The first annual Women in Music Awards will be held in Brisbane on 10 October 2018.
“We received nominations from every state and across all areas of diversity, the quality was
exceptional with a broad representation from artists and music practitioners who operate outside
the mainstream industry. It made the task of our jurors very tough,” says AWMA Founding
Director and Executive Producer, Vicki Gordon.
The shortlist has been revealed today.
2018 AUSTRALIAN WOMEN IN MUSIC AWARDS FINALISTS
Recognises a female songwriter or composer who has made extraordinary impact nationally
and/or internationally in the past 12 months.
FINALISTS – Sarah Blasko, Gordi (Sophie Payten), Ngaiire
Music Leadership Award
Recognises a female CEO, Managing Director, Label Manager, A&R Director, Artist Manager or
Publisher making significant impact in music industry leadership.
FINALISTS – Linda Bosidis, Jen Cloher, Susan Heymann
Diversity in Music Award
Recognises individual artists or female-driven musical collaborations for their contribution to
advancing a culturally diverse and inclusive music industry.
FINALISTS – Mission Songs Project, Rachel Maria Cox, 3 Signal Creative
Studio Production Award
Recognises a female sound engineer or producer who has made contributions of outstanding
significance in the studio recording environment.
FINALISTS – Anna Laverty, Kath Naunton, Becki Whitton
Music Photographer Award
Recognises a female music photographer currently working in the field and to acknowledge her
body of work.
FINALISTS – Lisa Businovski, Tashi Hall, Wendy McDougall
Creative Leadership Award
A curatorial award recognising excellence in creative programming and/or content creation
from a woman working in a music festival, live performance/venue or media setting to
champion female artists.
FINALISTS – Zoe Hauptmann, Katie Noonan, Roz Pappalardo
Breakthrough Artist Award
Recognises a female artist who has had a significant breakthrough impact nationally in the past
FINALISTS – Camp Cope, Stella Donnelly, Amy Shark
Artistic Excellence Award
Recognises exceptional creative achievement from a female artist/musician across any genre.
FINALISTS – Dalla Frasca, Gordi (Sophie Payten), Ngaiire
Recognises a female music videographer, clip-maker or film-maker currently working in the field
and to acknowledge her body of work.
FINALISTS – Gemma Lee, Ruth Morris, Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore
Live Production Award
Recognises a female working in a live production or touring environment making significant
impact in her field: Includes Tour Management, Live Sound, Lighting, Backstage and Roadcrew
FINALISTS – Lynette Britten, Kait Hall, Robyn Jelleff
Recognises exceptional musicianship from a female musician across any genre.
FINALISTS – Fem Belling, Lydia Davies, Nerida Tyson-Chew
Recognises an individual who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of
music education and/or to empowering Indigenous female artists in remote and regional
FINALISTS – Dr Anita Collins, Louise Denson, Elizabeth Sellars
Auriel Andrew Memorial Award
Recognises a true pioneer of Aboriginal women in music.
FINALISTS – Deborah Cheetham AOM, Jessie Lloyd, Shellie Morris, TIDDAS, Gina Williams
Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented to a female artist or musician who has made outstanding artistic contribution to the
field of recording and/or live performance during her lifetime.