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CANBERRA BLUES & ROOTS AWARDS

In order to provide recognition and incentive to Australian blues & roots music performers, engineers and arrangers, the Canberra Country Blues & Roots Festival organises the annual Canberra Blues & Roots Awards. Covering both recorded songs, live performances and songwriting these awards are very much about the music that are the heart of Blues & Roots.




The Canberra Blues & Roots Awards provide recognition and incentives to Blues & Roots 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 or international achievements.

Anyone within Australia is eligible to win the national level of an award, whilst non-Australian citizens elsewhere are eligible for the international class awards. 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 Blues & Roots Awards are from the media, events, recording and other music industry sectors.

Awards this year include:

Industry Peer Awards:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award

    Competitive Peer Blues Music Awards:

  • Best Blues Album
  • Best Blues Extended Play CD
  • Best Blues Compilation CD
  • Best Blues Song
  • Best Blues Live Recording
  • Best Blues Production (Engineer/Arrangement)
  • Best Blues Music Video
  • Best Blues Instrumental
  • Best Blues Album/EP/Single Cover Artwork

    Competitive Peer Roots Music Awards:

  • Best Roots Album
  • Best Roots Extended Play CD
  • Best Roots Compilation CD
  • Best Roots Song
  • Best Roots Live Recording
  • Best Roots Production (Engineer/Arrangement)
  • Best Roots Music Video
  • Best Roots Instrumental
  • Best Roots Album/EP/Single Cover Artwork
  • Best Roots Instrumental

    Songwriting Awards:

  • Best Blues Song Lyrics
  • Best Blues Song Music
  • Best Roots Song Lyrics
  • Best Roots Song Music

    Entries Close 30 September

    Click here to Download Entry Form




    Click here to View Past Award Winners


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