COVID 19 Restrictions
Please note due to capacity restrictions, tickets are extremely limited.
On arrival you will be required to check in at the door to receive your wristband. Please follow all staff, security and COVID Marshall’s instructions once on site. Please be mindful of others, ensure social distancing, use the sanitiser provided and follow all signage.
If you feel unwell on the night, please stay home.
For those with tickets, closer to the event you’ll receive further event information & an update on any COVID guidelines you need to be aware of.
When are the 2020 SAM Awards?
Thursday November 18th 2021 from 6pm
Where are the 2020 SAM Awards?
The Old Adelaide Gaol
18 Gaol Rd, Adelaide 5000 SA
What about the weather?
The awards will be taking place rain or shine. Dress for all weather! In the case of adverse weather, we’ll advise you of any changes.
Who can attend?
The South Australian Music Awards are open to everyone to attend!
Is the event accessible?
Absolutely. The Adelaide Gaol is completely accessible but should you need any further details on accessibility or have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Where do I get a ticket?
Tickets will be available from Moshtix
What’s included in the ticket price?
The ticket is inclusive of the awards presentation and performances, dinner and drinks for the duration of the event.
Can I bring my own food?
Sorry, outside food may not be brought onto the site from outside, but there will be dinner provided.
How are the nominees / finalists selected ?
People’s Choice long listed finalists consist of every eligible nomination submitted by the public. People’s Choice awards are then voted for 100% by the public via our independent external media partners themusic.com.au and the public are able to cast a single vote within each genre category. To ensure maximum integrity of the voting process, only one vote per email address and per IP address is counted. The People’s Choice finalists are the five artists who have received the most votes from the public in each category.
With regards to the industry and major awards, each year a judging panel consisting of ten (10) local and five (5) national industry peers are engaged. The panel is carefully considered to ensure that it includes a diverse range of gender, age and culture. The judges on the panel will always represent different facets within the Australian Music industry. The SAM Awards work to ensure that no musical genre will be specifically favoured through the selection of the panel, as the individuals on the panel come with an eclectic background and tastes.
The local judging panel go through the applications in a first round of voting in the creation of a shortlist of nominees in each category – this varies between 4 and 6 nominees, depending on the results from the judging panel, or if there are no more entries in that category. Every single submission for either the People’s Choice Awards or Major and Industry awards is included in the first round of voting, as long as it meets the eligibly criteria.
These nominees are announced Wednesday 22nd September. The whole judging panel (local and national) then go on to vote to determine the winners in each category of the short list.
Judges vote completely independently, and all voting is done autonomously. The results of each category are not shared between the judging panel and they are not informed of the outcomes of each category until the awards are announced.
All judges are required to declare conflicts of interest related to all categories that they vote in, and should a conflict of interest be declared, they become ineligible to vote in that category.
Who is hosting the evening?
Our 2021 MC is the incredible Bridget Hustwaite!
A lover of local music since high school, Bridget Hustwaite is a radio broadcaster and current host of Good Nights on triple j. Bridget rose through the ranks of community radio and online music writing and is based currently based in Melbourne. She’s judged in numerous award categories such as the ARIA’s, The Age Music Victoria Awards and NT Song Of The Year, and is extremely pumped to be involved in the SA Music celebrations as your MC.
Who is performing on the night?
Announcing that soon!
Who can enter the SAM awards?
All South Australian artists, provided that they meet the eligibility criteria. It is crucial that you read and understand all the eligibility criteria before you submit an entry. Entries can be submitted by artists themselves or by a supporter who wants to enter an artist that they love. Entries opened Wednesday 1st September 2021 and close Wednesday 15th September 2021.
How do I enter my band?
Entries are now closed
Can I enter more than one category?
Yes, if you’re eligible. However, entries are now closed.
How do I enter?
Entries opened Wednesday 1st September and are now closed.
How do I vote?
Voting in the Peoples Choice Awards are now open through themusic.com.au, and close on Sunday 10th October. Once all online entries are closed, the People’s Choice category nominees will be revealed.
What is the difference between a ‘People’s Choice’ and ‘Major and Industry’ Award?
The Peoples Choice awards are voted for, and entries are submitted by, the South Australian music community and are 100% public voted. The Major and Industry Award nominees and winners are selected by a judging panel of fifteen (15) local and national industry peers.
Do winners receive a prize?
Every winner receives a custom made trophy, to cherish forever. Selected Major and Industry awards have additional In Kind and Cash Prizes attached.
How are the winners selected?
People’s choice awards are 100% voted for by the public via themusic.com.au. themusic.com.au is an independent third-party website to ensure the integrity and independence of the voting process. Multiple entries from the same IP address are excluded in order to prevent vote tampering.
For the Industry and Major awards, each year a judging panel consisting of ten (10) local and five (5) national industry peers are engaged. The panel is carefully considered to ensure that it includes a diverse range of gender, age and culture. The judges on the panel will always represent different facets within the Australian Music Industry. The SAM Awards work to ensure that no musical genres will be specifically favoured through the selection of our panel, as the individuals on the panel come with eclectic backgrounds and tastes.
The local judging panel go through the applications in a first round of voting which results in the creation of a shortlist of nominees in each category. Every single submission for either People’s Choice Awards or Major and Industry Awards is included in the first round of voting, as long as it meets the eligibility criteria.
These nominees will be announced on Wednesday 22nd September. The whole judging panel (local and national) then go on to vote to determine the winners in each category of this short list.
Judges vote independently of others on the judging panel as a secret ballot. The results of each category are not shared between the judging panel and they are not informed of the outcomes of each category until the awards are announced.
All judges are required to declare conflicts of interest related to all categories that they vote in, and should a conflict of interest should be declared, they become ineligible to vote in that category. Even though they are not on the voting panel, all Music SA staff and board members are also required to declare any conflicts of interest. Where there is a conflict, the staff or board member is required to withdraw from every aspect of facilitating the voting process.
Winners are announced at the award presentation ceremony on Thursday 18th November 2021.