BUDDING Gold Coast musicians are encouraged to enter the 2015 Queensland Music Awards, which are now open for submissions.
The annual Queensland Music Awards is a state-wide search for the best and most innovative homegrown songwriters and musicians and provides an opportunity for them to have their music heard by the ears of key music industry players and a national audience of millions.
Spanning a breadth of diverse musical talent, the Queensland Music Awards accepts submissions from published and unpublished original songwriters across all genres.
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Entry categories include: Pop, Rock, Blues/Roots, Country, Urban, Folk/Singer Songwriter, World, Jazz, Electronic/Dance, Heavy, Schools (Grade 6 – 12), Children’s Music and for the second year running, the new Music Video category.
Past awards have launched the careers of many regional Queensland musicians, most notably the international chart hitting songstress Emma Louise.
“I’d never had my songs listened to before my friend and mentor Terry Doyle recorded a few and sent them to Q Song, which is the now Queensland Music Awards, when I was 15 and living in Cairns,” said Emma Louise.
“Even by just submitting my songs they were heard by influential music people, and that was a great kick-start for my career. I met the people that I currently work with today because of the Queensland Music Awards.”
Other stand-out past Award winners who have gone on to achieve industry success include: DZ Deathrays, The Amity Affliction, Ball Park Music, Thelma Plum, Kate Miller-Heidke and MKO.
The 2015 Awards ceremony will take place at The Triffid on Wednesday 25 March 2015 – tickets will be available to the general public early next year.
Entries for both the Queensland Music Awards close on Friday 5 December 2014. For further details and entry information, visit the Queensland Music Awards website.