Music Victoria Awards reveals new format for 2020, to be split across two separate events

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Music Victoria Awards reveals new format for 2020, to be split across two separate events

For the first time in the Awards’ history, a livestreamed Industry Awards night will precede the flagship Music Victoria Awards with the events taking place on October 8 and December 9 respectively.


The first of the two celebrations will see Music Victoria’s 2020 Hall of Fame inductees honoured while seven of the 21 industry-voted awards will be announced. The event will be hosted by longtime Awards MCs, RRR’s Chris Gill and PBS FM’s Lyndelle Wilkinson, and will be broadcast via Music Victoria’s YouTube channel.


Open to the public for the first time ever, nominees, families, friends, fans and Music Victoria members will be able to tune in from 8pm on Thursday October 8 to see the recipients of the inaugural Outstanding Woman in Music Award and Best Producer Award revealed.


Previously-recognised accolades such as 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 will also be announced.


As a special treat for viewers, each of the two 2020 Hall of Fame inductees will be commemorated with an intimate live tribute performance on the night and to cap off proceedings, Music Victoria will also lift the lid on the nominees for the remaining 14 industry-voted awards.


Following the Industry Awards, online voting for the seven public-voted awards will be open – the likes of Best Album, Best Band, Best Song, Best Solo Artist, Best Musician, Best Breakthrough Act, and Best Live Act awards to be recognised with the help of the public.


Music Victoria is thrilled to announce the Awards’ new education sponsor JMC Academy and new beer sponsor Brick Lane Brewing; they also welcome Event Partner Scene Change, whose studio will be broadcasting the Industry Awards livestream, alongside Channel 31, who will be broadcasting the flagship event in December.


Billy Hyde have also jumped on board in 2020 and will be dishing out a $100 voucher to all music nominees to spend on Yamaha gear. Another new sponsor is who will be awarding all festival nominees with their festival management software for free while major partner Bendigo Bank will award regional category winners with $3000 cash each.


In collaboration with the Victorian Government’s Victoria Together program, Music Victoria will also be offering all nominees for Best Song and Best Album a paid and professionally-filmed livestream event.


All of the remaining categories not handed out at the Industry Awards will be honoured at the official 2020 Music Victoria Awards taking place on Wednesday December 9 at Melbourne Recital Centre.



Music Victoria’s Industry Awards go down from 8pm on Thursday October 8 via Music Victoria’s YouTube channel – hear here for more information. This story was originally published on Beat Magazine.