Global Music Awards' honors open doors. Our goal is to be your partner in your musical journey.

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, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Guatemala, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, 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 top award winners are featured with an exclusive display in Billboard Magazine and profiled in MusicalAmerica. 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

See website for prizes:

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. Each additional judging categories you add is an additional $25.
4. Written comments describing your entry and publicity materials are invited and helpful during the judging process.
5. Entries will not be returned.

Overall Rating
  • Caterina Ross

    It's been an honor taking part of this festival and I'm very excited with the medal. A great festival, I've been informed all the time and everything I can say about it is very good.

    June 2018
    Gma medallion
    Response from festival:

    Caterina. Thank you so much for your kind remarks. Our work is a labor of love for those of us at Global Music Awards. Your words mean very much to us and make our work worth doing! Congratulations regarding your high quality creative work. Welcome to the Global Music Awards family.

  • I am so grateful that my film Scandal won an Award at the Global Music Awards. Great communication, and great hospitality! Global Music Awards is definitely a top festival! Thank you to all the staff

    March 2018
    Gma medallion
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Pablo. We admire your work. You always have our best wishes.

  • Amr Al-hariri

    If you are talented, creative, and perfectionist, you have found your home in the Global Music Awards. If you are not a main stream artist, and want judges with eye on the future, this is a new home for you. If winning an award is very important to you, this is you home, you will be content not having an award when you see the caliber of your competition.

    December 2017
    Gma medallion
    Response from festival:


    Please forgive our long delay in saying "thank you" for such a kind and thoughtful review. We're just back in our offices today after three weeks of staff vacations.

    Your review means a lot to us! Thank you so much.

    Thomas Baker, Ph.D., founder and CEO, Global Music Awards

  • Vanessa Delaine

    Professional and completely recommend. Thank you

    November 2017
    Gma medallion
    Response from festival:

    Venessa. Thank you so much for your supportive review. We sincerely appreciate that you took time to post your view.

  • Brian Ford

    Very professional; I was kept well-informed :)

    October 2017
    Gma medallion
    Response from festival:

    Brian. Thanks for taking time and being so thoughtful as to post a review. The only reason Global Music Awards exists is to be supportive and helpful to musicians and filmmakers.