AWMA was established in 2018 by founding Executive Producer Vicki Gordon to address the chronic gender inequality across the full spectrum of the Australian Music Industry.   

The inaugural AWMA was a watershed moment for the industry driving a major cultural shift across the entire sector, recognising the value, contribution and achievements of women whilst igniting collaboration and support nationally for diverse creatives and music practitioners. In just four years, AWMA has delivered programs which have driven systemic change to make visible female First Nations and multi-cultural artists, women working in remote and regional communities, female producers, engineers and technicians, emerging artists, elders, leaders, non-binary and GNC music practitioners across all genres of music.