2017 has so far been a landmark year for indigenous music in Australia.
In no particular order, the year has witnessed #1 ARIA chart positions for Busby Marou’s ‘Postcards From the Shell House’ and Jessica Mauboy’s soundtrack to her national TV series; A.B. Original’s win of the Australian Music Prize; Troy Cassar-Daley win Album Of The Year at the Tamworth Golden Guitars; and Casey Donovan return to national prominence via mainstream television.
Briggs from A.B. Original
Now the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) have opened nominations for 2017; celebrating their 14th anniversary, the NIMAs are one of Australia’s most important music events, held under the stars at Darwin’s historic Amphitheatre 12 August.
The Awards are not just a place to celebrate the mainstream success of indigenous music, but also as a place to uncover the next generation of Australian musicians. Artists including Gawurra and Tia Gostelow have since made serious inroads in the Australian music scene since being uncovered at last year’s Awards.
Indigenous artists from across Australia and the Torres Strait are encouraged to submit their tracks, which will be judged by a panel of Australian and international music industry members.
As the nation commemorates 50 years since the national referendum to recognise indigenous people, the NIMAs have also collaborated with Warner Music Australia to create the National Indigenous Music Awards CD. The double-CD set will feature the very best of indigenous music in 2016/ 17 on disc one, before celebrating the biggest indigenous songs of all time on disc two, including tracks from Yothu Yindi, Archie Roach, Jimmy Little, Christine Anu, No Fixed Address and many more.
To submit your music to the 2017 National Indigenous Music Awards visit the NIMAs.