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
Songwriter AwardSarah Blasko
Gordi (Sophie Payten)
Music Leadership AwardLinda Bosidis
Diversity In Music AwardMission Songs Project
Rachel Maria Cox
3 Signal Creative
Studio Production AwardAnna Laverty
Music Photographer AwardLisa Businovski
Creative Leadership AwardZoe Hauptmann
Breakthrough Artist AwardCamp Cope
Artistic Excellence AwardDallas Frasca
Gordi (Sophie Payten)
Film-maker AwardGemma Lee
Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore
Live Production AwardLynette Britten
Musical ExcellenceFem Belling
Educator AwardDr Anita Collins
Auriel Andrew Memorial AwardDeborah Cheetham AOM