The Queensland Music Awards, known colloquially as the QMAs, is a state-wide search for some of Queensland’s best and brightest musicians that launched for the first time last year in partnership with QMusic and The Courier-Mail. A wide range of artists in a variety of genres are to be recognised for their innovation in songwriting and music excellence.

Judged by a panel of music industry professionals, drawn from all over the nation, finalists are chosen based on their musical abilities as well as their national significance; and today the QMA panel have announced their list of finalists.

The likes of roots duo Busby Marou, quirky indie act Ball Park Music, zinging guitar slingers Last Dinosaurs, as well as The Medics, The Grates and Brisbane garage provocateurs DZ Deathrays are up for nomination for the Most Popular Group award; while the likes of The Jungle Giants, Cub Scouts, Mosman Alder, Dubmarine and Ben Salter are all up for awards in various genre categories.

On top of that, Arts Queensland have added the nominees for its Billy Thorpe Scholarship award. A cash prize of $10,000 put together by the Queensland Government to help build the careers of emerging artists.

The winners will be announced during an awards ceremony, to be held at Brisbane’s Old Museum on Tuesday 14th August which will also act as a showcase for music performances from the state’s legendary Ed Kuepper, Ball Park Music, up-and-comers Art of Sleeping, The McMenamins and more.

Limited tickets will be on sale to the general public through Oztix (from July 5th) but music fans can still have their voice heard by voting in the Courier-Mail People’s Choice Awards. Which also puts them in the draw to win tickets to major music festivals including the Big Day Out, Harvest Festival, Woodford, Soundwave and BIGSOUND Live. Voting opens today over at the Queensland paper’s website.

Last year’s inaugural awards ceremony recognised an array of emerging artists, winners including Brisbane garage duo DZ Deathrays (in the Rock category for “Gebbie Street”), The Medics (for Indigenous Act) and the recently disbanded The Middle East claimed album of the year – for their first (and only) record, I Want That You Are Always Happy.

The 2011 QMAs also recognised Kate Miller-Heidke as the ‘Most Popular Female’ for the Courier-Mail’s People’s Choice award as well as for the Export Achievement Award. While indie chanteuse Emma Louise scooped two gongs for her track “Jungle” in the Pop and Song Of The Year categories.

The full list of 2012 finalists is below:




I Still Don’t Believe Busby Marou Brisbane
Do You Hear Cub Scouts Brisbane
I’ll Change Your Mind Kate Miller-Heidke Brisbane
Mr Polite The Jungle Giants Brisbane
Dollar Chills DZ Deathrays Brisbane
Winter Was The Time Jeremy Neale Brisbane
I Don’t Write No Sad Songs Texas Tea Brisbane
Summertime The Keep On Dancin’s Brisbane
M&R Bec Laughton Brisbane
Underwater Carly Dickenson Brisbane
Stratosphere Pigeon Brisbane
Xplodes When Played ft. Kitch Shola Brisbane
Looking Glass Kingfisha Brisbane
Wanderlust Band of Frequencies Sunshine Coast
Golden Band of Frequencies Sunshine Coast
Love Me Longtime Swing Pete Cullen Sunshine Coast
Dawn To Rise A Breach of Silence Brisbane
Empty Smile A Breach of Silence Brisbane
Devil Blues Black Mustang Brisbane
Relic Lynchmada Gold Coast
Finality Lauren Lucille Brisbane
Dresden Marialy Pacheco Brisbane
Flood Lines Toby Wren Quartet Brisbane
Rich and Famous Toby Wren Quartet Brisbane
New Beginning Becc Holdorf Scenic Rim
Rainstorm Jordan Brodie Cairns
You Could Be Happy Sahara Beck Sunshine Coast
Bang Bang Bang Sahara Beck Sunshine Coast
Unconditional Dubmarine Brisbane
Red Roses Sue Ray Toowoomba
Golden Bear The Medics Brisbane
Griffin The Medics Brisbane
Unconditional Dubmarine Brisbane
Take This Message Impossible Odds Brisbane
The Valley Rainman Brisbane
Good Thing (ft. Mr Hill) Seven Gold Coast
Cyclone Country 8 Ball Aitken Brisbane
The Old Man’s Gone Brad Butcher Brisbane
Precious Little Harmony James Ipswich
Red Roses Sue Ray Toowoomba
Unconditional Dubmarine Brisbane
The Vespa with a Bullbar Greshka Brisbane
Icarus Falling LAIQUE Brisbane
Panini Fandango Lüke Brisbane
The Great Divorce Kate Martin Townsville
The Alphabet Song Texas Tea Brisbane
Raisin Heart Mosman Alder Brisbane
Fever Paul Donoughue Brisbane
Australia is a Dangerous Place Tyrone and Lesley Brisbane
The Goat and the Goose Nadia Sunde Sunshine Coast
Alphabet Groove BoomTish Brisbane
The Hopping Mouse The Lamplights Gold Coast
Rainstorm Jordan Brodie Cairns
Tom Whisky Blues Pete Cullen Sunshine Coast
Lover Evermore Sue Ray Toowoomba
All I’ve Found Band of Frequencies Sunshine Coast
The Cat Ben Salter Brisbane
Bloodstreams DZ Deathrays Brisbane
Magnetic North Kellie Lloyd Brisbane
Secret Rituals The Grates Brisbane
DZ Deathrays    
Last Dinosaurs    
The Grates    
Jeremy Neale    
The Secret Whisper    
Astrid and the Asteroids    
Cold and Need    
Most Popular Female ArtistEmma Louise
Patience Hodgson
Harmony James
Kate Miller-Heidke
Katie Noonan
Most Popular Male ArtistAndrew Redford
Tim Steward
Troy Cassar-Daley
Pete Murray
Danny Widdicombe
8 Ball Aitken
Most Popular GroupBusby Marou
Ball Park Music
Last Dinosaurs
The Medics
DZ Deathrays
The Grates