The winners will be announced at the official award ceremony on Friday 11 November.
Last year’s inaugural SAM Awards were hailed a success with droves of music industry heading out to support the event and hundreds of entries from local musicians highlighting the world class talent from South Australia.
This year new categories have been added with 10 public-voted genre awards a few of which include Best Experimental/Avant-Garde, Best Heavy and Best Jazz artists. New additions to the eight industry awards include Best Studio and Best Engineer; and amongst the major awards, a new category for Best Aboriginal Torres Straight Islander Release.
A very special moment form the 2015 ceremony was the unannounced Ryan Freeman Live Music Award, which went to the soulful alt-country songwriter Kelly Menhennett who received $4000 to assist her career. The career-boosting award was created by his family in honour of Ryan Freeman, a live music fan who passed away in 2009, and will be repeated for the 2016 ceremony.
Music SA General Manager Lisa Bishop says “We are so proud to recognise and celebrate the wealth of talent we have in South Australia and emplore all eligible musicians to enter the SAM Awards. We really look forward to making the event even bigger and better in 2016!”
Entries will be open until Sunday 31 July. All award information, eligibility criteria and online entry forms are now available at www.southaustralianmusicawards.com.au