So, let the countdown begin!




Industry voted categories
Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent (First Peoples entrants only)
Arts Access Victoria Amplify Award (Deaf and Disabled entrants only)
MAV Diasporas Award (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse entrants only)
Best Blues Work
Best Country Work
Best Electronic Work
Best Experimental or Avant-Garde Work
Best Folk Work
Best Heavy Work
Best Hip Hop Work
Best Jazz Work
Best Pop Work
Best Reggae or Dancehall Work
Best Rock or Punk Work
Best Soul, Funk, R’n’B or Gospel Work
Best Producer
Best Musician

Publicly voted categories
Best Song or Track
Best Album
Best Solo Artist
Best DJ
Best Group
Best Regional Act
Best Metro Festival
Best Regional Festival
Best Large Venue (Metro)
Best Small Venue (Metro)
Best Regional Venue or Presenter (Under 50 gigs)
Best Regional Venue or Presenter (Over 50 gigs)