Music Victoria are excited to reveal the winners of the seven industry-voted awards handed out at the first ever live-streamed Industry Awards event, along with the two 2020 Music Victoria Hall of Fame Inductees. The new format online event also marked the beginning of the voting period for this year's public-voted categories with all nominees now revealed.
Industry stalwart Mary Mihelakos, and late blues musician Chris Wilson were revealed as the 2020 Hall of Fame inductees, with Chris' family Sarah Carroll, Fenn Wilson and George Carroll Wilson honouring his induction with a special live performance of his track 'Hand Becomes Fist'.
This night also awarded a selection of winners for the year's best venues, festival, producer and Outstanding Woman in Music. Music Victoria are thrilled to welcome Sarah Hamilton as the inaugural winner of the Outstanding Woman In Music Award for her incredible work with One of One alongside Joanna Cameron (Co-Founder) and Ellen Kirk (Director). One of One is a website that highlights women in the music industry and hosts a very special breakfast event on International Women's Day. Joelistics (Joel Ma) was crowned the debut recipient of the new Best Producer category for his work on Mo'Ju & Joelistics Ghost Town EP. Joel will also receive a $1000 voucher from Award Sponsor Yamaha.
This year's Best Festival winner, Golden Plains will receive three-years free subscription with festival management software Loadin.com. Regional Venue winners, Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong and Theatre Royal, Castlemaine will each receive a $3000 cash prize from Bendigo Bank, and the Best Small and Best Large Venue winners The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood and Forum Melbourne will each have the opportunity to rep their own bespoke line of branded Brick Lane tinnies!
All nominees for this year's awards will each receive a $100 voucher courtesy of Yamaha & Billy Hyde Music to spend on all Yamaha products and their associated brands including Line 6, Ampeg, Steinberg, Vox, Vater and EarthQuaker Devices. Voters will also go in the draw to win some of these vouchers! Plus, the good folk at Brick Lane are offering all voters the chance to win a slab of beer just for naming your favourite artists, songs and albums of the year, so be sure to check out the list of nominees below and head to the Music Victoria website before Friday 6 November and vote!
All remaining categories will be awarded at the official 2020 Music Victoria Awards, taking place on Wednesday 9 December at the Melbourne Recital Centre for the 16th instalment.