The first-ever Australian Women In Music Awards nominees have been announced
Taking place for the very first time in Brisbane this October, the Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMAs) will honour the outstanding achievements of women in music across a range of fields and industry roles.
There are 14 trophies up for grabs, ranging from recognising songwriting and artistry, through to technical and production skills, music education, photograph, leadership, and more. The finalists were whittled down from a nationwide public nomination process.
Sarah Blasko is a finalist for the coveted songwriter award, alongside Ngaiire and Sophie Payten (professionally known as Gordi); the latter two are both also nominated for the Artistic Excellence Award, alongside Dallas Frasca.
The Breakthrough category features Perth’s scathingly insightful songsmith Stella Donnelly, empowering punk trio Camp Cope, and Gold Coast’s pop sensation Amy Shark. Meanwhile, Jen Cloher is recognised for her impact on the industry with a Music Leadership nomination.
Here’s the full list of finalists:
Gordi (Sophie Payten)
Breakthrough Artist Award:
Artistic Excellence Award:
Gordi (Sophie Payten)
Music Leadership Award:
Diversity in Music Award:
Mission Songs Project
Rachel Maria Cox
3 Signal Creative
Studio Production Award:
Music Photographer Award:
Creative Leadership Award:
Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore
Live Production Award:
Dr Anita Collins
Auriel Andrew Memorial Award:
Deborah Cheetham AOM
Update: Speaking to Double J's Zan Rowe this morning, two-time nominee Gordi said she was excited and humbled by the nods.
"It’s such a wondeful initative to have been started because of the gender imbalance that exists everywhere but particularly in music," Gordi said. "I think unfortunately it’s still not in the subconscious of people to have equality represented. So, to have really conscious effforts like this to demonstrate what women in music are doing is really wonderful.”
She also gave a shout-out to a fellow nominee - Mushroom Publishing's Linda Basidis.
"I found her really inspiring, Sarah Blasko is another great example… of people who’ve been paving the way for the next generations to come through and it’s really important that we commend those efforts.”
The AWMAs will also establish the first Lifetime Achievement Award, establishing a hall of fame of amazing women who’ve made significant and lasting contributions to Australian music.
The ceremony will also feature a range of live performances from the cream of Australia’s music croup. Legends like Kate Ceberano, Adalita and Tiddas’ Lou Bennett will take the stage alongside newer artists like Gordi and Emily Wurramara. Additionally, Deborah Conway and Helen Carter will be reuniting Do-Re-Mi for the awards, playing together for the first time in 30 years.
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The AWMAs will also be part of a broader two-day program of free forums and panel discussions, including the Queensland premiere of the excellent Aussie music doco Her Sound, Her Story – co-directed by nominee Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore and fronted by a keynote address from Kate Ceberano.
The inaugural Australian Women In Music Awards take place at the Brisbane Powerhouse Theatre on Wednesday 10 October. Head to the AWMAs website for more information.