Amy Shark is a finalist for the inaugural Australian Women In Music Award for Breakthrough Artist.
Finalists have been announced for the inaugural Australian Women In Music Awards (AWMA), which will be presented in a star-studded ceremony in Brisbane this October.
Amy Shark, Katie Noonan, Deborah Cheetham, Gordi, Jen Cloher, Stella Donnelly, Ngaiire, Camp Cope, Sarah Blasko, Tiddas, and the Mission Songs Project are just some of the artists who have been shortlisted for one of just 14 awards.
The AWMA is an Australian music industry first, recognising the outstanding contributions of women across a range of categories including: excellence in artistry, song-writing, technical and production skills, cross-cultural development, music education, music photography, music leadership and humanitarian work.
“This will be a very special celebration of women in Australian music, those who have come before and those who continue to light the way," AWMA Founding Director and Executive Producer, Vicki Gordon says.
"We are overwhelmed with support which we continue to receive from artists, the music community and the broader creative sector all of whom agree that the time for change has come."
Out of a national public nomination process that attracted hundreds of entries, the finalists have been expertly assessed and selected by a specially convened Jury Council of industry professionals and practitioners at the top of their fields.
The AWMA presentation ceremony will feature performances from Kate Ceberano, Katie Noonan, Adalita, Lou Bennett (Tiddas), Sophie Koh, Kween G, Gordi, Ancestress and Emily Wurramara as well as the reformation of legendary Australian band Do Re Mi, and the undulation of singer-songwriter Helen Reddy onto the AWMA Honour Roll.
There will also be a two-day workshop hosted by the AWMAs at Brisbane Powerhouse (9-10 Oct) with a series of free forums and panel discussions, a photographic exhibition, the QLD premiere of the documentary Her Sound - Her Story and a keynote address by Kate Ceberano.
The 2018 Australian Women In Music Awards are on at Brisbane Powerhouse 10 October.
2018 Australian Women In Music Awards Finalists
Sarah Blasko Gordi (Sophie Payten) Ngaiire
Music Leadership Award
Linda Bosidis Jen Cloher Susan Heymann
Diversity In Music Award
Mission Songs Project Rachel Maria Cox 3 Signal Creative
Studio Production Award
Anna Laverty Kath Naunton Becki Whitton
Music Photographer Award
Lisa Businovski Tashi Hall Wendy McDougall
Creative Leadership Award
Zoe Hauptmann Katie Noonan Roz Pappalardo
Breakthrough Artist Award
Camp Cope Stella Donnelly Amy Shark
Artistic Excellence Award
Dallas Frasca Gordi (Sophie Payten) Ngaiire
Gemma Lee Ruth Morris Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore
Live Production Award
Lynette Britten Kait Hall Robyn Jellef
Fem Belling Lydia Davies Nerida Tyson-Chew
Dr Anita Collins Louise Denson Elizabeth Sellars
Auriel Andrew Memorial Award
Deborah Cheetham AOM Jessie Lloyd Shellie Morris TIDDAS Gina Williams