WINNER: Andy Downer won a Dolphin Award in the 2014 competition.
WINNER: Andy Downer won a Dolphin Award in the 2014 competition. Contributed

Entries open for Dolphin Awards songwriters' contest

THE Northern Rivers annual songwriters' competition, the Dolphin Awards, is on again, with entries opened on June 1.

The ever-expanding competition this year is boasting a new night, an inaugural "pop-up" concert on Sunday, July 19.

The event will showcase up to 18 acts across two stages at the Ballina RSL Club.

"This is the first time we're opening the floor to any band out there, they don't have to enter the contest," organiser Wendy Ford said.

"It's all about cultivating and showcasing talent in the Northern Rivers area.

"If they want to be on the Dolphin Award stage this is a huge opportunity for them.

"The production is really world-class, it's a stellar night."

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Previous winners and new entrants can also submit applications to play on the night.

From those 18 acts, 10 will be chosen to play at the final Dolphin Awards concert on September 8.

The annual competition, which covers the entire Northern Rivers (in the 66 phone area code) is now in its 24th year, and has always had great support from industry figures, such as last year's judge, legendary INXS sax man Kirk Pengilly.

"Some of the cream of Australian talent is actually involved and supporting this humble local event," Ms Ford said

"They see that we share their passion for music."

With 17 categories in the awards, there's something for every kind of genre and style.

This year there are some awesome prizes - including tickets to Bluesfest, plus one of the winners will get up on the Bluesfest busking stage.



Entries for the awards opened on June 1, and close on July 17.

The final Dolphin Awards concert will be held on September 8.

Visit or the NCEIA Dolphin Music Awards Facebook page for more details.