Official nominations are now open for the inaugural Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA) to be staged in Brisbane on 9 and 10 October, 2018.
In 2018, for the first time in Australian music history, AWMA will turn the spotlight on women – with 14 award categories acknowledging and celebrating first nations and multicultural performers, excellence in artistry, technical and production skills, cross-cultural development, song-writing, music education, music photography, management, humanitarian work and more.
The Australian Women in Music Awards categories are as follows:
- Lifetime Achievement Award
- Educator Award
- Diversity in Music Award
- Auriel Andrews Memorial Award
- Studio Production Award
- Live Production Award
- Music Leadership Award
- Songwriter Award
- Breakthrough Artist Award
- Music Photographer Award
- Film-maker Award
- Artistic Excellence Award
- Creative Leadership Award
- Musical Excellence
The aim of the AWMAs is to redress the underrepresentation of women in the Australian music scene by recognising the value, achievements and contributions of women in the industry. Evidence proves that as artists on the radio, in festival line-ups, as award recipients and in the boardrooms, there is still a significant gender imbalance in the Australian music industry. Women represent only one-fifth of songwriters and composers registered with APRA, despite making up 45 percent of qualified musicians. Of the 100 most played songs on commercial radio in 2016, only
31 were by a female act or act with a female lead. Since the first Australian Independent Records Association awards in 2006, only 22 of the total 103 awards presented have been won by acts with a female lead, or equal numbers of women and men.
Tina Arena, Deborah Conway, Kate Ceberano, Debra Byrne, Katie Noonan, Christine Anu, Clare Bowditch, Isabella Manfredi, Jen Cloher, Sophie Koh, Kween G, Patricia ‘Little Pattie’ Amphlett and APRA Chair Jenny Morris are among the stellar list of artists backing the ground-breaking initiative.
Queensland Minister for Women Di Farmer has called for women to nominate for the inaugural Australian Women in Music Awards. “The music industry is clearly a male-dominated one and I urge women to seize this opportunity to showcase their industry worth, not only for those talented women on stage but also the many skilled ones behind the scenes. These awards are not just about picking up prizes – they also shine a light on the depth of female talent in the industry”.
In partnership with the AWMA, City of Gold Coast have just kicked off another round of their Producer Professional Development Program, where one female producer will have a chance to take a paid placement with the AWMA. Visit the Facebook post for more information on the program.
Nominations for AMWA close on 12 July. Visit the website for more information.
IMAGE: Tina Arena (c) Patrick Stevenson