South Australian Music Awards Powering Ahead For 2020

The accomplishments and emergence of wonderful South Australian music over the last 12 months is set to be celebrated this year, with the South Australian Music (SAM) Awards powering ahead for 2020.

The 2020 SAM Award winners will be announced on Tuesday November 3rd 2020. 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.

The SAM Awards remain a standout calendar moment for the South Australian music industry, as well as becoming a key date for national industry players too to keep an eye on what’s happening in SA and discover just why it has been named a UNESCO City of Music.

In 2019, the SAM Awards hit a record of voting numbers in the lead up to the gala ceremony at Adelaide University’s prestigious Bonython Hall, which saw artists including Horror My Friend, Adrian Eagle and Electric Fields come away with awards. This year’s SAM Awards looks to amplify the voices of the SA music community once more and put the spotlight on a creative community turning heads Australia wide.

Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said: “The South Australian Music Awards will once again recognise, promote and celebrate excellence in our local music industry. The Marshall Liberal Government is proud to be a major partner of Music SA and the SAM Awards. We value our state’s music sector which, not only contributes enormously to the cultural fabric of our community, but also supports hundreds of local jobs.”

Newly appointed General Manager at Music SA, Kim Roberts says “In what’s been a very difficult year for our industry, I’m really looking forward to celebrating all of the excellent music and fantastic achievements that have emerged out of SA in the last year. It’s such a great opportunity to acknowledge the creativity and innovation that makes our community so exciting.”

As always, the SAM’s Industry and Major awards will be decided by a panel of 15 national and local judges who represent and work across various facets of the industry and are valued members of the overarching Australian music community. We are delighted to announce an exceptionally strong panel this year.

Alex Karatassa (5/4 Entertainment)
Beck Pearce (Office of Adelaide UNESCO City of Music)
Declan Byrne (Triple J)
Ed Noble (Sunny Side Uploads)
Emily York (Penny Drop)
Grant Gillies (Gaga Music)
Grayson Rotumah (Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music)
Hannah Fairlamb (Girls Rock! Adelaide)
James Alberts (Jimblah)
Kate Bailey (ABC Adelaide)
Lewis Wundenberg (Wundenberg’s Recording and Rehearsal Studios)
Maggie Collins (Morning Belle)
Tam Boakes (Jive)
Tyler Jenke (Rolling Stone)
Zane Dean (Fresh 927)

The People’s Choice Awards will be voted by members of the public, with voting opening on Monday September 7th via

Submissions open 9.00am Thursday 20th August for the 2020 SAM Awards here, closing September 3rd, for the below categories. 2020 sees some new award categories including Best Innovation, an award focused on championing new media and ideas around the music landscape, Best Music Educator and splitting the Festival / Event category.


BEST STUDIO (Presented by Adelaide Music Collective)
BEST STUDIO ENGINEER (Presented by SAE Institute Adelaide)
BEST LIVE TECHNICIAN (Presented by Novatech)
BEST VENUE (Presented by AHA – SA Branch)
BEST COVER ART (Presented by Version Design)
BEST MANAGER (Presented by Association of Artist Managers)
BEST NEW ARTIST (Presented by WOMADelaide)
BEST GROUP (Presented by Derringers Music)
(Presented by Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music – CASM)
BEST SOLO ARTIST (Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre)
BEST RELEASE (Presented by
BEST INNOVATION (Presented by CityMag)


BLUES & ROOTS (Presented by Radio Adelaide)
COUNTRY (Presented by Grace Emily Hotel)
EXPERIMENTAL (Presented by Ancient World)
FOLK (Presented by The Wheatsheaf Hotel)
HEAVY (Presented by Enigma)
HIP HOP (Presented by The Gov)
JAZZ (Presented by Elder Conservatorium)
POP (Presented by Jive)
PUNK (Presented by Three D Radio)
ROCK (Presented by Crown and Anchor)
SOUL/FUNK/R&B (Presented by Woodville Town Hall)


Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020
Further details to come

The SAM Awards is looking ahead to the future in continuing their commitment to celebrating the thriving community of musicians that really make SA Great.

Submissions open 9.00am Thursday 20th August
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