Awards Information

How do the Awards work?


Entries in the 53rd Country Music Awards of Australia are for material released during the current eligibility period.  This eligibility period is for recordings commercially released 1 October through to 30 September each year, unless otherwise advised.

Entry in the Awards will open at 9am on Wednesday 28 August 2024, and will close at 5pm on Tuesday 1st October 2024.  Entries are accepted for country music audio and video recordings by artists or songwriters who are citizens or permanent residents of Australia or New Zealand.  Artists entering in 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 (five categories:  Alt Country Album of the Year, Traditional Country Album of the Year, Contemporary 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 in each of those categories.  We have expert panels to determine eligibility in each of these categories.  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 November 2024 (further information to be advised).

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 in January 2025.

If you’re considering entering in the 53rd Country Music Awards of Australia, you will be required to read and accept all terms and conditions contained in our Awards Handbook.   If you have any specific questions, we encourage you to contact our office.  We much prefer to answer your questions than have to contact you to advise that your entry is not eligible.

We're still working on the Awards Handbook for this year, but you are welcome to download last year's Handbook for REFERENCE ONLY.  We are not anticipating any major changes, but we highly recommend that you pop back to this page closer to the opening date of entry so that you can download the updated version.




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