The Australian Women in Music Awards are ready to celebrate

The Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA) and conference promise a stellar celebration of women in music in Brisbane in May.

The event will include a conference at Hotel X on Tuesday, May 17, which will include a film screening and an ‘in conversation’ key note with Tina Arena and Yumi Stynes.

The awards ceremony at the Tivoli on Wednesday, May 18 will feature a stellar lineup of performances across classical, pop, rock and legends like Tina Arena, while the Queensland’s first First Nations female hip-hop The May 17 showcase will feature performances from Dizzy Doolan, Hot Brown Honey, Kaylah Truth, Kween G, Lady Lash, Red Belly and Shakaya.

Other artists performing this year include Emma Donovan & Kee àhn, BARKAA & Dizzy Doolan, Sahara Beck, Sandy Evans & Satsuki Odamura, Kween G & Lady Lash and Montaigne.

Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Women and Domestic Violence Prevention Shannon Fentiman welcomed the awards’ return at an in-person event.

“Queensland is home to so many incredible female musicians, and it’s fantastic to be able to celebrate their achievements after what have been extremely difficult years for the industry,” said Minister Fentiman.

“These awards will recognize the talents of women across the country who inspire young girls around the world to follow their passion for music.

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Minister Fentiman said the AWMA plays an important role in providing visibility to the challenges faced by women in the Australian music industry and helping to create more opportunities for Australian women in music, especially those from from underrepresented backgrounds.

“The focus on First Nations and remote communities in this year’s program is particularly exciting as it will provide fantastic development and exposure opportunities for emerging female talent,” she said.

“We still have a long way to go to achieve gender equality and diversity, but it’s events like these that provide a stage for these important conversations to take place.”

The third installment of the event, AWMA was originally scheduled for October 2020, and pushed back to October 2021 due to the pandemic before being rescheduled again to May.

AWMA’s founding executive producer and program director, Vicki Gordon, said the event will mark a new high on the music industry’s long COVID exit road, with the event airing on ABC TV for the very first time.

“Along with our peers from all areas of the industry, in all states, including regional and remote communities, the AWMA provides us with a unique opportunity to come together to recognize the value and contributions of women in music and celebrate the significant change we have achieved in such a short time,” she said.

Gordon said the #MeToo movement became a focal point in the Australian landscape when a new generation of women, such as Jaguar Jonze and Tamara Georgopoulos, made a strong call to end the toxic culture of Australian music industry.

“We both owe them a great debt,” she said, “but for now, it’s time to get back on stage, celebrate our accomplishments and celebrate.”

Australian Women in Music Awards 2022

Ceremony and awards tickets on sale now through Ticketmaster.

The May 17 AWMA conference at Hotel X will include a film screening and an “in conversation” keynote with Tina Arena and Yumi Stynes. Tickets on sale through eventbrite.

Queensland’s first First Nations women’s hip-hop showcase Love For My Sisters, hosted by Dizzy Doolan, will premiere on the evening of May 17 at Tivoli. Tickets on sale through Ticketmaster.

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