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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
  • Rockabilly Song
  • Traditional Country Song
  • Live Recording
  • Music Video

    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

    Click here to Download Entry Form




    Click here to View Past Award Winners


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