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About ANBC Cooma 2017


The Australian National Busking Championships™ (ANBC) is now in it’s 6th year. For the first four years the ANBC has been held exclusively in Cooma NSW, the picturesque and historic capital of Australia’s Snowy Mountains. We have thought of these early years as the first stage in the ANBC vision for the future.

The next stage now is to make this event a truly National Championship by holding ANBC Regional Busking Competitions in various regional towns around Australia. The winners from these regional events will be then invited to complete in the National Grand Final back in Cooma in November of each year.

These are our 2017 Regional Busking Competitions so far:

  • Stanthorpe Qld – 25 February
  • Ballarat Vic – 18 March
  • Narooma NSW – 27 May
  • Noosa Qld – 10 June
  • Peak Hill NSW – 23 September

In 2018 we could have as many as seven more regional towns on board.

How Does This Work in Cooma?

  1. The buskers are assigned special locations (Busking Hot Spots), at various times, around the CBD Cooma.
  2. A timetable is given to all the registered buskers.
  3. Roaming judges assess these busking performances during the day.
  4. The Judges produce a short list of the best buskers who are then invited to compete in a Grand Final Concert at 4:00 pm at Centennial Park.
  5. First place winners from the Open, Secondary and Primary age categories from the other ANBC Regional Competitions also qualify for a place a the Grand Final. These first place winners are also welcome to busk during the day as they can earn cash tips and Peoples Choice Award votes.
  6. The prizes are then awarded to the buskers with the most outstanding performances at this Grand Finals Concert.

The People’s Choice Award.

All buskers are encouraged to earn cash tips throughout the competition. 100% of this money made in cash tips is theirs to keep. Buskers may also sell their CDs and other merchandise.100% of this money from these sales will also go to these buskers. So besides the extra dollars that enterprising buskers can make in tips and sales there’s over $10,000 in cash to be won. This $10,000 prize pool is made up of over twenty different categories. Among these generous prizes there’s the Peoples Choice Awards where the public gets to vote for their favourite busker. The Peoples Choice Awards are $2,000 in total.

  1. These prizes are awarded to the buskers that get the most Busker Votes.
  2. The public will be able to purchase Busker Votes for $1 each on the day from the Cooma Rotary Club.
  3. There’s a limit of 50 Busker Votes per customer.
  4. The customer must validate their Busker Votes by writing their name and telephone number on the back of their Busker Votes.
  5. Invalid Busker Votes will not be counted.
  6. The public then can vote for their favorite busker by tipping that busker with Busker Votes.
  7. By the way, all of the Busker Votes will be placed into a Lucky Draw for several great prizes.
  8. The Busker Votes Lucky Draw will be conducted during the Finals Concert at the end of the day after all the Busker Votes have been counted.
  9. So the public can share in the fun of the Grand Final Concert by also having a chance at winning prizes.

All The Prizes:

  • Competitors must be at the Grand Final Concert to win a prize.
  • In the Age Categories (Open/Secondary/Primary) competitors must be ready to perform on stage.
  • If deemed necessary the judges may decide to award extra places in the Age Categories. Suitable cash amounts will be allocated to these extra places.

Open Age Category

  • $2,000 – First Place (Open Champion)
  • $1,000 – Second Place
  • $500 – Third Place

Secondary Age Category

  • $500 – First Place (Secondary Champion)
  • $300 – Second Place
  • $200 – Third Place

Primary Age Category

  • $300 – First Place (Primary Champion)
  • $200 – Second Place
  • $100 – Third Place

Best Band – $1,000

Best School Group – $1,000

Peoples Choice Awards

  • $1,000 – First Place
  • $700 – Second Place
  • $300 – Third Place

Special Judges Awards.

$200 each – These are awards that, where appropriate, recognize and encourage the abilities of some buskers in various categories and with a variety of skills. In the past, we have awarded Special Judges Awards for:

  • Indigenous
  • Ability (for buskers with a disability)
  • Multicultural
  • Family
  • Country/Bluegrass
  • Blues
  • Jazz
  • Classical
  • Folk
  • Community Based Music
  • Youth Encouragement

Important Links:

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ANBC Cooma 2017 – Entry Form-Out Now!

Australian National Busking Championships™

Cooma Regional Competition and National Grand Final

Saturday 4 November 2017


Attachment Form for larger groups: GROUP MEMBERS LIST FORM_Cooma 2017


ANBC Cooma 2017-We’re Looking For Sponsors

Here’s the details: ANBC 2017 Sponsorship prospectus_COOMA

How would you like to become part of this exciting event right here in Cooma?

2017 has been our year of expansion.

The Australian National Busking Championships™ now have ANBC competitions in six towns around Australia: Stanthorpe and Noosa in Queensland, Ballarat in Victoria, Narooma, Peak Hill and Cooma in NSW. The Cooma Championships will be the culmination of all these regional busking competitions.

We will be hosting the ANBC National Grand Final!

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Peak Hill Regional Finals – Australian National Busking Championships™

PEAK HILL NSW 001Peak Hill NSW will be hosting the Peak Hill Regional Finals – Australian National Busking Championships™ on Saturday 23rd September 2017.

The Australian National Busking Championships™ is an Australia-wide music festival and competition. A unique festival, the ANBC celebrates the rich diversity of Australian music culture. Through out the year, Regional Finals are held in towns all over Australia culminating in the National Grand Final which is held in Cooma NSW on the first weekend of November each year.


Additional Group Members List Form for larger groups: GROUP MEMBERS LIST FORM_PEAK HILL 2017

ANBC Logo 150x247Calling All Buskers:

Thousands of dollars in cash prizes will be up for grabs at Peak Hill Regional Finals. Peak Hill is the latest regional town to join the ever-growing network of ANBC busking competitions around Australia. These include Stanthorpe Qld, Ballarat Vic, Narooma NSW, Noosa Qld and Cooma NSW.

There are generous prizes for 3 age categories, Open (Adult), Secondary (High School Age) and Primary (Primary School Age). Plus lots of other awards such as: Peoples Choice Award, Best Band, Country Music, Blues Music, Jazz Music, Classical Music, Folk, Indigenous, Community Based Music, Youth Encouragement, Most Innovative, and Ability Award (for buskers with a disability). Solos, Duos, Groups, Ensembles, Choirs are all welcome. There has even been a prize for non-musical Street Performance such as jugglers, magicians and dancers.

More information:


Cooma Music Competition 2017

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Click here for Entry Form: ENTRY FORM COOMA MUSIC COMPETITION 2017


Cooma Music Competition 2017, now in its twelth year, will provide an opportunity for musicians of all ages and skills to perform and compete. We hope this competition will be as inclusive as possible. The competition will be open to all instruments and voice. Although the competition will be conducted by Cooma School of Music, all musicians are welcome to perform.

Entry is open to all.

Heats will comence at 12 noon on Sunday 23 July.

A timetable of Heats and Competitors will be sent to all the participants before the day.

The winners of the heats will then be invited to perform in a Finals Concert that will then be held on the same day in the evening starting at 7pm. Time allowing, specially invited guests (non- competitors) will also be invited to perform in the Finals Concert.

Venue: St Pauls Anglican Church Hall, 136 Commissioner Street, Cooma NSW 2630

Performers for this concert will be drawn from the winners of the heats as well as invited guest performers.

The major sections will be:

  1. Solo (unaccompanied or accompanied). Solos may be accompanied by a pianist or a guitarist, or other musician or CD backing track. Performers may organize their own accompanist or a piano accompanist will available at the hall if required. (However, please indicate on your entry form if you will need to be provided with an accompanist). CD backing tracks (“Play-along”) will be accepted by prior arrangement.
  2. Instrumental Ensembles-any instrumental combination.
  3. Vocal Groups-including small to large choirs.
  4. Rock Groups-includes all styles. (eg Country, Blues, Jazz, Alternative, etc)
  5. Original Composition – A Song or Instrumental Item-(any style)

Each major section will be subdivided into 3 age groups:

  1. Primary-primary school aged
  2. Secondary-secondary school aged
  3. Open

If there are not enough competitors in the younger age groups, younger players may be invited to compete in an older age group.

The Solos section will also be divided into types of instrument if possible.

These instrumental sub-categories will be:

  • Piano/Keyboard
  • Classical Guitar
  • Modern Guitar (Steel string, acoustic or electric)
  • Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass)
  • Woodwind & Brass
  • Drums
  • Singing
  • Miscellaneous (any musical instruments not listed above. For example, harmonica, bagpipes, mandolin, banjo, harp, etc)
  • Original Composition (A song or instrumental item)

If there are not enough competitors in any of the heats , performers may be invited to compete in a heat of another instrumental sub-category.

All competitors will receive a Certificate of Participation. Winners of their heats will receive awards.

We will be happy to accept donations and assistance from businesses and individuals to make this competition possible.

We welcome any comments or advice that may help make this competition an exciting and useful event.

Thank you,

Allan Spencer

Download “About” pdf:

ABOUT_Cooma Music Competition 2017

Ballarat Regional Finals – The Map

Here’s the map of the Busking Spots!
It’s going to be a beautiful day @
Ballarat Regional Finals
-The Australian National Busking Championships™
Come and give your support to your favourite performer.
It’s Free!
– Saturday 18th March 2017, endocrinologist Busking starts at 9am.
More Info:

Ballarat Buskers Map 2017

Noosa Regional Finals – The Australian National Busking Championships™

The Australian National Busking Championships™ regional finals are coming to Noosa Qld.

Busking heats on Saturday 10 June 2017

Finals Concert & Award Presentations Sunday 11 June 2017