17-26 January 2020


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.

Queen of Country Music Quest

The Queen of Country Music Quest is one of the longest standing traditions of the Tamworth Country Music Festival established in 1984 by the Tamworth Business Chamber as a promotional event for local business involvement in the annual Festival and aims to find two young women to act as ambassadors for the Tamworth region and the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
The Quest is currently in its best position ever with the community support behind the revival and takeover of the management of the quest by the Tamworth Sister City Committee.

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: info[at]starmaker[dot]com[dot]au

 Coca-Cola Country

 For 40 years Coca-Cola Country has been giving everyone the chance to take to the stage and perform in Tamworth!

 Now you can be performing on the famous Town Hall stage as part of Coca-Cola Country's  CCMA National Talent Quest with categories including, Battle of the Young Stars, Battle of the News Stars, Battle of the Bands, Battle of the Bluegrass or Walk up and sing.

Click here for more information to apply


Tamworth Songwriters' Association Annual Awards Presentation and Concert

The Tamworth Songwriters' Association conduct an annual competition for songwriters to test their songwriting skills against others and receive feedback for improvement.
For further information call 0409718391 or go to TSA website www.tsaonline.com.au

Tamworth Songwriters' Association Inaugural TSA Talent Quest

Held at the Tamworth City Bowling Club, entrants will be required to sing two songs, and in keeping with the association’s “First The Song” motto, one must be their own composition and the over can be a cover version of a song of their choice or another original song. Entry is free, bookings are essential, spots are limited and there are no walk-ups. Contact Lydia Clare at tamworthsongwritersassociation[at]gmail[dot]com for more information.

Aristocrat Entertainer of the Year

Aristocrat Entertainer of the Year - information and entry forms:

West Tamworth Leagues Club website
Phone: (02) 6765 7588

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 2020 Awards will be announced at a gala presentation in January.

More information on the website.

Hog Star Talent Quest

Are you a Solo / Duo Act? Are you between 12 and 18 years old? Are you ready to kickstart your career? Then the 2020 Hog Star Talent Quest is for you!

Venue: The Loft, Hogs Breath Café, 265-267 Peel Street, Tamworth NSW

When: Heats to be held over six days from Saturday, 18 January to Thursday, 23 January

Final to be held Friday, 24 January featuring all heat winners

6pm ‘til late each day

More information is available at the website www.thelofttamworth.com