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
  • santina vendra

    While I was unable to attend the event in person, the communication with the event organzers was excellent, and I feel that the value and quality of the event made this event a worthwhile entry.

    December 2019
  • Lisa Sniderman

    Loved Global Music Awards! From the initial emails indicating what to expect, to receiving a Silver Award for Keep Shining music video, to receiving a mailed certificate, to them including the award on their website with a link to my video and all their personal correspondence and promotions. The only thing better would be to have them have an actual physical awards show!

    December 2019
  • Carey Missler

    Global Music Awards is an amazing festival with International recognition. We were fortunate to have our Music Video chosen as one of the Winners in the event. Since then we have received enormous amounts of positive feedback, Media Interviews and News stories. This is an amazing festival and we highly recommend Global Music Awards.

    December 2019
  • Elizabeth Usher

    I was very impressed with how the Global Music Awards are run. Thomas Baker responded to any emailed questions quickly and very helpfully. The physical letter and sticker laurels were a treat to receive as well.

    I also love the fact that the judging includes consideration of 'protest/liberation music' and a Humanitarian award to encourage engaging creatively with social justice concerns through music.

    November 2019
    Gma medallion
    Response from festival:

    Elizabeth. We admire your work and your determination to bring attention to climate change, animal rights and social justice. These are the defining issues faced by humanity and the measure of our decency. When I chat with young musicians and filmmakers I urge them to write lyrics and tell stories about these issues. In my opinion, the relevancy of artists will increasingly be defined by singing and storytelling about these issues.

  • 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
    Gma medallion
    Response from festival:

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