You must respond to separate nomination criteria for each category.

  • Each category has its own criteria and a separate set of questions which must be answered. 
  • There is no benefit to asking other people to nominate you. Only one nomination per artist per category is accepted. As this is not a popularity contest, fan nominations are not accepted.
  • You will need to gather supporting information and evidence for some categories. You can read the questions for each category here
  • For all categories you will need an up-to-date bio, no longer than 150 words that is cleared for our marketing use, as well as two press shots. Depending on how you submit your nominations – you may only need to provide this once. 
  • You may nominate for multiple categories.
  • You cannot nominate for both Artist and Breakout Artist – you may only nominate in one or the other category.
  • You may only nominate one song for Song of the Year. This should be your best song.

Categories

Artist

An established artist with a significant body of work and significant outcomes achieved.

Breakout Artist

An emerging act that has clearly broken through with an obvious and demonstrated trajectory towards success.

Live Act

An act that consistently delivers an engaging live show to a growing audience inside and outside of the Gold Coast.

Release

An artistic award for the best album of EP released from the Gold Coast.

Song

An artistic award for the best song released from the Gold Coast.

Video

An artistic award for the best music video released from a Gold Coast artist.

GCMA Nominations 2024 - Artist, Breakout Artist, Live Act, Release, Song, Video

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Which Category Are You Nominating For?

Select the category or categories you will be nominating for and complete the required details.

Please note you may only nominate for Artist OR Breakout Artist.


Artist of the Year

Artist of the Year is a career-focused award and judges will be looking for an established act who has produced a consistent body of work with significant outcomes during the eligibility period. The artist - whether an individual or a band - will have been actively releasing music and performing live at least at the national level and will have a profile outside of the Gold Coast.

The artist’s body of work will be considered, including the commercial reach of all releases and performances. Judges will also consider career trajectory and progression, media and press coverage received, ability to secure support slots and signings as well as additions to playlists and lineups.

You can find out more about each category and the judging criteria here. 


Breakout Artist of the Year

Sponsored by Hanlon School of Music

Judges will be looking for acts who clearly demonstrate that they have broken through during the eligibility period. For example, they may have extended their reach from the Gold Coast to national or international audiences, or to the music industry at large or they may have moved from local stages to national festival lineups.

To have broken out, something significant will have happened to the artist during the eligibility period. Usually that milestone will have resulted in a demonstrated leap forward in terms of public profile, fan base, building a team, or commercial success. Our Breakout Artist of the Year will have an obvious and demonstrated trajectory towards career success. 

You can find out more about each category and the judging criteria here. 


Live Act of the Year

Sponsored by Gold Coast Music

This award recognises an act who consistently performs an engaging, highly-respected live show both inside and outside of the Gold Coast. 

Judges will consider the number and types of shows performed during the eligibility period as well as audience attendance and production of the show. Video or other evidence (such as reviews) of your live show is essential (this does not have to be a professional quality recording). Judges are looking for artists who have a track record touring outside of the city and will consider the act’s professional reputation and promotional ability. 

You can find out more about each category and the judging criteria here. 


Release of the Year

Sponsored by City of Gold Coast

This is an artistic award for the best album or EP released during the eligibility period. The release must be at least 4 tracks or 18 minutes in length to be considered. 

While judges will primarily assess the artistic merit of the whole package, they will also consider the response to the release - including industry and artistic feedback, reviews, streaming data or sales as well as the likely longevity of the music created. 

Ultimately, Release of the Year is awarded to an album or EP that is likely to stand the test of time. That means it will be produced to a high standard and include world-class storytelling, songwriting, musicianship and / or composition. 

You can find out more about each category and the judging criteria here. 


Song of the Year

Artists are only able to submit one song for this category. For information on why we only allow one song, click here. 

This is primarily an artistic award. Judges are looking for the best Gold Coast song released during the eligibility period. To a lesser extent, judges will also consider the reach or potential reach of the song.

You can find out more about each category and the judging criteria here. 


Video of the Year

Video of the year is an artistic category awarded to the best Gold Coast music video, related to its genre released during the eligibility period.

You can find out more about each category and the judging criteria here. 


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Nominate in other categories

Musician, Studio Producer, Visual Creative

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Venue

Nominate for Venue of the Year here