Nominations now open for 2017 Gold Coast Music Awards

The Gold Coast Music Awards shine a spotlight on the local music scene by rewarding the exceptional talent that calls the city home.

Since the awards launched in 2015, Gold Coast’s music scene has grown – both in actual size and in the eyes of the national music industry. With new venues opening, a draft Live Music strategy underway and a focus on arts and culture at local and state government levels, the awards have been a catalyst for plenty of action in the City’s music space.

2017 sees the Awards move to a new home and co-founder Chloe Popa said a new partnership with Surfers Paradise Alliance has obvious benefits.

“Surfers Paradise is the true heart of the city,” Chloe said. “Especially when it comes to music and live entertainment.”

“Talk to any long-time resident and they’ll rave about live music experiences there, venues past and present and general good-times,” she said.

The partnership with Surfers Paradise Alliance sees the awards move from Burleigh Brewing Co. to the beach. A festival-sized stage will host four local acts and a VIP marquee adjacent will host the actual awards ceremony with a live feed between the two.

“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 for the next three years,” said Surfers Paradise Alliance CEO Mike Winlaw.

“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,” Mike said.

“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.”

As well as a new home, the awards also launch a new category – Album of the Year. There are 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 Music Event of the Year, sponsored by TAFE Queensland Gold Coast

Hanlon Brothers won Emerging Artist of the Year in 2015 and competition for the new Breakout Artist of the Year category this year is expected to be fierce.

Saia Hanlon said that winning Emerging Artist of the Year 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,” he said. “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 of the awards this year.”

Each category is judged by an independent panel comprising music and associated industry leaders. The Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 27 April on the beach at Surfers Paradise and tickets are on sale 1 February.

Nominations are open now and close 10 March. Finalists announced 30 March. City of Gold Coast has been a premier partner for the Gold Coast Music Awards since launching in 2015.

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