Music history will be made when artists from across the State take their place centre-stage at the star-studded 2022 Queensland Music Awards (QMAs) ceremony on Tuesday 29 March.
Almost 70 finalists will contest the awards across 17 QMA Song and Video categories, four emerging artists will vie for the 2022 Billy Thorpe Scholarship and three People’s Choice Awards will be announced during the annual celebration of Queensland’s music industry.
The music industry and fans alike are invited to join the state’s best and brightest musicians performing live under the chandeliers of Fortitude Music Hall with tickets to the QMAs, produced by QMusic, on sale now at queenslandmusicawards.com.au.
Voting has also opened in the People’s Choice Awards, presented by Oztix and Scenestr, with music lovers encouraged to vote for their favourite regional and metropolitan music venues and favourite festival or major event.
QMusic CEO Kris Stewart said this year’s 68 finalists were an interesting, exciting and diverse mix of artists, adding several standout acts and artists had also already received Highly Commended accolades across all categories.
“We have some of Australia’s most exciting names in music up for awards including The Jungle Giants, Ball Park Music, DZ Deathrays, WAAX, Casey Barnes, Eves Karydas, Nat Dunn, Sampology, and Golden Vessel,” Mr Stewart said.
“The QMAs is also a golden opportunity to be among the first to hear from the next big names in music such as Hope D, Zheani, Felivand, Hallie, Freight Train Foxes, Hayley Marsten, Hollow Coves and iiiConic.
“I invite music-lovers across all genres to book their tickets today and join us at Fortitude Music Hall for what will be a stellar night of good times and great music.”
Long-time QMA judge and 98.9fm station manager Dan Rennie said he was delighted with the number of Indigenous artists nominated for the 2022 QMAs, reflecting the exceptional quality of music produced across the state in the past year.
“The amount of amazing First Nations artists that came out with new music last year – and across a great variety of genres too – made our jobs as judges really, really difficult,” Mr Rennie said.
“From punk to soul, from Beddy Rays – who are one of the tightest bands I’ve seen in a long time – to the RnB of Miiesha; these are bands and artists so proud to fly that First Nations flag.
“People are consuming their music, and media in general, on so many new platforms, giving these artists so many opportunities to be heard.
“I have to give credit to venues too, and big places like The Triffid and Fortitude Music Hall, who have given these artists a platform to win over fans.”
The annual $10,000 Billy Thorpe Scholarship, presented by QMusic and supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, offers one emerging act the opportunity to record with a professional producer and receive career planning from Chugg Entertainment.
Established in 2010 in honour of the late Billy Thorpe, an internationally revered rock musician with five decades of performing, writing and producing achievements, the scholarship recipient will be announced during the QMAs.
Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch congratulated the four outstanding and inspirational finalists: Alex Edwards (Brisbane) Cloe Terare (Toowoomba), DENNIS. (Gold Coast) and Jem Cassar-Daley (Brisbane) in this year’s Billy Thorpe Scholarship Award.
“Queensland’s contemporary music sector continues to pave a pathway of hope, healing and happiness,” Minister Enoch said.
“These four talented nominees are just a small part of live music’s significant and dynamic contribution to our state’s diverse arts and cultural offering.
“The Palaszczuk Government recognises the power and value of music for the community and has invested $13.7 million in the live music sector as part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Congratulations to all nominees in this year’s Queensland Music Awards,” Ms Enoch said.
Queensland’s best festival and best regional and metropolitan venues will be decided by public vote, with input from an expert industry panel, in the 2022 People’s Choice Awards.
Voting is now open at https://bit.ly/QMA22PCAVoting and everyone who casts their vote is in the running to win an overnight stay at New Farm’s Calile Hotel and a double pass to the 2022 QMAs ceremony.
For more information about the 2022 QMAs and to purchase tickets, visit
The 2022 Queensland Music Awards is produced by QMusic which is supported by the Queensland Government.