14 November 2012

MAMA's voting open!

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Over the last month, Music ACT have been accepting entries for the inaugural MAMA’s awards. If you were still hoping to enter, you’re too late for this year, but you can now cast your vote for the categories below. The more people that vote, the bigger the boost to the The ACT music industry.

Music ACT have gone all out to ensure that this is a showcase event bringing in a number of independent judges to arrive at the short list of finalists, who in two independent groups also arrived at the same finalists for artist of the year, and live performer of the year.

Peter Bayliss, Director of Music ACT told me that “The idea is that if we give winners a title like ‘Best Rock Band in the Capital’ they’ll probably become international rock stars. If they name the best songwriter, it will lead to a more prestigious song writing industry. With a big stage in a beautiful old hall (Albert Hall on dec 7), MusicACT can give the leading players a platform for their potential. ”

The inaugural MAMAs which will be held on December 7 at the Albert Hall (reclaiming it from persian rug sales) should be an awesome event celebrating and recognising the diversity of original music in Canberra. Tickets are now available here. Check back often. Music ACT will also be organising two workshops in the leadup to the awards night on music management and production.

    Public voting categories.


    Artist of the Year

    The Aston Shuffle
    Readable Graffiti
    Super Best Friends

    Youth Artist of the Year

    Dylan Hekimian
    Natalie Magee

    Live Performer of the Year

    The Aston Shuffle
    Readable Graffiti
    Super Best Friends

    Live venue of the Year

    The Phoenix
    UC Refectory
    Hippo Bar
    The Abbey
    The Polish Club
    Transit Bar
    Llewellyn Hall
    Trinity Bar

    Industry Judged Categories

    Song of the Year

    Tangled Up In Dreams – Domestic Lavers
    Broken Bird – The Wedded Bliss
    In Love With The DJ – Shane Edson

    Engineer/Producer/Studio of the Year Nominees

    Duncan Lowe
    Sam King
    Kimmo Vennonnen
    ALbert Achanfuo Yeboah
    Ian Pav

    Best Urban Artist (Hip Hop, Soul, RnB, Rap)

    Kayo Marbilus
    Bushland Prodigies
    Big Dave

    Best ACT Rock/Alternative

    (also combined punk, metal & hardcore due to lack of entries)
    Aeon of Horus

    Best ACT Pop Artist

    Beth n Ben
    Amber Nicholls
    Fun Machine

    Best ACT Jazz/Blues Artist

    Fiona Boyes
    Dorothy Jane Gosper
    Key Grip

    Best ACT Folk Artist (inc. world music)

    Xavier Dunn
    Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens
    James Fahy

    Best ACT Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Producer

    System Segue
    The Aston Shuffle

    Best ACT Country Artist (inc. Western)

    Doctor Stovepipe
    Alice Cottee
    Leanne Cassidy

[image courtesy of BMA]

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