A ray of light in the current fog that is lockdown, the Gold Coast Music Awards (GCMAs) today announced 50 finalists across nine categories, heralding the event’s seventh year of celebrating the city’s creative gold.

Presented by Blank Street Press in partnership with SPRINGTIME festival, the achievements of Gold Coast’s artists and venues are set to take centre stage at a dazzling red-carpet affair at Home Of The Arts (HOTA) on Saturday 4 September.

Leading the charge with finalist positions in more than four categories including the coveted Artist Of The Year gong is award-winning hip-hop songstress Jesswar, enigmatic indie-rockers Peach Fur, and international country sensation Casey Barnes. First-time finalists are likewise recognised, including acoustic gem Beckah Amani who’s chasing Breakout Artist Of The Year following massive Queensland Music Award wins and a Tones and I support slot; indie-pop duo Geniie Boy and First Nations artist-fronted hitmakers Selve and AYA J.

“For a year that saw the music industry gutted with uncertainty, reduced venue capacities and cancelled events, Gold Coast’s musicians and our beloved venues have outdone themselves. While we can only give away a small number of awards, we really want to acknowledge the immense achievements of all nominees,” said Gold Coast Music Awards chairperson, Samantha Morris.

Despite a tough year for the industry, the exceptional entrants made judging tough too. With more than 650 nominations received this year, “Each category was passionately debated by judges and for the first time, we even released the judging shortlist to acknowledge the quality of talent in the region.”

“More and more Gold Coast artists are growing into national and international exports, including our alumni: Amy Shark, Hollow Coves, Eliza and the Delusionals, Jacob Lee and Wolfmother’s Ian Peres. It’s exciting to have seen and supported their progression over the years and we can’t wait to see what this year’s crop achieves in the future,” said Ms Morris.

Organisers, industry and supporters, including Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, are looking forward to the Awards’ return this year, following the 2020 event’s inevitable cancellation, before it went on to stream virtually to more than 29,000 music industry representatives and fans, setting a precedent for online music award presentations nationwide.

“The Gold Coast Music Awards is an important beacon for our local music industry during these challenging times. I congratulate all the nominated artists and businesses and look forward to celebrating the strength and resilience of the local scene and the quality of their output,” Tate said.

Like Santa Claus spreading hope and happiness, GCMAs 2021 is bound to feel like Christmas for industry and fans alike, as we gather to toast the creative community and give thanks for the endless joy great music and music venues alike, bring to our lives.

For the complete run down of who made it onto Santa (aka GCMAs) ‘nice’ list, see the 2021 GCMAs Finalists below.

The Gold Coast Music Awards ceremony will take place Saturday 4 September at Home of the Arts (HOTA), Gold Coast. To attend or watch the awards ceremony, RSVP here.

2021 GOLD COAST MUSIC AWARDS FINALISTS

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
sponsored by Southern Cross University

Casey Barnes
Eliza and the Delusionals
Hollow Coves
Jesswar
Karl S Williams
Mass Sky Raid
Peach Fur

BREAKOUT ARTIST OF THE YEAR
sponsored by Griffith University and the Queensland Conservatorium

Beckah Amani
Buttered
Daste.
DOOLIE
Greatest Hits
Jesswar
Peach Fur
Rave Radio
René Le Feuvre

LIVE ACT OF THE YEAR
sponsored by Gold Coast Music

Busby Marou
Casey Barnes
Donny Love
Hussy Hicks
Jesswar
Karl S Williams
Peach Fur
Selve
Tijuana Cartel

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
sponsored by TAFE Queensland

Ella Fence
Fletcher Babb
Harry J Hart
Jackson Dunn
JVMIE
Lindsay Waddington
Majelen
Mitch King
Scott French

RELEASE OF THE YEAR
sponsored by Blank Street Press

Casey Barnes – Town of a Million Dreams
DOOLIE – Hope You Like My Mixtape
Hussy Hicks – Gather Up The People
Jesswar – Tropixx
Karl S Williams – Lifeblood
Peach Fur – Awake
Saint Lane – If You Leave Me In The Fire
These Four Walls – This Is Not A Future

SONG OF THE YEAR
sponsored by CBD Live

AYA J – Shine
Beckah Amani – Standards
Casey Barnes – Come Turn Me On
DVNA – All My Friends
DENNIS. X FDVM– Run Little House
Eliza and the Delusionals – Sentimental
Geniie Boy – Fool’s Play
Jesswar – Venom
Lastlings – Take My Hand
Peach Fur – Preloved
Saint Lane – When Did We Grow Up?
These Four Walls – White Lies

VENUE OF THE YEAR
sponsored by Oztix

CBD Live
elsewhere
Miami Marketta
Mo’s Desert Clubhouse
Soundlounge
Wallaby Hotel

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
sponsored by QT Gold Coast

American Doubles ft JVMIE – Can’t Let Go
Baltimore Gun Club – Universe City
Beckah Amani – Standards
boWsER – Supersonic
DENNIS. – What You Do ft. Professor Paul
Eliza and the Delusionals – Sentimental
Jesswar – Venom
Selve – The Pink Hotel
Tijuana Cartel – Minimal Stuffing

GOLD COAST MUSIC PRIZE
sponsored by Friends of the Arts

Chloe Styler
EUCA
Girl and Girl
Harry J Hart
Liv Heyer
Pure Milk
Selve
Talia Rose 

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
sponsored by Burleigh Brewing Co.

Open to all finalists – open for public voting Thursday 19 August

Music Is My Muse is a proud media sponsor of Gold Coast Music Awards 2021.