The Australian Women in Music Awards is returning for a second year

Last year saw the first ever Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA) take place at Brisbane Powerhouse, a wildly successful evening that saw the likes of Amy Shark, Jen Cloher and NGAIIRE taking home awards, while artists such as Kate CeberanoEmily Wurramara, and Adalita took to the stage to deliver some powerful performances throughout the evening.

This October, the AWMAs are returning, better and stronger, with the introduction of three new award categories that will shine a light on the Australian women working both behind the scenes and at the forefront of the music industry.

The Australian Women in Music Awards is shining a spotlight on women working in the music industry again this year, with three new categories announced and nominations opening today

The aim of the AWMAs is to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of producers, filmmakers, photographers, songwriters and more within the Australian music industry. Nominations have opened today, with the introduction of three new awards for Excellence in Classical Music, Music Journalist Award and Excellence in Image Making.

With all winners chosen by a curated panel of expert judges, the AWMAs will acknowledge a vast number of women and female identities working in the Australian music industry, ensuring that all communities within the industry are seen and celebrated at this year’s event.

Vicki Gordon, AWMA’s founding executive director stated that “inclusivity is a major priority for AWMA. We are working closely with diverse groups of women across all areas of the industry, including First Nations and culturally diverse women, LGBTQI and many others.

This year’s event will see the return of the AWMA Forum series, three forums featuring industry leaders from across the sector and diverse opinion makers will be held at the awards, with forum topics including Visibility in Hip Hop, The Art of Rebellion and Image Making.

Taking place at the Brisbane Powerhouse over the 8th and 9th of October, Queensland’s Minister for Women, Di Farmer, encouraged women from all aspects of the music industry to nominate for the 2019 AWMAs, stating that “you can’t be what you can’t see, which is why the Australian Women in Music Awards are so important. Shining a light on the extraordinary achievements of women in music is a way we can encourage more talented women into the industry, both up front and behind the scenes.” 

Nominations for the 2019 Australian Women in Music Awards are now open via the AWMA website, and tickets for the events can also be purchased here.

AWMA 2019 Award Categories

Lifetime Achievement Award

Humanitarian Award

Diversity in Music Award

Studio Production Award

Live Production Award

Music Leadership Award

Songwriter Award

Emerging Artist Award

Music Photographer Award

Film-maker Award

Artistic Excellence Award

Excellence in Classical Music Award

Music Journalist Award

Excellence in Image Making Award

Creative Leadership Award