​Entries for the Pacific Music Awards Are Open and Due by Monday 3 May 2021!

April 9th 2021
The Pacific Music Awards Trust is very happy to announce that the 2021 Pacific Music Awards, will be held on Wednesday 1 September at the Vodafone Events Centre.

During the challenging year of 2020, the Pacific Music Awards Trust were dedicated to celebrating Pacific music, supporting Pacific artists and keeping our community connected.  We proudly produced the 2020 Pacific Music Awards as an online presentation on 3 October, honouring our amazing 2020 finalists, award recipients and Pacific music community.  The late awards presentation in 2020, has impacted the 2021 timeline, but the Trust are excited about working on the 2021 ceremony, with plans to return to a live event.  The Trust also hopes to return to their usual timing in 2022. 

The 2021 Pacific Music Awards will celebrate music released in 2020, with the ceremony providing the opportunity to honour the achievements and success of our current Pacific artists and also pay tribute to our legacy and developing artists.   Nominations for all the entered award categories are for local Pacific artists, i.e. New Zealand citizens/residents, except for the Best International Pacific Artist Award, which is open to Pacific artists from overseas.  Pacific artists who have released singles, EPs or albums for sale, during 1 January – 31 December 2020, will be eligible to enter, with nominations due by Monday 3 May 2021.  The entered categories for the 2021 Pacific awards are:

  • Best Pacific Female Artist
  • Best Pacific Male Artist
  • Best Pacific Group
  • Best Pacific Gospel Artist
  • Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist
  • Best Pacific Soul/RnB Artist
  • Best Roots/Reggae Artist
  • Best Pacific Language
  • Best Pacific Song
  • Best Pacific Music Video
  • Best Producer
  • Best International Pacific Artist
  • Best Pacific Music Album (nb: Aotearoa Music Award ‘Tui’)

For the full information about entering the 2021 Pacific Music Awards, including the 2021 Terms & Conditions of Entry, please go to the Entries page on the awards website.  If you have any questions about the Pacific Music Awards or the nomination process, please contact the Trust on:  pacificmusicawardstrust@gmail.com

For the Trust’s Tautua Programme, they started the year with the Music in Parks Mangere - Family event; and supporting the New Music Pasifka funding round by NZ On Air.   Next will be the industry workshop series, providing a bridge between Pacific artists and the music industry organisations, with the first two workshops confirmed for 13 April with MMF, and 9 June with APRA.

The Pacific Music Awards Trust looks forward to the celebration of Pacific music and to sharing the 2021 Pacific Music Awards with you, so please save the date of Wednesday 1 September!  

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