The first of its kind in Australia, the Australian Women in Music Awards have begun their official roll out for 2018, with categories and calls for nominations announced today. 14 categories acknowledging and celebrating performers and industry creatives have been unveiled, with the winners to be announced in Brisbane this October.
“The music industry is clearly a male-dominated one,” Queensland Minister for Women, Di Farmer, has said. “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.”
Nominations for the first AWMA’s will be open until July 12th, finalists will be announced on September 3rd. For more information, visit www.womeninmusicawards.com.au.
2018 AUSTRALIAN WOMEN IN MUSIC AWARDS
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Presented to a female artist or musician who has made outstanding artistic contribution to the field of recording and/or live performance during her lifetime.
Recognises an individual who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and/or to empowering Indigenous female artists in remote and 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.
AURIEL ANDREWS MEMORIAL AWARD
Recognises a true pioneer of Aboriginal women in music.
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 a female songwriter or composer who has made extraordinary impact nationally and/or internationally in the past 12 months.
BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST AWARD
Recognises a female artist who has had a significant breakthrough nationally in the past 12 months.
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 or film maker currently working in the field and to acknowledge her body of work.
CREATIVE LEADERSHIP AWARD
A curatorial award recognising excellence in creative programming from a woman working in a music festival, live performance/venue or media setting to champion female artists.
Recognises exceptional musicianship from a female musician across any genre.