The Australian Women in Music Awards is returning for a second year this year! Last year’s event saw industry leaders and emerging Australian icons descend on the Brisbane Powerhouse and come away triumphant, with artists including Amy Shark, Jen Cloher and NGAIIRE all taking home awards, while performances by the likes of Kate Ceberano, Emily Wurramara, Katie Noonan, Adalita and Do Re Mi ensured that the inaugural Australian Women in Music Awards was one to remember.
This year organisers have added new categories (Excellence in Classical Music, Music Journalist Award, Excellence in Image Making) and will be hosting forums aimed at igniting conversation and sparking change these include Visibility in Hip Hop – Women on the Front Line, The Art of Rebellion – The Intersection of Music and Politics, Image Making – The Changing Face of Music.
“We have so many wonderful people committed to the work we are doing. The AWMAs will keep getting bigger and more powerful; we are providing recognition for many women in the industry that have been ignored for far too long,” said Executive Director Vicki Gordon.
The Ceremony and Forum Series returns to the Brisbane Powerhouse on October 8 and 9.
Nominations open now until July 23. You can nominate here: https://awma.awardsplatform.com/
Tickets on sale now.
AWMA 2019 CATEGORIES
The following categories have been developed in consultation with music industry professionals, First Nations Elders, and specialist researchers:
Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented to a female artist or musician who has made an outstanding artistic contribution to the field of recording and/or live performance during her lifetime.
Recognises an individual (female, male and GNC) who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education, and/or assisting female artists working in remote and/or regional communities.
Diversity in Music Award
Recognises individual artists or female-driven musical collaborations for their contribution to advancing a culturally diverse and inclusive music industry.
Studio Production Award
Recognises a female sound engineer or producer who has made contributions of outstanding significance in the studio recording environment.
Live Production Award
Recognises a female working in a live production or touring environment making significant impact in her field: Includes Tour Management, Live Sound, Lighting, Backstage and Roadcrew.
Music Leadership Award
Recognises a female CEO, Managing Director, Label Manager, A&R Director, Artist Manager or Publisher making significant impact in music industry leadership.
Recognises an outstanding female songwriter or composer.
Emerging Artist Award
Acknowledges an outstanding emerging female artist.
Music Photographer Award
Recognises a female music photographer currently working in the field and to acknowledge her body of work.
Recognises a female music videographer, clip-maker, film-maker, or music animator currently working in the field and to acknowledge her body of work.
Artistic Excellence Award
Recognises exceptional creative achievement from a female artist/musician across any genre.
Excellence in Classical Music Award*
Recognises a mid-to-late career female classical music artist who has demonstrated musical excellence throughout her career.
*Includes conductors and artists working in the field of Opera.
Music Journalist Award
Recognises a female music journalist, blogger or editor who has made a creative contribution and courageous impact in truth telling and innovative reporting in the Australian Music Industry.
Excellence in Image Making Award
Recognises a female hair and/or makeup artist and/or stylist* working to change the face of music visually to break down gender, race and social cultural stereo types.
*Stylist to include those working within costume and/or wardrobe activity
Creative Leadership Award
A curatorial award recognising excellence in creative programming from women working in broadcast media, a music festival or live performance/venue to champion female artists.