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 including 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, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Guatemala, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, 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.

Awards & Prizes

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:

Rules & Terms

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.

7 Reviews

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    Vanessa Delaine

    Professional and completely recommend. Thank you

    November 2017
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    Brian Ford

    Very professional; I was kept well-informed :)

    October 2017
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    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.

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    Russell Emanuel

    Had a wonderful experience, thank you!

    July 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank Russel. So pleased we could honor your work and that our process was a good experience for you. If you think of any way we can be of greater service please let us know.

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    Michaël Resin

    Thanks For All and my first music award !! Back to you soon with the album !

    December 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much participating in the GMAs. Congratulations on becoming a #GMAalumni
    We look forward to hearing your album

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    Angela En-Yu Lao

    This is the first music award in my life! Thank you, Global Music Awards! I'm so happy!!

    December 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Angela. Thanks so much for your kind words. It's help make all the hard work in this labor of love seem worth doing! Thomas Baker, Global Music Awards