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?
Tuesday November 3rd 2020, from 6pm.
Where are the 2020 SAM Awards?
This year’s SAM Awards will be taking place across the UniBar Adelaide, with the cloisters and lawn areas central to the event. Entry is via Victoria Drive, gate 9. There’s an Uber pin drop if you require.
What about the weather?
The awards will be taking place rain or shine. Marquee shelter will be provided over the lawns, umbrellas in the cloisters and the Unibar indoor space should it be needed. 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 venue is wheelchair accessible from Victoria Drive, and lifts are provided for accessible toilets. 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 are available for $40 from Moshtix.
What’s included in the ticket price?
This year hasn’t been easy for our industry and we wanted more than anything for everyone to still be able to safely come together to celebrate what has still been an incredible 12 months of music releases. Therefore, we’ve pivoted for 2020 to strip back the evening’s inclusions, with the ticket inclusive of the awards presentation and performances, drinks for the duration of the event and admission to the afterparty. The after party will commence upon the conclusion of the formal event and drinks will be available fr purchase then.
Meals will be available for purchase on site from Pizzateca from the beginning of the event.
Can I bring my own food?
Sorry, outside food may not be brought onto the site from outside, but you can purchase from the affordable range of items available from Pizzateca.
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 Thursday 8th of October. 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?
We’ll be announcing that really soon!
Who is performing on the night?
Announcing that soon too!
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 Thursday August 20th and closed Thursday September 3rd 2020.
How do I enter my band?
Entries are submitted via this online submission form HERE which is completely managed by our independent partner themusic.com.au
Entries closed Thursday September 3rd 2020.
Can I enter more than one category?
Yes, if you’re eligible. Check the eligibility criteria HERE.
How do I enter?
Entries opened Thursday August 20th and closed Thursday September 3rd 2020 via our independent partner themusic.com.au .
Artists are responsible for submitting their own entry (or someone else can enter for them) and in doing so are agreeing to the eligibility criteria. All submissions are checked for eligibility against these criteria.
The nominee short list for all industry and major awards is selected via ballot by a judging panel of ten (10) independent local industry peers. The short-listed nominees are then voted on by the full judging panel of ten (10) local and five (5) national industry peers to determine the winner in each category. All voting is done independently of others on the voting panel and completely external to the Music SA staff and board.
How do I vote?
Voting in the Peoples Choice Awards opened Monday 7 September through themusic.com.au, and closed on Friday October 2nd. Once all online entries are closed, the Peoples Choice categories 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 Thursday 8th October. 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 Tuesday 3 November 2020.