The 2020 Queensland Music Awards (QMAs), produced by QMusic, has unveiled a new Major Award category with the Emerging Artist Of The Year Award.

The Emerging Artist Of The Year Award will recognize the valuable contributions made by Queensland’s newest musicians. Artists with up to five years professional songwriting experience and with a modest body of artistic work will be automatically eligible for the Major Award on submission to a self-nominating category. The winner of the Emerging Artist of the Year will receive a Noisegate Producer Package valued at $2905. They will also receive a one-on-one session with a leading booking agent, manager and publicist as well as a QMusic one-on-one session and an invitation to attend the 2020 Amplify Songwriting Retreat.

“QMusic has introduced the Emerging Artist of the Year Award to showcase our commitment to supporting and developing emerging artists in our local music industry,” said QMusic CEO and QMAs Executive Producer Angela Samut.

The Song Of The Year promotional prize, provided by the event’s media partners The Music and Hit Network will be returning for its third year and increase to $24,000 next year providing in kind media support to the recipient. QMusic is also thrilled to announce the QMAs judging panel will be the event’s largest panel of music and media professionals in its nine-year history when the former QSong Awards became the QMAs. Queensland musicians will have their music heard by key operators within the Australian and international music marketplace.

New judges joining the QMAs include A&R Consultant/Manager Hosh Gureli (US) who has worked in the music industry for over 25 years, holding track credits with artists such as Swedish House Mafia. Sub Pop Records Publicist and A&R, Bekah Zietz-Flynn (USA) also joins the judging panel. Queensland-based judges include writer and producer Kon Kersting (Tones And I, Mallrat, Tia Gostelow) and Splendour In The Grass/Falls Festival Managing Director Elise Huntley who’s coming up on 30 years in the music industry.

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