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Australian Women In Music Awards
In 2021 AWMA will once again turn the spotlight on women, recognising and including First Nations and multicultural artists and performers, women working in technical, live and studio production, artistry, back stage, on stage, song writing, photography, music journalism, classical music, leadership, humanitarian work and more. With the support of the Queensland Government, a delegation of First Nations artists and music practitioners from remote and regional communities will travel to Brisbane to attend AWMA. Queensland Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said that despite the advancements made, more still needs to be done to address the gender imbalance in the music industry. “We need to build a culture in the music industry where inclusion and diversity is embraced and fostered – not only as the right thing to do, but because it makes the best business sense,” Ms Fentiman said. “Because we know if we support women in business, and the more confidence women have in growing their business, the more local jobs are created. Women need to be further acknowledged for their long-standing contribution to music in Australia and I applaud the work of AWMA in addressing this.” Brisbane City Council’s Community, Arts and Nighttime Economy Chair Vicki Howard said it was fantastic for Brisbane to host AWMA and showcase the talent and resilience of women in the music industry. “Brisbane is home to stellar female talent and we are proud to celebrate their achievements alongside Australia’s most renowned women in music, while inspiring and supporting the next wave of female artists,” Cr Howard said. “I encourage women in Brisbane, however you contribute to our music scene, to head along to the events to take advantage of the networking opportunities and take part in important conversations.” AWMA 2021 will include a series of forums, keynote address, local artist showcase and networking opportunities at the Calile Hotel (5 October), as well as the coveted Awards ceremony, concert and cocktail function at The Tivoli (6 October). Among this year’s Award highlights, the 2021 AWMA Honour Roll will be announced providing a platform for recognition of exceptional creative pioneers in our sector joining Judith Durham AO (2019) and the late Helen Reddy in (2018). The 2021 AWMA Lifetime Achievement recipient will join the legendary Renèe Geyer, Little Pattie, Margret RoadKnight and Joy McKean. AWMA nominations will open in May with finalists announced in late August 2021. #savethedate AWMA 2021, 5-6 October, Brisbane.