Calling All Music Lovers! The SA Music Awards Are Back, So Make Your Vote Count

The SAM Awards entries are open! And we are excited to celebrate Adelaide’s incredible music scene.

Music is very much at the heart of SA, especially when we look back at our rich and successful music history. We’re not only the City of Festivals but also Lonely Planet’s Live Music City of Australia! So it’s no surprise that the South Australian Music (SAM) Awards are a standout fixture on the UNESCO Adelaide City of Music’s calendar of events.

Some of our great musicians include Sia, Jimmy Barnes and Cold Chisel, Tkay Maidza, The Angels, Allday, Hilltop Hoods and A.B. Original. And we don’t plan on stopping there with the SAM Awards who recognise, promote and celebrate the myriad of emerging and successful individuals in the contemporary music industry.


A range of categories to nominate artists under, are now open until August 12. Musicians can enter themselves and music fans can enter their favourite act online here. The award categories include both People’s Choice Awards, voted by the public, and SAM Awards, selected by a judging panel of local and national industry peers. (see awards and judges at the end of the article)

On November 8 winners will be announced and awarded at the music industry’s night of nights: the SAM Awards Gala Ceremony. The ceremony continues to be an open event, with early bird tickets going on sale to the general public on August 16 via Moshtix.

An innovation for the 2018 awards is the removal of the Best Male and Best Female categories, to be replaced with Best Group and Best Solo Artist. General Manager of Music SA Lisa Bishop explained: “We believe it is important not to vote on the basis of gender. SA has a diverse pool of high quality, contemporary musicians at the top of their profession, who collaborate and perform together and are recognised by the industry and audiences as equals.”

Chair of Music SA Anne Wiberg said the 2018 awards are set to pay tribute to the incredible talent we have in our state. “The music being produced in South Australia right now is outstanding and the opportunity to celebrate this through an event like the SAM Awards is a real privilege”

Nominate online now. The SAM Awards is Adelaide’s chance to recognise our incredible musicians and place them in the elite company of previous winners such as A.B. Original and Tkay Maidza.  Also, don’t forget to check out their facebook and very new website packed with everything you need to know.

Good luck Adelaide Musos!

Award Categories:

BLUES & ROOTS Artist – Presented by The Gov
COUNTRY Artist – Presented by The Grace Emily Hotel
ELECTRONIC Artist – Presented by Fresh 92.7
EXPERIMENTAL Artist – Presented by Ghostnote Studios
FOLK Artist – Presented by Wheatsheaf Hotel
HEAVY Artist – Presented by Underground Records
HIP HOP Artist – Presented by Northern Sound System
JAZZ Artist – Presented by Elder Con                                                  
POP Artist – Presented by Fat Controller
PUNK Artist – Presented by Three D Radio
ROCK Artist – Presented by Crown and Anchor Hotel
WORLD MUSIC Artist – Presented by WOMAdelaide

Best Studio
Best Engineer
Best Music Festival / Event – Presented by Moshtix
Best Music Venue
Best Manager
Best Cover Art
Best Music Video – Presented by Channel 9
Best Song – Presented by APRA AMCOS
Best New Artist
Best Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander Artist – Presented by Nexus Arts
Best Group
Best Solo Artist
Best Release – Presented by The Music

Judges Include:

Alice Fraser – Laneway Festival
Ben Martin – Golden Era Records
Courtney Duka – Yewth Mag / 5/4 Entertainment
Dan Rankine – Funkoars / A.B. Original
Jade O’Donahue – Three D Radio
Jason North – Truthinc Records / Heavy SA
Kelly Menhennett – Musician
Motez – Musician
Sharni Honor – – Porch Sessions
Spoz – Spoz’s Rant
Nick Findlay – Director of Music, Triple J
Grant Gillies – Publisher, GAGA Music
Jess Beston – Director, Tiny Monster
Rebecca Young – Manager, Collective Artists
Richard Moffat – Festival Programmer, Groovin’ The Moo


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