Toyota Golden Guitar Awards Information

How do the Awards work?

Nominations for the CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia are for material released during the eligibility period.  This eligibility period is 1 October through to 30 September each year, unless otherwise advised.

Nominations in the 2017 Toyota Golden Guitar Awards will open at 9am on Tuesday 30 August 2016, and close at 5pm on Saturday 1 October 2016.  (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:  Alternative 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, Alternative 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 29 November 2016.

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 500 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 28th January 2017.  Tickets are on sale 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).


To download the 45th Country Music Awards of Australia Nomination Handbook (required for entry), please click HERE.


Download the 45th Country Music Awards of Australia Judging Process & Guidelines, click HERE.


The CMAA together with The Tamworth Regional Council have partnered with Award Force, the industry leading online awards management system to provide our nomination and judging Award process that delivers the best, most advanced, thorough, secure and reliable Award experience available, anywhere in the world!













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