Australian Women in Music Awards returns for a dynamic second year

Following a wildly successful inaugural year in 2018, the Australian Women in Music Awards will return on
8th and 9th of October, shining a light once more on the incredible accomplishments of women across the Australian music industry. This year’s AWMAs are better and stronger, with three new award categories – including in the areas of classical music, music journalism and image making.

Last year’s event saw industry leaders and emerging Australian icons descend on the Brisbane Powerhouse and come away triumphant, with artists including Amy Shark, Jen Cloher and NGAIIRE all taking home awards, while performances by the likes of Kate Ceberano, Emily Wurramara, Katie Noonan, Adalita and Do Re Mi ensured that the inaugural Australian Women in Music Awards was one to remember.

AWMA 2018 – Photos by Cheryl Gray

Following an impactful year in 2018, this year’s event includes the AWMA Forum Series. Three forums featuring industry leaders from across the sector and diverse opinion makers will be held at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Forum topics include:

  • Visibility in Hip Hop – Women on the Front Line
  • The Art of Rebellion -The Intersection of Music and Politics
  • Image Making – The Changing Face of Music

We have so many wonderful people committed to the work we are doing. The AWMAs will keep getting bigger and more powerful; we are providing recognition for many women in the industry that have been ignored for far too long.

Vicki Gordon AWMA Founding Executive Director

Bringing a long overdue spotlight to the vast number of women and female identities working tirelessly behind the scenes has been at the centre of the AWMAs core ethos. Ensuring that all communities across Australia’s music industry are seen, celebrated and given the space to thrive and relish in the opportunity to have their work acknowledged so publicly, remains a priority for 2019’s event.

AWMA 2018 – Photos by Cheryl Gray


Producers, Engineers, Film Makers, Photographers, Songwriters, Industry Leaders, Artist Managers and more are set to be acknowledged and celebrated in their own right at this year’s ceremony – recognition that has gone untapped in an industry built on creativity and strength. 

Nominations are now open, with winners decided by a curated panel of expert jurors.


The following categories have been developed in consultation with music industry professionals, First Nations Elders, and specialist researchers: 

Lifetime Achievement Award

Presented to a female artist or musician who has made an outstanding artistic contribution to the field of recording and/or live performance during her lifetime.

Humanitarian Award

Recognises an individual (female, male and GNC) who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education, and/or assisting female artists working in remote and/or 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.

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 Industry Leader, Managing Director, Label Manager, A&R Director, Artist Manager or Publisher making significant impact in music industry leadership.

Songwriter Award

Recognises an outstanding female songwriter or composer.

Emerging Artist Award

Acknowledges an outstanding emerging female artist.

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, film-maker, or music animator currently working in the field and to acknowledge her body of work.

Artistic Excellence Award

Recognises exceptional creative achievement from a female artist/musician across any genre.

Excellence in Classical Music Award*

Recognises a mid-to-late career female classical music artist who has demonstrated musical excellence throughout her career. 

*Includes conductors and artists working in the field of Opera.

Music Journalist Award

Recognises a female music journalist, blogger or editor who has made a creative contribution and courageous impact in truth telling and innovative reporting in the Australian Music Industry.

Excellence in Image Making Award

Recognises a female hair and/or makeup artist and/or stylist* working to change the face of music visually to break down gender, race and social cultural stereotypes.
*Stylist to include those working within costume and/or wardrobe activity

Creative Leadership Award

A curatorial award recognising excellence in creative programming from women working in broadcast media, a music festival or live performance/venue to champion female artists.

Full criteria and nomination information available at


Tickets to the 2019 AWMAs, to be held in Queensland at the Brisbane Powerhouse, are on sale now

Tickets for individual events, including music industry forums and keynote speaker, as well as the Awards Ceremony & Concert, are available separately or as part of discount packages. Concessions are also available.

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The Australian Women in Music Awards are made possible with the proud support of the Queensland Government and Canon.

AWMA 2018 highlights video:

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