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 open Thursday August 20th and close 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 close 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 open Thursday August 20th and close 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 opens Monday 7 September through themusic.com.au. Once all online entries are closed, the Peoples Choice categories will be revealed.

When is the event held?

The 2020 SAM Award winners will be announced on Tuesday November 3rd 2020. As a ceremony will be conducted in line with current COVID-19 safety restrictions, the format of the celebrations will be announced at a later date.


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. Music SA staff and board do not receive results until the voting has closed.

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 5 x 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 7th 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.



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