Toyota Country Music Festival

Toyota Australia has supported the Australian country music industry from the streets of Tamworth for over 30 years.

Toyota Australia has a proud history supporting rural and regional Australia and are delighted year on year to bring the largest country music festival in the Southern Hemisphere to all country music fans.

star winners
star winners

2023 and 2022 Toyota Star Maker winners Loren Ryan and Max Jackson. Image Credit: Jake Davey Studio

Toyota Star Maker

Toyota Star Maker is an opportunity for budding artists from the ages of 18 to 40 to take the next big step in their career. Star Maker has been influential in the careers of Keith Urban, Lee Kernaghan, Sam McClymont, Travis Collins, Kaylee Bell, Blake O’Connor and many others.
More than 500 country music artists have participated in the competition since 1979 and benefitted from the support the competition brings.
Star Maker continues to evolve with the changing times however its main focus remains the same - to support and showcase the best of Australia’s young country music artists. It’s a tradition Toyota is incredibly proud of.

golden guitar
golden guitar

2023 Golden Guitar Award Winners. Image Credit: Greg Sylvia

Toyota Golden Guitars

The Toyota Golden Guitar Awards recognise, celebrate and honour outstanding achievement in Australian country music. Commencing in 1973, the Awards are the nation’s longest running music awards and play a vital role in developing and promoting Australian country music talent.

best busking
best busking

Tamworth City Toyota Dealer Principal Tim Easey with winner Lane Pittman

Toyota Best of the Buskers

Busking is one of the most anticipated aspects of the festival each year. There are up to 400 buskers performing on Tamworth’s “Boulevard of Dreams” in Peel Street in the hope that they’ll be spotted for their talent and follow in the footsteps of some of country music’s biggest stars.
Since 2022, Toyota Australia has sponsored the Toyota Best of the Buskers giving 10 buskers the opportunity to perform on the big stage in Toyota Park before a crowd of thousands.
Busking is a perfect launch-pad for aspiring artists, musicians and poets and a pathway to Toyota Star Maker and the Toyota Golden Guitars.