Ngairee, Mojo Juju, Christine Anu, Claire Edwardes and Alice Skye are among the stellar list of finalists in the 2019 Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA), to be presented at a star-studded ceremony, concert and party in Brisbane on October 9.
This year’s Australian Women in Music Awards include three new award categories for Excellence in Classical Music, Music Journalism and 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.
Fifteen AWMAs will be up for grabs with a special award for this year’s inductee for the AWMA Honour Roll 2019.
The AWMA’s ceremony, party and concert will include some of Australia’s biggest music names and most inspiring artists, with performances featuring RENÉE GEYER, KATIE NOONAN, CLARE BOWDITCH, MELINDA SCHNEIDER, NGAIIRE, KAYLAH TRUTH, CHERYL BARKER, TAMARA-ANNA CISLOWSKA and more.
In addition to the awards night, there will also be a two-day program at the Brisbane Powerhouse on 8 & 9 October that includes a series of thought-provoking forums and panel discussions (Visibility in Hip Hop: Women On The Front Line, The Art of Rebellion: The Intersection of Music & Politics, Image Making: The Changing Face of Music), and a keynote address by noted broadcaster, musician, writer, teacher and philanthropist EDDIE AYRES.
“The AWMAs are a fantastic addition to Queensland’s vibrant arts scene. They are another great opportunity to showcase the tremendous creativity and depth of talent of our many female artists and I hope it’s a springboard to further and well-deserved success,” said The Honourable Di Farmer, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence.
AWMA Founding Director and Executive Producer, Vicki Gordon said “As well as the opportunity to celebrate tremendous talent, AWMA provides a platform for artists and music practitioners including those in regional and remote areas, to come together, to learn and empower one another. We received almost double the nominations this year, from every state and across all areas of diversity, reflecting the urgent need for change in the Australian music industry.”
AUSTRALIAN WOMEN IN MUSIC AWARD FINALISTS
ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE AWARD
CREATIVE LEADERSHIP AWARD
DIVERSITY IN MUSIC AWARD
Lisa Cheney & Peggy Polias (Making Waves)
EMERGING ARTIST AWARD
EXCELLENCE IN CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARD
EXCELLENCE IN IMAGE MAKING AWARD
Aimée-Lee Xu Hsien Curran
Lindy Morrison, OAM
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Joy McKean, OAM
Marcia Hines, AM
Vika and Linda Bull
LIVE PRODUCTION AWARD
MUSIC JOURNALIST AWARD
MUSIC LEADERSHIP AWARD
MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHER AWARD
STUDIO PRODUCTION AWARD
Elise Reitze-Swensen (Feels)
Photo credit: L-R: Finalists announced include Thelma Plume, Christine Anu and Alice Skye. [Music Press Asia]