The Corner Award was launched in 2016 as a way to say thanks and give something back to the industry that has been so good to us for so long. The annual award is dedicated to celebrating artists who are breaking the mould and making an impact with their music.



The Corner Hotel in Richmond is thrilled to announce the return of our annual Corner Award; revealing the 33 rising Australian artists who have made the 2019 longlist. Now in its fourth year, the accolade was launched as a way to give a bit back to the music community, celebrating the next generation of local musicians who are doing amazing things.

Since being presented with the Corner Award, previous recipients Sampa the Great, Cable Ties and Baker Boy have all gone on to do incredible things, with each artist selling out shows Australia wide, dominating the international festival circuit and releasing a tonne of great new music along the way.

This year’s longlist is a testament to the talent being unearthed across the ever-expanding and eclectic Australian music scene. Featuring artists from right around the country and representing a diverse range of styles and genres, the 2019 Corner Award longlist encapsulates the future of Australian music.

The Corner Award longlist has been collated by a brain’s trust of experts from all areas of the music industry. Together they’ve compiled the list based on who they believe to be the cream of the creative crop, spotlighting artists who are putting in the hard yards and securing themselves prime position to benefit from the award.

The Corner Award was launched in 2016 as a way to celebrate great Australian artists who are breaking the mould and doing exciting things with their music. The 2018 longlist is a testament to the diversity of the Australian music scene and the unique contribution that contemporary artists are making to a broad spectrum of genres across the country.

Inaugural recipient SAMPA THE GREAT played to a sold-out crowd in 2016 with Remi and Baro supporting. 2017 recipients, CABLE TIES, hosted the Cable Ties Ball complete with a lineup of incredible artists Miss Blanks, Habits, The Dacios, Eat-Man, Simona, Miss Destiny and more to a sold-out crowd.

Experts from different facets of the music industry were invited to come together and curate a list of innovative artists, rather than selection via an arduous application process. The Brains Trust delved into their vast musical knowledge, frequent show attendance and understanding of the current Australian music scene to choose and support artists that are doing exciting things.

For me the Corner Award added more to my repertoire because it’s a prestigious new award. It moved me away from the realm of just an underground artist putting me into the realm of a more professional artist.
— Sampa The Great (2016 Corner Award Recipient)



  • A cash cheque of $5000

  • A headline show at the Corner Hotel (including production & promotion)

  • Pre-production time at Bakehouse Studios prior to the show

  • $1000 towards artwork costs from Mushroom Publishing

  • 2 week poster run from Plakkit

  • Full page ad package from Beat

  • $500 towards merch production with UNIFIED Merchandise Services


  • 3 x off peak rehearsals in the best available room at Bakehouse Studios

  • $200 food & drinks voucher for Corner Hotel (valid for 12 months)


Helen Marcou – Bakehouse Studios, SLAM

Jacinta Parsons – ABC Local Radio

Kate Duncan - The Push

Lauren Taylor – RRR FM

Linda Bosidis – Mushroom Publishing


Anna Northeast, Jason Moore, Sally Mather & Vaughan Quinn from Corner Hotel