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Australian Women in Music Awards 2019

Presented by Cicada International Inc

Some of the biggest names in the Australian music industry will once again join forces at the Brisbane Powerhouse for the Australia Women in Music Awards (AWMA).

Turning the spotlight on women, the 2019 AWMAs feature 15 award categories acknowledging and celebrating First Nations and multicultural performers, excellence in artistry, classical music, technical and production skills, cross-cultural development, song-writing, music education, music photography, leadership, music journalism, humanitarian work and more.

The AWMA program also features a series of forums, networking and a keynote address focusing on diversity, identity, empowerment and conversation.

For more information visit womeninmusicawards.com.au

Forum: Women on the Front Line
Tue 08 Oct, 10am
Hip Hop has given voice, predominantly to men, to highlight issues such as poverty, police brutality, violence and racism but it has not traditionally empowered women’s stories or voices. Why is it so difficult for women to lead and find their rightful place in the Australian Hip Hop Music scene?

Forum: The Intersection of Music and Politics
Tue 08 Oct, 11.30am
It is said that all Art is political, because Art is essentially the presentation of a world view. When your world view finds its place in the collective narrative your voice is automatically heard. But whose voices are co-opted or corrupted within the music industry? We take a deep look at the voices that are appropriated and the voices that are completely and fundamentally silenced.

Forum: The Changing Face of Music
Tue 08 Oct, 2.15pm

How do we reduce the negative effects of the media and the double standards that exist within the music industry with regard to gender, race, sexuality and social cultural back grounds. How do we counter unrealistic, objectifying representations of women’s body image and promote realistic messages of confidence?

Workshop: Speed Networking Event
Tue 08 Oct, 3.45pm

Industry experts provide insights on developing and progressing careers from songwriting and music production to releasing and promoting your work in a series of short intimate group discussions.

Keynote Address
Tue 08 Oct, 5pm

The power of great leadership is in taking bold and timely decisions to support change that is being initiated within an industry. Building on the incredible success of the inaugural AWMAs in 2018, this year’s Keynote Address embraces the vision and dynamic support of diverse women and men in every area of business and community engagement which involves empowering and understanding women and their needs. Join us in our call for change. Post the keynote, networking drinks will be held until 8pm.

Black Pass: This pass provides access to all forums, keynote address and networking. Excludes ticket to attend the awards ceremony, concert and party.

Gold Pass: This pass provides access to all forums, keynote address, networking and award ceremony, concert and party plus AWMAs 2019 limited edition signed print.


As women, we need to be recognised as our own individual artists. That’s what the AWMA's provide

Emily Wurramara

AWMA provides unprecedented opportunities for our Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander sisters. This is a change maker

Christine Anu AWMA Advisor

This is a galvanising moment for so many women. Bringing together so many conversations. Having that moment to come together and celebrate the many successes of women in music, it’s so timely

Meagan Loader Double J Content Director


More Info

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


About the Venue

Common Questions

How do I get to Brisbane Powerhouse?
See our Getting Here page.

Is parking available?
There is limited free-of-charge, all-day, on-site car parking at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you are travelling by car, please arrive early to secure a park. Additional free parking is available in New Farm Park accessible via our link road, which is opened after 5pm on performance days.

What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 60 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

See more common questions and learn everything you need to know about your visit to Brisbane Powerhouse on our FAQ page.

Get the most out of your visit

See an exhibition
See the world for free with awe-inspiring visual art from just about everywhere. Make sure you don’t miss anything – explore all of the foyers on the main and bottom floors. See what's on.

Explore New Farm Park
Brisbane Powerhouse is located next to the beautiful New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s most popular and much loved recreational facilities. Pack a picnic, smell the roses in the garden, play a game of tennis, let the kids loose in the playground, enjoy a coffee, or just sit back and take in the sunshine.

Brisbane Powerhouse recommends The JohnsonTryp Hotel, and The Fantauzzo.