National Indigenous Music Award nominations closing today

Today is the last opportunity to get your nominations in for the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) for 2020.

The National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMA’s) this year will be held as a virtual celebration of Australian First Nations talent, broadcast live from Darwin, Larrakia Country and various locations across Australia.

Viewers will be encouraged to join in on social media and contribute to the live event, bringing the country together in an ambitious production, letting the NIMA stars shine in every community.

“The NIMAs star has shone brightly for seventeen years and far from dimming that light, COVID has emboldened us to re-imagine what the event can be,” said Creative Director Ben Graetz. “At its heart, the NIMAs is about celebrating our culture and music’s important place within it and we think that being forced to let go of the constraints of location will enable us to reach even more people and create an even bigger welcome mat for Australians to experience and celebrate First Nations music.”

Nominations for this year’s awards close Friday 29 May, with all songs and albums released before 31 May by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people eligible.  All artists who have appeared in the weekly National Indigenous Music Chart will also be automatically nominated for the awards.

Awards will be judged by eminent community members and music industry professionals with finalists to be announced in early July.

The National Indigenous Music Awards will be held on Saturday August 8, and will be broadcast across TV, Radio and online.

To nominate yourself or another artist, visit

Photo Credit: Jessica Mauboy at HOTA, Home of the Arts by Simone Gorman-Clark

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