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September 20, 2022

Nominations are now open for the 2022 SAM Awards

The South Australian Music Awards is taking nominations for the state's best local bands, musicians and industry workers for its 2022 event, so now's the time to shoutout your favourite artists.

  • Words: Johnny von Einem
  • Pictures: Samuel Graves
  • Above: Seven-time SAM winners Teenage Joans at the 2021 event

The celebratory music festival that is the South Australian Music Awards will return on Thursday, 17 November this year, offering you a chance to make sure your favourite SA musos make the cut.

The SAM Awards celebrates the best of our state’s music scene in a range of publicly voted and industry-decided categories, and you can nominate your best friends/favourites here.


South Australian Music Awards nominations are open now ’til Monday, 3 October.
Submit your nomination here.

In the public-voted realm, there are a range of genres to choose from, such as best blues & roots, country, electronic, experimental, folk, heavy, hip hop, jazz, pop, punk, rock and soul/funk/RnB.

The industry awards span both on- and off-stage talent.

From now until 11:59pm on Monday, 3 October, you’re able to nominate your favourite studio, studio engineer or producer, live engineer, small or major festival, manager, venue, cover art, music video, innovation, music educator, song, new artist, group, solo artist, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist, and EP or album release.

The SAM Awards is also spreading its scope further across the state this year, introducing two regional categories: best regional venue/music activation and best regional artist.

Once nominations close, the winners will be decided upon by a group of local and national industry figures:

  • Aaron Austin-Glen, from Adelaide Guitar Festival;
  • Declan Byrne, a Tripel J presenter;
  • Dom Alessio, from Sounds Australia;
  • Ed Noble of Noble Music;
  • Gareth Lewis of GA Entertainment, Beer & BBQ Festival and UniBar;
  • Kate Holland of KTB Communications;
  • Leah Flanagan, from the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Music Office;
  • Letisha Ackland, of Balya Productions;
  • Lewis Wundenburg, of Wundenberg’s Recording Studios;
  • Matiah Haros, from Fresh 927;
  • Nathan Davies, from The ‘Tiser;
  • Sarah McLeod of The Superjesus;
  • and national music writer and presenter Sosefina Fuamoli.

CityMag will also be giving our two cents on the 2022 cohort, with our favourite local music writer, Angela Skujins, joining the judging panel. (She has promised to bring this energy to the process.)

Nominations for the 2022 SAM Awards can be made via the website. Don’t let whoever you consider to be Adelaide best band, musician, or music-affiliated human go uncelebrated.

The winners will be announced at the November event, happening at Hindley Street Music Hall. Ticket’s are not yet live, but put the 17th in your diary and we’ll see you there.

Hindley Street Music Hall. This picture: Saige Prime

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