Australian Women in Music Awards postpones 2021 event, finalists announced

Australian Women in Music Awards postpones 2021 event, finalists announced

L-R: Emily Ulman (photo by Simon Fazio), Sosefina Fuamoli, Mindy Meng Weng (photo by Nicole Reed)
Words by Kate Streader

The two-day event will be held in May 2022.

The annual Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA) have been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. The two-day event, which was set to go ahead in Brisbane on October 5 and 6, has been pushed back until May 17 and 18 2022.

“As a national event which draws on the creative expertise of artists and music practitioners from every state, combined with our priority to provide safe travel for First Nations women from regional and remote communities, the risk of producing a safe event at this stage is unacceptably high,” said AWMA Founding Executive Director, Vicki Gordon.

Despite the change of plans, AWMA has announced the finalists for its 2021 iteration after receiving a record number of entries and submissions.

What you need to know

  • The Australian Women in Music Awards 2021 finalists have been revealed
  • This year’s event has been postponed until 2022 amidst COVID-19 concerns
  • The awards’ 17 categories recognise the achievements of women throughout the music industry

Keep up with the latest music interviews, news and reviews here.

Spanning 17 categories, including songwriting, music journalism, music leadership, studio production, and lifetime achievement, the awards look to celebrate the achievements and hard work of women in all facets of the music industry.

Check out the full list of AWMA 2021 finalists below.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Kate Ceberano, Deborah Cheetham AO, Keri McInerney

Tina Arena Special Impact Award
Sahara Herald, Sonja Horbelt, Dina Bassile

Humanitarian Award
Nancy Bates, Leigh Carriage, Gemma Farrell

Diversity in Music Award
Mindy Meng Wang, Eliza Hull, Alice Ivy

Excellence in Classical Music Award
Elena Kats-Chernin, Genevieve Lacey, Celia Craig

Artistic Excellence Award
Katie Noonan, Dr Eve Klein, Elena Kats-Chernin

Studio Production Award
Antonia Gauci, Becki Whitton, Alice Ivy

Live Creative Production Award
Annie Peterson, Jenny Moon, Kait Hall

Live Production Touring Award
Casey O’Shaughnessy, Sophie Kirov, Fanny Lumsden

Music Leadership Award
Marianna Annas, Jodie Feld, Sahara Herald

Songwriter Award
Dami Im, Tania Doko, Lisa Young

Emerging Artist Award
GLVES, Vanessa Perica, Martha Marlow

Music Photographer Award
Cybele Malinowski, Brittany Long, Michelle Pitiris

Film-maker Award
Aimée-Lee Xu Hsien Curran, Natalie van den Dungen, Lucy Knox

Music Journalist Award
Jane Gazzo, Sosefina Fuamoli, Poppy Reid

Excellence in Image Making Award
Cindy Vogels

Creative Leadership Award
Annie Peterson, Vanessa Hughes, Emily Ulman

The Australian Women in Music Awards are happening in Brisbane on May 17 and 18 2022. Head to the AWMA website for more information.