Award Nominations

Nominations open for the 2020 Stan Coster Australian Bush Ballad Awards on 15th July 2020 and close on the 1st of October.

Download the nomination form here.

The awards are open to Bush Ballad material performed by and written by Australian artists and songwriters for material that has been recorded and released in Australia between 1st October 2017 and 30th September 2019. This means that albums and songs are eligible for nomination for two years however a particular track can only be entered in one (1) Year. Nominations may be submitted by either, recording artist, songwriter or producer.

The 2020 Bush Ballad Awards will recognise eight (8) categories including male vocal, female vocal, new talent, instrumental or voice group or duo, album, songwriter & comedy song.

The 23rd Annual Stan Coster Australian Bush Ballad finalists concert & awards ceremony is being held at 1pm at the Bungendore Showground on February 1st, 2020 and the Muster committee wishes everyone the best for this year’s awards.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.

About the Awards

Stan Coster Bush Ballad Awards

The first Stan Coster Memorial Australian Bush Ballad Award was held in 1998 and attracted 53 nominations. Over the years the number of nominations continues to grow with numbers increasing every year.

The 2019 Bush Ballad Awards recognised the following categories:

  • Male Vocal
  • Female Vocal
  • New Talent
  • Instrumental
  • Vocal Group or Duo
  • Album
  • Songwriter
  • Comedy Song
  • The Barry Thornton Encouragement Award.

The Bungendore Country Music Muster is proud to host the Stan Cost Bush Ballad Awards which are now in their 23rd year. The awards are a special feature for the patrons and an opportunity for Australian Bush Balladeers to showcase their talents and be awarded for their work by these highly prestigious awards.

The Barry Thornton Encouragement Award is awarded by the muster committee and is of special importance as it gives members a chance to acknowledge an up and coming Bush Balladeer who has been working hard at their “craft” throughout the year.

The awards are open to Bush Ballad material performed and/or written by Australian artists and songwriters.

Material must be recorded and released in Australia in the two year period leading up to the year of nomination for the Awards (eg. for 2020 Awards, songs must be recorded and released between 1st October 2017 and 30th September 2019). A particular track may only be entered in one (1) year.

Nominations may be submitted by either the recording artist, songwriter or producer. The Bungendore Muster committee has a strong belief in the promotion and preservation of Australian Country Music and the Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards and provide a venue for artists to showcase their talents.

Guidelines For Judging Categories:

Vocal Sections: Vocal Ability, Expression, Affinity with the Lyrics

Album: Overall Bush Ballad Content, Quality of Lyrics and Vocals, Production

Songwriter: Quality and Meaning of Lyrics, Melody

NOTE: Vocal ability and performance wiil NOT be criteria for judging.

Judging: The awards will be judged by a panel of five (5) judges. The Judges’ decision will be final and NO correspondence will be entered into.

Finalists: Finalists in each category will be advised no later than 1st December and will be expected to be present at the awards.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting us via our Contact page.

Track to Tomorrow Awards

In 2008 the Bungendore Country Muster committee introduced a new award “Track to  Tomorrow’. This award is to encourage and support a young up and coming Bush Balladeer.

The Track to Tomorrow awards are currently under review and will not be held in 2020.