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Be a part of the Australian Roots Music Awards

The ARMAs were conceptualised as a means of rewarding musicians purely for their music. We are not concerned with career status.
The ARMA’s are solely dedicated to supporting – and promoting – Australian roots music. Embracing the roots genre and the skilled musicians from its craft, the Australian Roots Music Awards (ARMA) will be held  in Nimbin this September. Designed to celebrate the finest musicians in the styles of Folk, Americana, early blues, alt country, Australiana and bluegrass music, musicians are now being encouraged to enter to be part of Australia’s only roots-focused awards.
the ARMAs will work hand-in-hand with  the Nimbin Roots Festival. Nimbin Roots Festival features a plethora of local, nation wide and unique up and coming roots musicians. The winners of the awards will be announced during a special gala ceremony at the festival – which runs from 14-16 September 2018, the ARMA winners will be judged by a panel of Australian music industry professionals.

For a  full list of judges, please visit the desktop version of this site.

                                                                          ARMA 2017 winners

The Australian Roots Music Awards are pleased to announced their WINNERS for 2017!

Two local musicians have been recognised at the Australian Roots Music Awards held at the Nimbin Roots Festival 2017. 

The late Anthony Lycenko, a renowned record producer from Byron Bay, and the late alt-country singer-songwriter Karl Broadie, both had award categories named in their honour. 

Lismore's Luke Vassella won Karl Broadie Best Song for Something Good a song about the devastating Lismore floods in March this year. 

Tullara from Grafton won Best EP for her release Better Hold On. 

The Anthony Lycenko Best Album was awarded to Sydney artist Justine Wahlin for A Long Way from Home.

The winners for the 3 categories  are:

Karl Broadie Best Song:
*Something Good - Luke Vassella

Best EP:
*Tullara - Better Hold On

Anthony Lycenko Best Album:
*Justine Wahlin - A Long Way From Home


Check out her work here

Justine Wahlin takes out the Anthony Lycenko Best album of the year at the 2017 ARMA awards. You can chek out more of her work here

Luke Vassella singing his winning Song - Something Good at the ARMA gala evening. You can check out his work here ​​​​​​

2018  ARMA Judges

Gus McNeil
(Cellar Music Publishing)

Polly Coufos
(The Australian - Music Reviewer)

Paul Greene
(ARIA finalist - Best blues  and Roots)

Gareth Bjaaland
(Local old time fiddle and banjo and street performer)


ARMA conditions of entry​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

1. The cost is $20 per entry payable at the time of submission. Entries will not be considered valid unless the above mentioned fee is paid in full.

Three awards will be on offer for:

 i. Best song  (original composition)

ii. Best EP ( up to 7 compositions with 80% or more being original compositions)

iii. best Album ( 8 or more compositions with 80% or more being original compositions)

3. You can enter as many times as you want, in as many categories as you like but please note that each entry requires that above mentioned fee of $20 is paid. For example John Smith enters 2 songs into Best Song, 1 EP into Best EP, and  2 Albums into Best Album. The total cost for John Smith's entries is 5x$20=$100.

5. Judges decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

6. Entry to ARMA 2018 will close midnight 12th August 2018. Postal entries (EP & Album categories only) will be accepted if postmarked before midnight on 12th August 2018.

7. Entries in to Best Song category must be submitted along with MP3 formatted recordings ( please do not upload larger formats or try and send hard copies). Send to   [email protected]

8. Entries to  Best EP & Best Album  categories must be submitted along with 2 hard copies of CD. Send to Nimbin Roots festival Po Box 181 Nimbin, NSW 2480

9. Fill in the paypal form below to submit. All categories must fill in the paypal form and pay via this form. Categories for best album and best EP must also send 2 x hard copies.