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2024

Award Categories

AWMA shines a light on the immense talent and contribution made by women, non-binary, GNC & LGBTQI+ people of all cultures and Country, working in all areas of the Australian music industry.

ARIA Executive Leader Game Changer

The award recognises the exceptional leadership of an Executive* leader who creates significant and positive change to generate equality for female, non-binary and GNC people in the Australian music industry. This award category is open to a CEO, CFO, COO, CMO, MD or GM.

* Executive Leadership can be defined as one whose position holds significant decision-making and managerial responsibility in an organisation governing more than 15 employees. This can include those who work across multiple projects or organisations concurrently.

Award Criteria

The criteria for this category may include but is not limited to the following. The nominee will:

  • Be employed or working in an Executive* Leadership role in a contemporary music-related business or organisation (this can include promoters, ticketing organisations, venues, industry associations and government organisations)
  • Demonstrate an ongoing proactive strategic vision for improving representation of female, non-binary and GNC people in the business or organisation and/or the national and/or international music industry.
  • Demonstrable evidence of positive sustainable change in employment and operational policies that address lack of female and non-binary/NGC representation and inequality, and improve the safety of workplaces for female, non-binary and GNC people of all backgrounds and lived experiences.
  • Exemplify collaborative leadership, be committed to empowering female, non-binary and GNC employees and celebrating female, non-binary and GNC people‘s contribution in the business/organisation and in the music industry.
  • Demonstrate a sustained and committed record of working toward the continued improvement of music as an Australian creative industry promoting diversity, equality, and inclusion within the business/organisation and/or across the industry.

Opera Australia Impact

The Opera Australia Impact Award acknowledges a female, non-binary and GNC person working in the field of opera as an artist, creative producer or manager, through which their vision and agency has made a significant impact on the ongoing development of the artform.

Award Criteria

The criteria for this category may include but is not limited to the following.
The nominee will:

  • Demonstrate professional activity representing consistent levels of excellence and reputation throughout their career.
  • Have either led or contributed to positive developments, innovations, or transformation of opera towards a contemporary artform relevant to Australian audiences. For example, pertaining to a producer/manager – one who has demonstrated a sustained approach to addressing gender imbalance and/or safe workplaces within the artform.
  • Articulate their future vision and strategy to champion the equitable and inclusive sustainability of Australian opera.

Lifetime Achievement

Presented to a female, non-binary or GNC artist or musician who has made an outstanding artistic contribution to the field of recording and/or live performance during their lifetime.

Award Criteria

The criteria for this category may include but is not limited to the following. The nominee will:

  • Demonstrate consistency of high-quality professional recording and/or live performance throughout their lifetime.
  • Represent a nationally and internationally highly regarded and inspirational role model for younger generations of recording and live performing artists.
  • Evidence a comprehensive breadth and reach of recording and/or live performance output contributing to the profession and industry.
  • Be a formally recognised artist or musician.
  • Be an awarded female, non-binary or GNC artist or musician.

Tina Arena Special Impact

This award honours an unsung champion of the Australian music industry.

Award Criteria

The criteria for this category may include but is not limited to the following:

  • Their personal journey, contribution and service to industry has had an extensive impact on the Australian music community.
  • The nominee has worked diligently and tirelessly behind the scenes to support the success of others.
  • They may be a current female, non-binary or GNC music practitioner working in the music community, youth, commercial and/or education sectors. This includes but is not limited to: musician, singer, producer, engineer, radio producer, music administrator, artist manager, music director, music educator, or music community arts worker.

Humanitarian

Recognises an individual (female, male, non-binary or GNC person) who has made a significant and lasting contribution in assisting female, non-binary and GNC artists working in remote and/or regional communities.

Award Criteria

The criteria for this category may include but is not limited to the following. The nominee will:

  • Demonstrate professional knowledge and/or activity in the field of the performing arts.

  • Have enabled outcomes of humanitarian processes and activity in the performing arts that have been sustained either by the nominee or continued by others.

  • Evidence impact and furthered development to assisting female artists working in remote and/or regional communities.

  • Possess a strong reputation as one who is passionate about their work, compassionate regarding the lives of those with less privilege, and altruistic with their time and resources.

     

Diversity in Music

Recognises individual artists or female, non-binary and GNC people-driven musical collaborations for their contribution to advancing a culturally diverse and inclusive music industry.

Award Criteria

The criteria for this category may include but is not limited to the following. The nominee will:

  • Be a highly acknowledged individual or collaboration that demonstrates a diverse range of cultural and inclusive musical activity
  • Evidence active promotion and advocacy for a culturally diverse and inclusive music industry
  • Demonstrate a substantial and sustainable transformative impact on the music industry and profession via their culturally diverse and inclusive industry activity

Excellence in Classical Music

Recognises a mid-to-late career female, non-binary or GNC classical music artist who has demonstrated musical excellence throughout their career.

Award Criteria

The criteria for this category may include but is not limited to the following. The nominee will:

  • Have continually practised as a female, non-binary or GNC professional classical music artist for more than 15 years.
  • Be able to demonstrate high quality creative accomplishments and mastery of classical music within a national and/or international context.
  • Possess national/international awards or grants for their classical music activity.
  • Demonstrate an ongoing curation of and commitment to classical music.

    Women in Heavy Music

    Recognises a female, non-binary or GNC person who has made contributions of outstanding significance as an artist, musician, music practitioner, agent, artist or label manager, supporter and/or advocator of Heavy Music.

    Award Criteria

    The criteria for this category may include but is not limited to the following.

    The nominee will:

    • Demonstrate a breadth and depth of professional activity representing consistent high quality and reputation throughout their career
    • Have contributed to high profile and/or award-winning music outcomes which have impacted positively on the Heavy Music community
    • Have either led or contributed to positive developments, innovations, or transformation of the Heavy Music area of professional practice
    • Have been widely recognised by professional peers, employees, and/or employers to positively contribute to a safe Heavy Music workplace environment

    Creative Leadership

    A curatorial award recognising excellence in creative programming from a female, non-binary or GNC person working in broadcast media (radio, tv, online, streaming services), a music festival or live performance/venue to champion female, non-binary and GNC artists.

    Award Criteria

    The criteria for this category may include but is not limited to the following. The nominee will:

    • Have experience in programming in broadcast media, for a music festival or live performance/venue at a state, national and/or international level
    • Have included the championing of female, non-binary & GNC artists within their programming
    • Have incorporated resourceful, unconventional, inspiring and visionary curation within their programming
    •  Have evidence of producing distinctive outcomes with high positive impact within the broader community

        Artistic Excellence

        Recognises exceptional creative achievement from a female, non-binary or GNC artist/musician across any genre.

        Award Criteria

        The criteria for this category may include but is not limited to the following. The nominee will:

        • Be an established (as opposed to emerging or new) female, non-binary or GNC artist/musician across any genre
        • Be able to demonstrate high quality creative accomplishments and mastery of their artistic/musical craft within a national and/or international context
        • Possess national/international awards for their artistic/music professional activity
        • Be considered a distinctive leader within their area of industry with an ongoing commitment to the profession

          Studio Production

          Recognises a female, non-binary or GNC sound engineer or producer who has made contributions of outstanding significance in the studio recording environment.

          Award Criteria

          The criteria for this category may include but is not limited to the following. The nominee will:

          • Demonstrate professional activity of consistent high quality and reputation throughout their career
          • Possess sound engineer and/or produced professional outputs that have furthered, innovated, or transformed the studio recording environment
          • Have contributed to high profile and/or award-winning music outcomes.

            Live Creative Production

            Recognises a female, non-binary or GNC person working in a live production environment making significant impact in their field: includes but is not limited to roles such as Live Sound, Lighting & Visual Design, Set Design, Show Producer etc.

            Award Criteria

            The criteria for this category may include but is not limited to the following. The nominee will:

            • Demonstrate a breadth and depth of professional activity representing consistent high quality and reputation throughout their career
            • Have contributed to high profile and/or award-winning music outcomes
            • Have either led or contributed to developments, innovations, or transformation of their area of professional practice
            • Have been widely recognised by professional peers, employees, and/or employers to positively contribute to their workplace environment

              Live Production Touring

              Recognises a female, non-binary or GNC person working in a live production or touring environment making significant impact in their field: Includes Tour/Operations/Promotions Management, Tour Assistant, Backstage, Roadcrew, and other related support roles.

              Award Criteria

              The criteria for this category may include but is not limited to the following. The nominee will:

              • Demonstrate a breadth and depth of professional activity representing consistent high quality and reputation throughout their career
              • Have contributed to high profile and/or award-winning music outcomes
              • Have either led or contributed to developments, innovations, or transformation of their area of professional practice
              • Have been widely recognised by professional peers, employees, and/or employers to positively contribute to their workplace environment

              Music Leadership

              Recognises a female, non-binary or GNC Managing Director, Label Manager, A&R Director, Artist Manager or Publisher making significant impact in music industry leadership.

              Award Criteria

              The criteria for this category may include but is not limited to the following. The nominee will:

              • Be a widely recognised female, non-binary or GNC professional leader and communicator within their sector of the music industry
              • Evidence ethical professional conduct in all areas of their field integrating female, non-binary or GNC people, social and cultural diversity, and inclusion agendas
              • Possess a reputation for significantly empowering female, non-binary or GNC people working within the workplace and industry
              • Have a noteworthy management history and visionary impact within the music industry

                Songwriter

                Recognises an outstanding female, non-binary or GNC songwriter or composer.

                Award Criteria

                The criteria for this category may include but is not limited to the following. The nominee will:

                • Be professionally and publicly regarded and recognised as an established female, non-binary or GNC songwriter or composer
                • Evidence a strong following of their professional work: nationally and internationally
                • Demonstrate an extensive volume of quality creative output
                • Have current and past performances of their songs/compositions within a national and international setting
                • Have fostered successful collaborations with fellow songwriters and/or composers OR performing musicians
                • Have demonstrated positive impact on the lives of others through their music activities

                  Emerging Artist

                  Acknowledges an outstanding emerging female, non-binary or GNC artist between the ages of 18-25 inclusive.

                  Award Criteria

                  The criteria for this category may include but is not limited to the following. The nominee will:

                  • Have evidence of outstanding early-career success and/or recognition during this time: nationally and/or internationally.
                  • Be regarded as possessing exceptional skill and precocious talent.
                  • Possesses a strong commitment to their craft and the future of the music profession and industry.

                  Music Photographer

                  Recognises a female, non-binary or GNC music photographer currently working in the field and to acknowledge their portfolio of work.

                  Award Criteria

                  The criteria for this category may include but is not limited to the following. The nominee will:

                  • Be regarded and recognised as an established professional music photographer
                  • Evidence a strong following of their professional work: nationally and/or internationally
                  • Demonstrate an extensive volume of quality creative output
                  • Possess a broad national and/or international reach with their creative work
                  • Have demonstrated positive impact on the lives and wellbeing of other female, non-binary or GNC musicians through their music photographic activity

                    Filmmaker

                    Recognises a female, non-binary or GNC music videographer, clip-maker, filmmaker, or music animator currently working in the field and to acknowledge their body of work.

                    Award Criteria

                    The criteria for this category may include but is not limited to the following. The nominee will:

                    • Be regarded and recognised as an established professional music videographer, clip-maker, film-maker or music animator
                    • Evidence a strong following of their professional work: nationally and/or internationally
                    • Demonstrate an extensive volume of quality creative output
                    • Possess broad national and/or international reach with their creative work
                    • Have demonstrated positive impact on the lives and wellbeing of other female, non-binary or GNC musicians through their music videographer, clip-maker, film-maker or music animator activity

                      Music Journalist

                      Recognises a female, non-binary or GNC music journalist, blogger or editor who has made a creative contribution and courageous impact in truth telling and innovative reporting in the Australian Music Industry.

                      Award Criteria

                      The criteria for this category may include but is not limited to the following. The nominee will:

                      • Be an emerging or established (as opposed to new or novice) female, non-binary or GNC journalist, blogger or editor
                      • Possess a national and/or international reputation, reach and following for their ethical, fearless, and honest storytelling
                      • Produced professional and independent outputs that have innovated, or transformed the news media domain
                      • Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to reporting on those in the music profession and industry, in particular female, non-binary or GNC people.