Nominations open for 2018 Queensland Music Awards

QMusic has opened nominations for the 2018 Queensland Music Awards as well as announced a new gala format for the event. Nominations are open across a heap of categories that cover pop and rock to blues / roots, electronica and soul / funk / R ‘n’ B. Nominations close 21 January with winners announced at the awards ceremony.

Following three years at Brisbane Powerhouse, 2018 sees the event move to a new gala format thanks to new presenting partners Royal International Convention Centre at Brisbane Showgrounds. The event will also now take place in May.

The Queensland Music Awards recognise the diverse people and places that make contemporary popular music an invaluable part of our state’s cultural heritage and just by entering your song, you have the opportunity to have your music heard by some of the industry’s heavyweights.

This year’s judges include Marc Sousley (Sydney City Limits), Petrina Convey (Sony Music Australia), Amy Jarman (BMG Music Australia), Ben Godding (Kobalt Music), Jane Slingo (EMC) and Jack Bridges (Beatport). Local and regional judges such as Blank GC editor Samantha Morris, Bleach* programmer Julia Bridger and local artist servicing executive Graham Ashton are also part of the judging team.

The awards in 2018 will also recognise Live Music Festival of the Year and Live Music Venue fo the Year (metro and regional) as part of the annual People’s Choice Awards, for which voting will open in April 2018.

Also now open for nominations is the 2018 Billy Thorpe Scholarship celebrating its tenth year. The scholarship provides $10,000 for an emerging artist to record with an established producer and receive career-planning advice from Chugg Entertainment. Applications for both this and the Queensland Music Awards close 21 January. Apply now at

Image: Gold Coast artist Romy at the 2017 Queensland Music Awards

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