2022 Australian Women In Music Awards

After two years of disruption, the status quo disruptor that is the Australian Women In Music Awards (AWMA) returned with gentle but fierce tenacity last week (17-18 May) in Brisbane, with the theme “Love For My Sisters to guide the collaborative, the feeling of brotherhood being celebrated for two days.

Tuesday’s program at Hotel X in Fortitude Valley saw forums on ‘diversity and inclusion’ and ‘collective change and well-being’, delving into challenges, achievements and hopes for the future of women in hip hop, workplace safety, sexual harassment and mental health.

Closing Tuesday in a chat with Yumi Stynes, Tina Arena AM distilled plenty of nourishing advice from her fruitful career into meaningful notes of approval for sisters, mothers (kudos to you for bringing your baby with you, Fanny Lumsden!) Colleagues and future leaders have room to stash in their pockets as they forge their own narrative.

“Please don’t listen to yourself. Stay true to yourself.”

Tina drew attention to the importance of women working side-by-side in the music industry as colleagues, rather than competition, and how she witnessed the notion that women support each other. mutually being somewhat forbidden.

“Why can’t we all have fun together?” she asked — a nod to her 2015 ARIA Hall of Fame induction performance, when she asked the Veronicas and Jessica Mauboy to perform her hit song “Chains” with her.

We heard the preamble to Tina’s tribute performance to Dame Olivia Newton-John, which would take place the following evening, describing Olivia as “a woman who has been so incredibly generous with everything she has done” and recalled her great gratitude for the education she received from ONJ, unquestionably one of the golden girls of Australian music.

After dark on Tuesday, the first hip-hop showcase for First Nations women took over What’s Golden, the scaled-down space at the Tivoli. The performances were serious and sassy, ​​powerful and fun (looking at you Hot Brown Honey) and came from DJs, MCs and beatboxers Dizzy Doolan, DJ RedBelly, Kayla Truth, Hope One, Kween G, Lady Lash and Naomi Wenitong, from northern The Clean Queensland urban pop group, Shakaya (formed 20 years ago this year).

Indeed, Wednesday night’s black-and-gold themed awards were a suave and glamorous affair, this time held at the Tivoli (May 18) – a high-profile two-tier event that even the Premier of Queensland Palaszczuk herself attended, along with, most importantly, Shadow Arts Minister Tony Burke, in what he described as the longest job interview ever.

The AWMAs really do what they say on the package. When the spruik includes words like “diversity” and “inclusion,” they literally materialize what that means into the fabric of the event, honoring skill categories often not even considered by everyday bettors or bettors. industry members, and having performances by a wide range of genres and performers.

These included recognition of filmmakers, image and style creators, visual and audio production artisans, classical music creators, journalists, leaders, humanitarians and the first Tina Arena Special Impact Award, which was awarded to Dina Basile – a lady on a mission to make festivals and events more accessible to everyone, regardless of ability.

Tania Doko (Bachelor Girl) at the acceptance of the APRA-AMCOS Songwriter Award spoke about the nature of the ceremony and success in an atmosphere of female encouragement. “It’s about recognizing and growing. I also want to recognize the guys who lift us up, help us be better,” and the importance of mutual teamwork between men and women.

Herald of the Sahara

Sahara Herald, winner of the Industry Observer Music Leadership Award, described leadership as “not only strong, but also vulnerable. Not only asking for help, but also accepting it”.

Sahara also demonstrated in her speech what she meant, talking about some of her public trials and having been through them, now sharing them openly and honestly.

The Settlement Services International Diversity in Music Award was presented to Eliza Hull, author, speaker, musician and disability rights advocate.

“So I’m really hopeful about what this means for future musical artists with disabilities…to have awards like this and to have a more accessible music industry makes me feel like I can be me- same.”

Elisa Hull

Elisa Hull

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past two years, you’re likely aware that a few key faces have called attention to the gender-based harassment and discrimination that accompanies the remunerative mistakes of a growing economy. cascade like the The music industry.

Two of them are AWMA Change Maker Award recipients: Tamara Georgopoulos and Jaguar Jonze for their sacrificial activism in this space.

“We must be the moral compass of those who run this industry,” insisted Tamara, guaranteeing that without this, the vicious cycle of systemic abuse will continue. “Consider how you can be an agent of change.”

Jaguar Jonze Tamara Georgopoulos

Jagaur Jonze (left) and Tamara Georgopoulos

Jaguar Jonze continued the joint award acceptance speech. “Who protects us? Who is helping to create meaningful change?

“We always stop at awareness, because it takes so long to make people realize there’s a problem. But that’s all it is – a first step. We still have so many work before us. This work will not be achieved by giving me a price.

“If you ask me what I really want…it’s opportunity, continued security, freedom, equality and justice. I want our leaders, influencers and gatekeepers to have integrity, hold their responsibilities and take responsibility. I want to be an artist. That’s what I came into this industry to be.

It’s a sentiment endorsed by the venue, and further summed up by members of the jazz trio who performed for the black carpet, Paula and Cassie.

Paula described the evening as a “wonderful experience that inspired us to continue playing as female musicians”.

Whereas Cassie (who has often been the singular musician on two-day festival lineups in the reggae circuit) was more straightforward. “[It’s] empower, see representation. Also, more tambourine sisters up front. And the sides, and the backline, and the soundboard, and the set design, and so on. You have this.”

Winners of the Australian Women In Music Awards 2022

Hotel X ~ Filmmaker Award
Lucy Knox

Award for Excellence in Image Creation
Cindy Vogels

Music Photographer Award
Cybele Malinowski

Fender Music Australia ~ Emerging Artist Award
Martha Marlow

APRA AMCOS ~ Songwriter Award
Tania Doko

Justice Elizabeth Fullerton ~ Excellence in Classical Music Award
Genevieve Lacey

Live Production Tour Awards
Casey O’Shaunessy

School of Audio Engineering ~ Studio Production Awards
Alice Ivy

Live Creative Production Award
Kait Hall

Settlement Services International ~ Musical Diversity Award
Elisa Hull

Twitter Australia ~ Music Journalist Award
Poppy Reid

Brisbane City Council ~ Excellence in Art Awards
Elena Kats Chernin

AWMA Honor Roll
Dame Olivia Newton-John AC DBE

The Industry Observer ~ Music Leadership Award
Herald of the Sahara

Nova Entertainment ~ Creative Leadership Award
Emilie Ulman

Lemon Tree Music ~ Humanitarian Award
Leigh Trolley

AWMA ~ Change Maker Price
Jaguar Jonze & Tamara Georgopoulos

Inaugural Tina Arena ~ Special Impact Award
Dina Basile

Queensland Government ~ Lifetime Achievement Award
Deborah Cheetham AO

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