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Swamp Stompers

Swamp Stompers

2016 will mark 25 years since the first North Coast Entertainment Industry (NCEIA), Dolphin Music Awards.

In 2016 the Awards will again acknowledge excellence in local music over many categories, with the opening date for entries being announced soon and the awards night to be held early in December.

Get your music ready to enter this special NCEIA Dolphin Music Awards for 2016!

2016 Auditions Concert

Following the success of the 2015 Auditions Concert, giving local talent a chance to perform in the NCEIA Dolphin Music Awards ceremony, we will doing it again this year!

If you have an act that you think would ‘kill it’ on Awards Night, make sure you audition this year. The rules are that the music is original and that you come from the (02) 66 area code.

Key dates:

  • Audition entries open: 18 March 2016
  • Audition entries close: 18 May 2016
  • Audition Concert: Saturday 18 June at Ballina RSL from 1pm to 7pm
  • (Entries for the Dolphin Awards open the 19th June)

Audition applications for the 2016 concert are now closed. We look forward to seeing you at the event on June 18!

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The 2015 Winners!

Category Artist Song
Adult Contemporary Jo Kelly Himalaya
Album of the Year Anna Free The Unsolved Crimes
Alternative / Indie Kirsten Pavlovic You Got My Heart
Blues Deidi Vine Bad Boy Blues
Country The Mid North Undertaker
Female Vocal Lucinda Gray Well Aware
Folk The Mid North The Letter
Heavy & Hard Krypt Dance of the Dead
Male Vocal (Steve Gilpin Memorial Award) Casey Barnes Hard Times
Music Video Carmen Cane Glory Man
Pop Rochelle Lees Band Tell Me It’s Over
Production Doot Worn Out Engine
Protest MT Bill & Mrs Hole In The Head
Rock Matt & Tanya Fisher Let Me Be
Song of the year Anna Free Make You Happy
Urban / Hip Hop / Funk Kellie Knight and the Daze Everything is One
World / Reggae Kellie Knight and the Daze Humanity
Youth Hannah Parrington Bones
Nick & Sam

Nick & Sam

A LITTLE HISTORY - The North Coast Entertainment Industry Association was formed in 1991 by a number of enthusiastic musicians with the goal of promoting and celebrating the regions rich music and performing arts industry. The Northern Rivers boasts a wealth of musical talent, skills, expertise and academic knowledge. The industry encompasses a multitude of people involved in a range of genres.

Aims of the organisation

  • To bring together and strengthen our regions music community.
  • To encourage developing musicians in this region
  • To acknowledge this areas talented musicians at our major event, the NCEIA Dolphin Music Awards
  • To create performance opportunities for members