CANBERRA COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
In order to provide recognition and incentive to Australian country music performers, engineers and arrangers, the Canberra Country Music Festival organises the annual Canberra Country Music Awards. Covering both recorded songs and live performances these awards are very much about the songs that are the heart of Country Music.
The Canberra Country Music Awards provide recognition and incentives to Country Music performers, engineers and arrangers, and recognises their achievements on both a national and regional basis. It is unique, in that both regional contestants and national contestants compete against each other in the one competition, but recognition of local achievements is given in addition to any national achievements.
Anyone within Australia is eligible to win the national level of an award. Anyone within the Canberra Region is eligible to win the regional level of an award. Where an award is won by someone outside the Canberra Region, a Regional Winner will also be named, provided someone from within the Canberra Region has entered that category.
The Canberra Region is defined as; the Australian Capital Territory and surrounding region. The surrounding region is defined geographically as; the Illawarra and NSW South Coast, NSW Southern Highlands, NSW South West Slopes, Snowy Mountains and Riverina regions consisting of the local government areas of; Albury, Bega Valley, Berrigan, Bland, Bombala, Boorowa, Carrathool, Conargo, Coolamon, Cooma-Monaro, Cootamundra, Corowa, Cowra, Deniliquin, Eurobodalla, Goulburn-Mulwaree, Greater Hume Shire, Griffith, Gundagai, Harden, Hay. Jerilderie, Junee, Kiama, Leeton, Lockhart, Murray, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Snowy River, Temora, Tumbarumba, Tumut, Upper Lachlan, Urana, Wagga Wagga, Wakool, Weddin, Wingecarribee, Wollongong, Yass Valley, and Young.
Judges for Competitive Peer Awards section of the Canberra Country Music Awards are from the media, events, recording and other music industry sectors.
Awards this year include:
Industry Peer Awards:
Lifetime Achievement Award
Competitive Peer Awards:
Best Country Album
Best Extended Play CD
Country Australian Heritage Award
Contemporary Country Song Award
Open Country Instrumental Song Award
Best Production Award (Engineer/Arrangement)
Best Album/EP/Single Cover Artwork
Certificated Song Awards:
Alternate Country/Americana Song
Bluegrass/Mountain Music Song
Bush Ballad Song
Childrenís Country Song
Country Folk/Australiana Song
Country Gospel Song
Country Rock Song
Country Swing Song
Honky Tonk Song
Traditional Country Song
Peopleís Choice Awards (voted @ Festival):
Best Male Festival Performer
Best Female Festival Performer
Best Group/Duo Festival Performer
Best International Festival Performer
Youth Festival Performance Award
Country Buskerís Award
Entries Close 30 September
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