Open to any live, original music act that was based within the City of Gold Coast during 2017 and performed live shows both within the City and in other locations.
The act must have been actively performing in 2017. The award recognises a consistent body of work – that is the winner will be an artist who consistently performs live to a high standard. Judges will consider audience attendance, connection and engagement, the skill / talent and stage presence of the act in question, including use of lighting, effects or adaptability to unique venues and situations. The artist’s capacity and track record for touring outside of the city as well as the band’s professional reputation and promotional ability will also be taken into account. To be eligible, the artist(s) must be living within the City of Gold Coast. All entrants will also be assessed on their contribution to Gold Coast’s live music scene.