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Australian Women in Music Awards


Following a wildly successful inaugural year in 2018, the Australian Women in Music Awards will return on 8 and 9 October, shining a light once more on the incredible accomplishments of women across the Australian music industry. This year’s AWMAs are better and stronger, with three new award categories – including in the areas of classical music, music journalism and image making.

This year’s categories include three new awards for Excellence in Classical Music, Music Journalist Award and Excellence in Image Making. Producers, Engineers, Film Makers, Photographers, Songwriters, Industry Leaders, Artist Managers and more are set to be acknowledged and celebrated in their own right at this year’s ceremony - recognition that has gone untapped in an industry built on creativity and strength. Nominations are open from now, with winners decided by a curated panel of expert jurors.

Tickets to the 2019 AWMAs, to be held in Queensland at the Brisbane Powerhouse, are on sale now. Tickets for individual events, including music industry forums and keynote speaker, as well as the Awards Ceremony & Concert, are available separately or as part of discount packages. Concessions are also available.

Following an impactful year in 2018, this year’s event includes the AWMA Forum Series. Three forums featuring industry leaders from across the sector and diverse opinion makers will be held at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Forum topics 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

The following categories have been developed in consultation with music industry professionals, First Nations Elders, and specialist researchers. The 2019 AWMA Categories include…

  • 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.

  • Humanitarian Award: 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 Industry Leader, Managing Director, Label Manager, A&R Director, Artist Manager or Publisher making significant impact in music industry leadership.

  • Songwriter Award: 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.

  • Film-maker Award: 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.

Bringing a long overdue spotlight to the vast number of women and female identities working tirelessly behind the scenes has been at the centre of the AWMAs core ethos. Ensuring that all communities across Australia’s music industry are seen, celebrated and given the space to thrive and relish in the opportunity to have their work acknowledged so publicly, remains a priority for 2019’s event.

An event dedicated to further cementing the achievements of women in the wider history books, the countdown to the 2019 Australian Women in Music Awards officially starts now.

The Australian Women in Music Awards are made possible with the proud support of the Queensland Government and Canon.