How do the Awards work?
Nominations for the 2018 Toyota Golden Guitar Awards are for material released during the current eligibility period. This eligibility period is 1 October through to 30 September
each year, unless otherwise advised.
Nominations in the 2018 Toyota Golden Guitar Awards are now closed.
Nominations are accepted for country music audio and video recordings by artists or songwriters who are citizens or permanent residents of Australia or New Zealand. Artist/s being nominated for these Awards are required to be current financial members of the CMAA (apply HERE
There is a three phase judging system - first phase is our Integrity Round
(three categories only: Alt Country Album of the Year, Bush Ballad of the Year, and Bluegrass Recording of the Year), and this round determines whether the entry complies with the criteria of the category. We have three expert panels to determine Bush Ballad, Alt Country and Bluegrass awards. If an entry is considered by a majority of our specialist Integrity Panel Judges for that category to not fall within the guidelines and criteria, the artist is contacted and provided with the opportunity to either select another category in which to transfer to, or withdraw that entry.
Our VIP Round
of judging is the second phase. Our VIP Judges are carefully selected from the industry including artists, record companies, media, broadcasters, and other Industry professionals. Our VIP Judges determine the top five (5) Finalists in each category.
The top 5 Finalists in each category are announced in Sydney on 21st November 2017. This event is strictly by invitation only and not open to the public,
but will be streamed to the public on the day.
The final round of judging is undertaken by current financial CMAA Professional Members
and the VIP judging panel
, who vote to determine the winners in each of the voted categories.
Over 600 separate pieces of recorded product and over 150 individual nominations generally feature in each year's Awards.
The winners are announced at the gala Toyota Golden Guitar Awards presentation in Tamworth on Saturday 27th January 2018. Tickets are on sale soon HERE
The exception to this process is the Top Selling Album award which is awarded to the album with the highest sales during course of the year, and these figures are collated and provided to the CMAA by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).
If you’re considering nominating in the 2019 Toyota Golden Guitar Awards, please come back to this page later next year for all the latest information. If you have any questions regarding eligibility or rules in the meantime, please don't hesitate to email your query to the CMAA firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the 46th (2018) Golden Guitar Awards Judging Process & Guidelines, click HERE.
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