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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: Visibility in Hip Hop – Women on the Front Line
Tue 08 Oct, 10am
Facilitator: Kween G ~ Hip Hop Artist

Panelists: Kaylah Truth, Dizzy Doolan & Philly ~ First Nations Hip Hop Artists

Hip Hop has given clarion voice to poverty, police brutality, violence and racism but had a vexed relationship to women, their stories and their voices. How can female voices more consistently be given their rightful place in the Australian Hip Hop Music scene?

Forum: The Art of Rebellion – The Intersection of Music and Politics
Tue 08 Oct, 11.30am
Facilitator: Merenia Marin (Artist/Specialist Ignite Ability Facilitator SSI)

Panelists: Yumi Stynes (Television/Radio Presenter and Author), Kara Hinesley (Head of Public Policy Australia & NZ | Twitter) & Alethea Beetson

Art is political because it always presents a world view. Voices of difference have to fight to be heard. But once accepted, voices of rebellion can be co-opted and appropriated by the usual suspects. We take a deep look at the voices that are appropriated and the voices that are completely and fundamentally silenced. How can the music industry change to support the integrity and survival of genuine voices of rebellion?

Forum: Image Making – The Changing Face of Music
Tue 08 Oct, 2.15pm
Facilitator: Rhianna Patrick (Broadcaster)

Panelists: Angela Samut (CEO QMusic), Amy Sheppard (Artist), Billie McCarthy (Artist) & Kim ‘Busty Beats’ Bowers (Artist)

We are living in a time when assumptions, stereotypes and images of gender, race, sexuality and cultural diversity are being interrogated, revisited and liberated. How can we keep working to reduce the double standards around unrealistic and objectifying representations of women’s body image to promote realistic messages of confidence?

Keynote Address: Eddie Ayres
Tue 08 Oct, 3.45pm
Building on the wave of support for change embraced by the inaugural AWMAs in 2018, this year’s event welcomes noted broadcaster, musician, writer, teacher, philanthropist and trans man Eddie Ayres as the 2019 Keynote Speaker. Because we are at a crossroads of dynamic possibilities for inclusivity, AWMA’s vision is to lead with generosity, to insist that our society benefits when musicians and those who work with them are empowered from a diversity of places, cultures and identities.

Workshop: Career Development Speed Networking
Tue 08 Oct, 5.15pm
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.

Forum: HOW OPERA FORUM – Identity, Representation and Privilege
Wed 09 Oct, 10am

Facilitator: Dr Eve Klein

Panelists: Deborah Cheetham AO (Artist), Dr Jordin Steele (Key Creative, Outcast Performing Arts), Heather Fairbairn (Theatre & Opera Director), Cheryl Barker AO (Artist), Lissa Twomey (Executive Director of Major Performing Arts for the Australia Council).

In May this year at the inaugural New Opera Workshop (NOW 2019) organised by Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University and Opera Queensland, the frustrations of female creators boiled over. An article written by Blackwood, Lim, Polias and Van Ryk responded stating that opera needs to evolve “on our stages, in our creative teams, and on our panels”.

Join us for the HOW discussion where the panel will cover issues such as inclusivity, privilege, the under-representation of female led narratives, the fear around re-inventing works from the existing canon, support and encouragement for new Australian works, the sidelining of female opera creatives and artists, the ever-growing number of opera professionals being imported and the lack of gender parity on our boards.

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.

Image: Deborah Conway performing at the inaugural AWMAs


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.