On Tuesday October 31, Music Victoria revealed the winning artists, venues, festivals and music industry leaders of the 2023 Music Victoria Awards. 

The awards ceremony took place at The Edge, Fed Square and welcomed Kutcha Edwards and Kirsty Rivers as inductees into the Music Victoria Hall Of Fame.

Renowned for his prolific union of songwriting and activism, Kutcha Edwards has seen a remarkable, three-decade career as a solo artist and a member in Watbalimba, Blackfire, and The Black Arm Band. Noting his experiences as a survivor of the Stolen Generations and his proud Mutti Mutti heritage as influences on his diverse creative output, Edwards’ ongoing contributions to Australian art are significant and powerful. 

With her influence found right across the country in policy, sector development and advocacy, including her instrumental involvement in the establishment of Music Victoria, Kirsty Rivers is a creative force whose work is informed by her commitment to the centrality of the artist and the empowerment of women and diverse communities within the sector. 


The 2022 Music Victoria Awards winners are: 


Charlie Needs Braces - 'Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent'

Katie Dey - 'Arts Access Victoria Amplify Award'

Origami with Wang Zheng-Ting - 'MAV Diasporas Award' 

Damon Smith - 'Best Blues Work'

Matt Joe Gow - 'Best Country Work'

Close Counters - 'Best Electronic Work'

Maria Moles - 'Best Experimental or Avant-Garde Work'

Lucy Wise - 'Best Folk Work'

ISUA - 'Best Heavy Work'

Agung Mango - 'Best Hip Hop Work'

Joshua Moshe - 'Best Jazz Work'

daine - 'Best Pop Work'

Killah Keys - 'Best Reggae or Dancehall Work'

Cable Ties - 'Best Rock or Punk Work' and 'Best Group'

Bumpy - 'Best Soul, Funk, R’n’B or Gospel Work'

Gab Strum - 'Best Producer'

Immy Owusu - 'Best Musician'

Julia Jacklin - 'Best Song or Track'

Cash Savage and the Last Drinks - 'Best Album'

Jen Cloher - 'Best Solo Artist'

Cara Murphy - 'Best DJ'

Watty Thompson - 'Best Regional Act'

Rising Melbourne (Kulin Nation) - 'Best Metro Festival'

Port Fairy Folk Festival (Gunditjmara) - 'Best Regional Festival'

Forum Melbourne (Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung) - 'Best Large Venue (Metro)'

Brunswick Ballroom (Wurundjeri) - 'Best Small Venue (Metro)'

Meeniyan Town Hall - 'Best Regional Venue or Presenter (Under 50 Gigs)'

Caravan Music Club - 'Best Regional Venue or Presenter (Over 50 Gigs)'


The Music Victoria Awards are presented by PBS and RRR.