Global Music Awards opens doors. Our goal is to be your partner in your journey to the top. If you win our honors, our credibility may make it easier for you to lock-in bookings, be discovered by A&R executives and be signed by labels.

Established in 2011, the Global Music Awards is a well-known international music competition which celebrates independent musicians. Global Music Awards is widely recognized by industry insiders as giving legitimacy to highly talented artists. ‘Global Music Awards is recognized as music's golden seal of approval.’

Each year, Global Music Awards receives hundreds of entries from around the world. If you receive Global Music Award honors you will know that you music stands-out internationally, across cultures. You are being judged in an international competition, not just an American competition. Global Music Award participants are from Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Colombia, Crete, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Ecuador, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Guatemala, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States and Venezuela.

If we honor your work, it will provide worldwide credibility and create buzz. Our credibility makes it easier for you to lock-in bookings and sign labels. Selected winners will received opportunity for a mentoring session with top echelon industry insiders. We make it easier for you to get gigs and be discovered by A&R executives, labels and booking agents.

Global Music Awards Honors

Gold Medal Winner - Best of Show
Gold Medal Winner - Award of Excellence
Silver Medal Winner - Outstanding Achievement

The judges may also recognize a percentage of other noteworthy entries.

Bronze Medal Winner - Finalist

We discourage someone saying he or she was "nominated" for a Global Music Award simply because an entry was sent to us.

Occasionally the judges will recognize exceptional new artists or groups for honors without direct entry.

Global Music Awards has three special honors, each awarded annually to a musician for a group of musicians. Our goal is to say thank you to very special musicians who make the world a better place through their music.

Odyssey Award - Lifetime Achievement in Music
Humanitarian Award - Music Dedicated to Social Justice, Charitable Causes or Environmental Issues
Heretic Award - Protest/Activist Music

After your submission is received your entry goes through a multi-layered judging process including listener impact, technical quality, uniqueness and styling. Like most music competitions all first-level judging is conducted by Global Music’s in-house professionals. Entries judged to be potential Gold winners may be sent to outside judges for additional review. The last step in the judging process is to review all entries recommended for Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals once again in order to maintain consistency and high standards across all judging categories.

1. Submissions may be of any genre, any length.
2. Songs in other than English must include a copy of the written lyrics.
3. Entry fee for the first judging category is $50 US. Additional judging categories are an extra charge.
4. Written comments describing your entry and publicity materials are invited and helpful during the judging process.
5. Entries will not be returned.
6. Please provide your postal mailing address as we send official judging results letter to all participants in an envelope with important enclosures via the Postal Service. We do not send results via email.

Overall Rating
  • Helmut-Michael Kemmer

    It was an honor to be a part of your 2019 festival. The communication went absolutely smoothly. For further submissions, we will be happy to keep an eye on your festival at any time. Thank you very much.

    August 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Helmut-Michael. Thanks for your kind words. We love to be of service to musicians.

  • Carmen Traub

    Wow! This is a high honor to have my song 'Super God' as a selected Silver Medal Winner. Receiving a mailed letter was a very special touch. Thank you for doing that extra step for the winners. Thank you for listening to and truly considering every submission. I am so grateful to carry your laurel on all of my Super God artwork. Thank you, thank you! :) Carmen Traub

    June 2019
    Gma medallion
    Response from festival:

    Carmen. Thanks for such kind words. We liked your music video very much because it so reinforced your song. We added a link next to your comment in our blog. Thanks for being an important member of the Global Music Awards family.

  • From the Vietnam Veterans, cast and crew who worked on "Vietnam Aftermath" the biggest "Thank you!"

    June 2019
    Gma medallion
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Tom. Please give our heart-felt regard to the four vets who shared their stories.

  • Barbie Castro

    Great Festival! Great Communication! A1 Service! Thank you for honoring Taylor Castro as "Gold Medal Winner, Female Vocalist for Be Strong and I Got you!" She is honored and super grateful. We all are!!! THANK YOU!!!

    June 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Much of the joy of being involved with Global Music Awards is the privilege of exposed to exceptional new artists. Taylor has so much talent; it will be fun to watch her career emerge.

  • Overwhelmingly exciting and completely surprising film festival!!! When I got a letter in the mail for my composer Leti and her Bronze win for LIFT as a first time scorer, it was absolutely amazing!!! Now, she's an award winning film composer and I hope her career flourishes on and on! Congrats, Leti!!! You're awesome!!! And thank you a thousand times, Global Music Awards!!!!!!!!!!

    June 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Alexander and Leti

    Thank so much for your kind comments. We're pleased we could honor your work. High-quality film scores like LIFT have a special place for Global Music Awards.

    I want to tell you why we love film scores. About fifteen years ago I founded a group of film competitions that are are now well-known and listed on Film Freeway: Accolade Competition, Indie Fest and Best Shorts Competition. About five years ago I passed those wonderful film competitions on to a group of talented filmmakers. What I learned during my ten years reviewing films is how very essential music is to moving media. The key function of moving media is storytelling. Film scores are as important to film as light, plot and motion. Music is the tool that lifts and provides emotion for a plot. When judging films I would often watch without sound so I could focus on composition, editing and lighting. The emotional context and meaning of the film was always diminished. It's a real talent to create a score that matches and lifts a plot.

    We read the credits for every entry we receive by way of Film Freeway. It's always discouraging when filmmakers fail to credit the composer of their score and the musicians. Hopefully, at least in some small way, Global Music Awards helps give credit where credit is due.

    Thomas Baker, Ph.D
    CEO, Founder
    Global Music Awards
    7946 Ivanhoe Avenue, Suite 201
    La Jolla, CA 92037, USA