2019 SAM Awards: South Australian Music's Night Of Nights

Heaps Good Friends at 2018 SAM Awards. Heaps Good Friends at 2018 SAM Awards. Image: Facebook

With triple j Home and Hosed host Declan Byrne at the helm as MC, things are really hotting up ahead of the 2019 South Australian Music (SAM) Awards.


With more than a decade of broadcast experience to his name, Declan is an expert in all things music and is thrilled to be heading to South Australia to host the awards that take place at Bonython Hall 22 November. "I can’t wait to be a part of the SAM Awards," Declan says.

"In my hunt for new Aussie music, artists from Adelaide and all over South Australia are popping up more than ever and are among some of the best in the country."

The SAM Awards judging panel includes industry professionals such as triple j Music Director Nick Findlay, Clarity Records’ Laura Horvath, Porch Sessions founder Sharni Honor, Co-Director of Girls Rock! Adelaide Hannah Fairlamb and Fresh 92.7 Assistant Content Director Zane Dean.

Click here to discover the SAM Awards 2019 nominees.

In addition to the usual line-up of awards, this year APRA AMCOS’ annual coveted award, The Emily Burrows Award, will be presented at the SAM Awards. The award was instituted in 2001 in memory of Emily Burrows, a former APRA employee from South Australia.

A $5,000 prize is given each year to recognise and further the professional development of eligible South Australian songwriters and artists. "For the past 18 years," APRA AMCOS representative Alana Jagt says, "the Emily Burrows Award has been presented at the APRA AMCOS (SA) end of year celebrations.

“However, its inclusion in the South Australian Music Awards schedule makes sense as it creates further peer and industry recognition for both the recipient and the award itself.

"It was time for change, so it's fantastic we've been able to bring it to this great event. Furthermore, it's the first time that songwriters and artists have been able to self-submit for consideration, which is a great step forward for the award."

Adrian Eagle 2018 AwardsAdrian Eagle at 2018 SAM Awards - image supplied

While the award ceremony will comprise mostly musicians as well as music industry members, there are a select number of tickets available to the general public to enjoy the atmosphere first-hand.

Here are 5 reasons to get off the couch midweek and support your local music scene.

1: Support your local music scene and enjoy SA's best live music performances.

2: Sink your teeth into an amazing spread by Bits and Bites as well as dinner by Woodfire Pizza Co. and Adelaide Woodfired Pizza.

3: Enjoy incredible wine by Yalumba, beer by Young Henry's and cider by Hills Cider Company.

4: Spruik your best outfit for 2019 on the red carpet.

5: Experience an inaugural celebration of SA music at the historical (not to mention very impressive) Bonython Hall.

2019 SAM Awards take place at Bonython Hall (Adelaide) 22 November.

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