Save the date: 13 - 22 January 2023

Talent Competitions


Talent Competitions & more

Some of the biggest names in country music perform in Tamworth during the Festival; there are a range of events which aim to discover the stars of tomorrow. The competitions are for singers, instrumentalists, poets, dancers, bands, songwriters and the youngest of performers.

Golden Guitars - Australian Country Music Awards of Australia

The CMAA Australian Country Music Awards of Australia are owned and managed by the Country Music Association of Australia. See our winners from the Golden Guitars at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.


Toyota Country Music Busking Championships

The Toyota Country Music Busking Championships have been designed to celebrate and recognise the talent in Peel Street during the festival. Registered buskers are judged throughout the week with a handful chosen to perform at the Best of the Buskers Concert on the final weekend of the festival.



Toyota Star Maker

Toyota Star Maker is Australia’s premier and most prestigious annual country music talent search. Aspiring artists are invited to compete for the coveted Toyota Star maker title and prize package including a full album deal and the 12 month use of a fully-serviced new Toyota car.
Phone: (02) 6767 5555  Email:



Golden Gig, Sponsored by Maccas gives young country music artists the opportunity to display their talent and kick start their musical journey.

If you're under 18 and interested in entering talent competition click the button below!

Click here to find out more and enter


Capital Country Music Association National Songwriter Award

All material submitted must be country music. Songs will be pre-judged and the decision of the judges will be final. 
Entrants can enter as many songs per section as they wish. Winners will be notified via Facebook and awards will be presented at the CCMA National Jamboree.

Contact President Peg Gilchrist 
PO Box 209 Tamworth NSW 2340
M: 0400 559 555

Capital Country Music Association National Talent Quest

Various sections. $15 entry fee per section. All contestants to provide their own backing during heats with backing tracks acceptable.

Entries close 13 January 2022. Late entries may be permitted.

Contact Coordinator Marg Campbell 
PO Box 209 Tamworth NSW 2340

Tamworth Bush Poetry Competition

Jan Morris
Phone: (02) 6765 9478


Australian Country Music People's Choice Awards

The Australian Country Music People's Choice Awards give "the people" the right to vote and have a say in who they believe is the best.

The 2022 Awards will be announced at a gala presentation in January.

More information on the website.

Tamworth Regional Council acknowledges the Gamilaroi/Kamilaroi people, who are the Traditional Custodians of this land. We would like to pay respect to Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in and visiting our region.