Music Victoria are thrilled to announce the 2021 return of the Music Victoria Industry Awards. After the success of last year’s inaugural event, the Industry Awards will take place on Thursday 7 October ahead of the official 2021 Music Victoria Awards. This year, not only will the free online event be available to live-stream via Music Victoria’s Youtube channel but will also be broadcast live to the Australian public on Channel 31.
This year, the Industry Awards will be hosted by longtime PBS 106.7FM broadcaster, Emma Peel and acclaimed RRR 102.7FM presenter, Daniel James. Emma and Daniel will announce the winners of seven industry-voted award categories including the Outstanding Woman in Music Award, Best Producer, Best Regional and Outer Suburban Venue (under 50 gigs per year), Best Regional and Outer Suburban Venue (over 50 gigs per year), Best Venue (under 500 capacity), Best Venue (over 500 capacity) and Best Festival, as well as announce the 2021 Music Victoria Awards nominees for the musician categories and the Hall Of Fame Inductees.
Music Victoria is excited to welcome new sponsor VMDO, who will award the winner of Best Producer with a $2000 cash prize, plus a Music Market co-work package. Bendigo Bank will be awarding the Best Regional/Outer Suburban Venue winners with a $3000 cash prize each, Brick Lane Brewing will gift tinnies packages to each of the Best Venues (over and under 500 capacity) and the winner of Best Festival will receive a three-year subscription to festival management software loadin.com. Finally, returning partner, the City of Melbourne, will grant a $3500 cash prize to the winner of the 2021 Outstanding Woman In Music Award, making this award the biggest individual cash prize of the Music Victoria Awards.
The 2021 Industry Awards nominees include a slew of debut Award entrants including Brunswick Ballroom, LOOP Project Space & Bar, The Substation and Sidney Myer Music Bowl for Best Venues; Piano Bar, The Macedon Railway Hotel, Vine Hotel and Tom Katz! @ Sorrento Portsea RSL for Best Regional/Outer Suburban Venues; and Melbourne Music Week-Extended, MPavilion 2020 and The Secret Garden Gig Gathering for Best Festival.
With the top 10 shortlisted entrants already announced in each category on the Music Victoria website, the Industry Awards will reveal the final nominees for the remaining 16 industry-voted award categories and the seven public-voted award categories. Public voting opens at the conclusion of the Industry Awards event on Thursday 7 October and the winners will be announced at the 2021 Music Victoria Awards at the end of the year. Stay tuned for the Awards date and venue announcement.
2021 Music Industry Awards live-streamed event
Thursday 7 October
Live-streamed via Music Victoria’s Youtube and Channel 31
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Music Victoria Industry Awards Nominees (winners announced Thursday 7 October)
OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN MUSIC
BEST REGIONAL/OUTER SUBURBAN VENUE OVER 50 GIGS/yr
The Barwon Club Hotel, South Geelong
The Eastern, Ballarat
Piano Bar, Geelong
Sooki Lounge, Belgrave
Theatre Royal, Castlemaine
BEST REGIONAL/OUTER SUBURBAN VENUE UNDER 50 GIGS/yr
Halls Gap Hotel, Halls Gap
The Macedon Railway Hotel, Macedon
The Sound Doctor Presents, Anglesea
Tom Katz! @ Sorrento Portsea RSL, Sorrento
Vine Hotel, Wangaratta
BEST VENUE UNDER 500 CAP
Brunswick Ballroom, Northcote
LOOP Project Space & Bar, Melbourne
The Night Cat, Fitzroy
Northcote Social Club, Northcote
The Substation, Newport
BEST VENUE OVER 500 CAP
Melbourne Recital Centre – Elisabeth Murdoch Hall
Sidney Myer Music Bowl
Brunswick Music Festival
Melbourne Music Week – Extended
The Secret Garden Gig Gathering
Hall of Fame Inductees (announced Thursday 7 October)
(Shortlisted Nominees announced Thursday 7 October)
Best Blues Act
Best Country Act
Best Electronic Act
Best Experimental or Avant-Garde Act
Best Folk Act
Best Heavy Act
Best Hip Hop Act
Best Intercultural Act
Best Jazz Act
Best Pop Act
Best Reggae and Dancehall Act
Best Rock/Punk Act
Best Soul, Funk, R’n’B or Gospel Act
Arts Access Victoria Amplify Award (for deaf and disabled acts)
Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent (for First Nations acts)
Best Regional/Outer Suburban Act
(Shortlisted Nominees announced and voting open Thursday 7 October)
Best Solo Artist
Best Breakthrough Act
Best Live Act
Music Victoria thanks Major Partners Bendigo Bank, City of Melbourne, Creative Victoria and Melbourne Recital Centre, and Event Partners Brick Lane, Channel 31 and Moshtix for their ongoing support of the Music Victoria Awards.
*Music Victoria Board Member Sally Mather is employed by Venue nominee Forum Melbourne
*Music Victoria Awards partners Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Music Week are nominated in the Venue and Festival categories respectively.
These Awards are industry-voted by independent panels, and nominees are not involved in the voting process.