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CANBERRA COUNTRY SONGWRITING AWARDS

In order to provide recognition and incentive to Australian musicians and composers the Australian Independent Music Association organises the annual Canberra Country Songwriting Competition and Awards. The Awards are presented at the Canberra Country Blues & Roots Festival in November.



Eligible Country Music Categories/Sub-Genres

         
      • Australiana
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      • Country Rock
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      • Balladeer
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      • Folk
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      • Bluegrass
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      • Honky Tonk
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      • Children
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      • Rockabilly
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      • Contemporary
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      • Traditional
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      • Country Blues
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      • Country Swing
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      • Country Gospel
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      • Alternate Country/Americana

Judges for the Canberra Country Songwriting Competition are from the media, events, recording and other music industry sectors. The Judges results are combined for a aggregated score ranking.

The Canberra Country Songwriting Competition is primarily aimed at non-professional and unreleased songs – although not excluding such gifted songwriters.

  • Professional songwriters are defined as those who received A$500 or greater of their income from songwriting in any of the past 3 years.

  • Commercial release applies to where the song has been offered for commercial use whether for sale or promotional purposes. Self funded albums are considered a commercial release in this competition.

  • International songwriter entries are welcome but only awarded in the International Award category and Sub-Genre categories



  • Canberra Country Songwriting Awards


  • Best Country Song Gold
  • Best Country Song Silver
  • Best Country Song by Professional Songwriter
  • Best Country Song by International Songwriter
  • Outstanding Country Lyrics Award
  • Outstanding Country Music Award
  • Judges’ Commendation Award
  • Country Composition Youth Award (under 18 yrs)

  • Sub-Genre categories (see above 14 categories) certificates given in each for

    • Australian Amateur
    • Australian Professional
    • International

    Entries Close 30 September

    Click here to Download Entry Form


    Click here to View Past Award Winners


    Click here to join the Festival mailing list.


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