Nominations now open for the 2024 Gold Coast Music Awards

The Gold Coast’s premier music industry event, the Gold Coast Music Awards, will celebrate its 10th year in 2024, and nominations are now open for the chance to take home a coveted Skull Murphy trophy at this year’s Awards. 

Following a record-breaking year in 2023, with more than 900 nominations across 10 categories (up from 700 in 2022) and a sell-out event, the 2024 Gold Coast Music Awards is set to be the biggest year yet.

Nominations open today across 10 categories, welcoming nominations from artists, musicians, creatives, venues and more.

The 2024 Gold Coast Music Awards categories are:

  • 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
  • Studio Producer of the year
  • Venue of the year
  • Video of the year
  • Visual Creative of the year

Additionally, all nominees under 25 are eligible for the career-boosting Gold Coast Music Prize (decided by the judging panel), and all finalists will be eligible for the People’s Choice Award, voted on the by the audience at the 2024 Gold Coast Music Awards.

To be eligible, nominees must have released, performed or been active in their category of choice between 1 April 2023 and 31 March 2024, and must demonstrate they have a strong connection to the Gold Coast.

Nominations are only accepted from an artist, band, creative or venue (the nominee themselves) or a person representing them such as a manager, publicist or agent of some kind.

For more information on the individual categories, read the categories and criteria document.

Nominations close on Tuesday 30 April, 2024 and finalists will be announced in late July ahead of the 2024 Gold Coast Music Awards on Thursday 29 August at HOTA, Home of the Arts.



Early bird tickets are on sale now to attend the 2024 Gold Coast Music Awards. Join us as we celebrate the Gold Coast’s best and brightest musical talent during a stellar Awards Ceremony with live performances from some of the city’s biggest names, red carpet arrivals and an after party to kick-on into the evening. The 2024 Gold Coast Music Awards will be held on Thursday 29 August, live at HOTA Home of the Arts.

Purchase your tickets before July 25 to receive 20% off the regular ticket price. This year’s Gold Coast Music Awards is an event not to be missed!




Are you a band, artist, venue or creative planning to nominate for the 2024 Gold Coast Music Awards? GCMA’s Kirsty Abrahams is hosting two online drop-in sessions to help answer questions and assist with 2024 nominations.

Regardless of the award category you’re nominating for, these drop-in sessions are available for nominees to ask questions, understand and answer nomination criteria, get insights into what judges are looking for, and utilise our team’s knowledge to submit the best possible nomination you can.

Join us on Wednesday 27 March and Friday 26 April, by dropping in anytime between 10.30am-2.30pm via Google Meets.


The Gold Coast Music Awards is produced by Gold Coast Music Network and proudly supported by City of Gold Coast. 

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