Musicoz Awards

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The Musicoz Awards are billed as Australia's premier music awards for unsigned artists. We are proud to be supported by the Australian Music industry and have been responsible for artists signing major recording deals in the U.S (Porcelain/Universal) as well as artists touring internationally.

The Musicoz Awards have been nicknamed the "Unsigned ARIAs". We present 27 National Music awards for unsigned and independent artists that are drawn from entries in 18 categories of music.

If you are an independent, unsigned artist or band and you have or can get a recording together, you are eligible to enter The Annual Musicoz Awards. All you need is a few songs and a completed EPK and you're on the way to entering Australia's premier music awards.

If selected, you are in the running for great industry opportunities and other development packages including: 4 days recording time at Studios 301 (renowned as the biggest and best recording studio in Australia); mastering of above recordings by Turtlerock Mastering Studios headed by Rick
O'Neil, one of the best mastering engineers in the business; broadcast quality music video from Hilton Media; professional photo shoot from Access All Areas Photography; a quarter page ad in Artists section of "The Bible",
The Australasian Music Industry Directory by IMMEDIA; R09 2-track portable digital recorder valued at $795; Maton - EM225C acoustic guitar valued at $1399; RODE NT2A studio microphone valued at $895; Management Mentorship
from Coady Management Group; MGM Pressing and Distribution Deal with MGM Distribution; A performance slot at the 2006 Musicoz Awards held at WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong, broadcast nationally on Channel [V] and SBS.

If your song wins an award, it will be included on the Musicoz Winners Compilation CD professionally mastered by Paul Bryant and distributed to all radio in Australia as well as key music industry persons both here and internationally. It will also be released and distributed through MGM.

Judging Panel includes:

  • Jamie Feldman

    Capital Records (USA)Director A&R

  • Rob Specogna

    Mainstreet Studios - Producer/Engineer

  • Simon Moor

    Sony/ATV Music Publishing - A&R Manager

  • Craig Hawker

    EMI - A&R Manager

  • Roger Sommers

    Producer/Engineer (Sender, Rage Against The Machine, Alanis Morrisette, Rod Stewart, Tesla)

  • Courtney Hard

    Sony/BMG Music - Senior A&R Manager

  • Catherine Haridy

    Warner Music - A&R Manager

  • DW Norton

    Faultline Records/Walk The Earth Management - Producer/Engineer

  • Martin Blackwell

    Australian Songwriters Association

    Categories and Awards are as follows:

  • 1. POP

    The Best Pop Artist Award -

    Sponsored by Mainstreet Studios

  • 2. ROCK

    The Best Rock Artist Award -

    Sponsored by Velvet Sound Recording Studios


    The Faultline Records Best Metal/Hardcore Artist Award


    The DrumMedia Best Alternative Artist Award


    The Maton Guitars Best Acoustic Award

  • 6. URBAN

    The Roland Best Urban Artist Award


    The Central Station Records Best Dance Artist Award

  • 8. JAZZ

    The KLD Best Jazz Artist Award

  • 9. BLUES

    The Bowman & Burke Solicitors Best Blues Artist Award - Sponsored by A#Sharp studios

  • 10. COUNTRY

    The Country Music Channel Best Country Artist Award - Sponsored by One Stop Entertainment and Love Hz Studios

  • 11. FOLK

    The Best Folk Artist Award -

    Sponsored by Trad & Now Magazine


    The Best Classical Artist Award


    The Down Under Safety Best World Artist Award


    The Best Christian/Gospel Artist Award


    The CAAMA Music Best Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artist Award


    The MAD CDs Best Schoolies Artist Award -

    This is a category officially for school students.(at least one member of entrant needs to be attending school). Any style of music accepted.


    The K&R Best Instrumental Artist Award -

    Any genre of music will be accepted for this category. Sound scapes, noise artists, intrumentalists, solo artists, international music, ambient, film scores, digital artists, relaxation and therapy music, production music.

  • 18. VIDEO

    Please note: Each artist may submit up to 3 times. If an artist submits 3 times, the fourth submission will be FREE. The Musicoz Awards are open to all professional and amateur bands, singer/songwriters and musicians who are Australian citizens or currently residing in Australia.

  • Terms And Conditions


    1. The Musicoz Awards are open to all professional and amateur bands, singer/songwriters and musicians who are Australian citizens or currently residing in Australia. Publishing, management and distribution deals are allowed. Smaller indie labels not released through majors are also allowed. Judges and employees of the Musicoz organisation, and anyone already signed to a major record label or Artists signed to large indie labels (i.e. Shock) are ineligible.

    2. Each entry must consist of completed and signed entry form, CD (no cassettes, DATs, minidisks) cheque/money order or credit card payment to:- MUSICOZ, PO BOX 1201 Wollongong NSW 2500. One overall publicity photo (300 dpi) and biography should also be included to be used should the entrant become a finalist or winner). All video clips must be on DVD. Each clip on seperate DVD if more than one is entered.

    3. Each song entry must be on a separate CD and video on a separate DVD. All entry packages must be postmarked no later than 31st July 2006. MUSICOZ reserves the right to extend this date at its discretion. Contestants may enter up to four songs per category. Each entry per category will incur an entry fee except that every fourth song entry is free.

    4. Each entry shall not infringe any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties. Songs previously released by a major label are not eligible. Each entrant shall, by entries, indemnify and hold MUSICOZ harmless from and against any claims inconsistent with foregoing. All entry fees are non-refundable. All materials submitted will not be returned. MUSICOZ is not responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected postage, overdue, stolen or misappropriated entries.

    5. Winners will be selected by a panel consisting of top music industry professionals who may be substituted to availability or at the discretion of Musicoz. All songs entered are judged equally on originality and strength of melody, lyrics, composition and performance. Production qualities are not considered in judging.

    6. The entrant shall (or shall cause copyright owner of the entry if different from the entrant) to agree to permit MUSICOZ to include any of the songs entered by the entrant on any official MUSICOZ CD/video/DVD/TV program/website or multi-media CD releases that are for promotional purposes only. The entrant also agrees to allow MUSICOZ to include any entered songs, any photos/likenesses, any video footage that will be used in any television broadcasts and any radio broadcasts, and as part of the MUSICOZ Awards ceremony and as a part of any press release or electronic media release.

    7. Each entrant acknowledges that in the event that he/she is an award winner or finalist or entrant featured in the Musicoz Awards, then without compensation, MUSICOZ will have the right to publicise and print his/her name and photographic likeness and use any video footage that is either supplied by entrant or that is taken from entrant performing at a Musicoz event. And the fact that he/she won a prize in the Musicoz Awards and all related matters.

    8. PRIZES -will be divided between 18 category winners, and other special award winners at the discretion of MUSICOZ and such other prizes as MUSICOZ may in its sole discretion award. Prizes will not be exchanged for cash or anything else. The judge's decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. All prizes must be claimed within one year of the 2006 Musicoz Awards. The Musicoz logo and mention that the artist is a Musicoz winner must be included on all CD s that make up any part of a prize. Musicoz and the fact that the artist are a MUSICOZ winner must be prominently included in all press releases and promotional material relating to the CD prize. The relevant prize/award sponsors must be prominently included in all media and CD releases relating to prize.

    9.All entrants that become Musicoz Award Winners agree for their winning song to be included on the Musicoz Winners Compilation CD, and agree to enter into a non-exclusive licensing agreement with Musicoz Records which will be distributed through MGM Distribution.

    10. Winners and finalists also agree to take all reasonable steps to attend the 2006 Musicoz Awards, and attend or perform at any functions as reasonably required by Musicoz sponsors (at sponsors expense)

    11. Entrant agrees to be bound by MUSICOZ's entry procedures and established rules and regulations.