2023 Australian Women in Music Awards Programs and Artists Unveiled

August 15, 2023

Monday 14 August– Tickets go on sale today for AWMA 2023 with the announcement of a unique and ground-breaking program featuring some of Australia’s top female artists including Vanessa Amorosi, Sarah McLeod, Dami Im, Vika & Linda, Beccy Cole, Hot Brown Honey, Samira El Koussa, Candice Bankovacki and Véronique Serret.

Hosted by Yumi Stynes and Nartarsha Bamblett (Queen Acknowledgements) the exceptional two-day Conference, Awards Ceremony and Concert program in Meanjin/Brisbane on 26-27 September will host some of the industry’s top female music practitioners, First Nations and multi-cultural artists, leaders and diverse emerging talent.

Highlighting the vast contribution of Australian women in the music industry, this year’s AWMA continues to provide a unique platform for robust and dynamic conversation through a series of forums, showcases and performances, an intimate ‘In Conversation’ with Vanessa Amorosi, and a major awards show, black carpet and concert.

The Awards Ceremony and Concert will later be broadcast nationally on ABC TV and streamed on ABC iView from Friday 29 September, 2023. AWMA has also commissioned a First Nations composition written by GLVES and Arrowbird, produced by Arrowbird and mixed and mastered by Antonia Gauci, which will form the soundtrack to this year’s ABC TV broadcast.

Multi-platinum recording artist and singer-songwriter Vanessa Amorosi will return to Australia from her home in Los Angeles to support and perform at AWMA.

“In my own experience I’ve worked with some incredible women throughout my career,” she said. “My current team including my management, record label, booking agent and branding agencies are all run by women. I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside Vicki Gordon throughout my career; she was a part of my journey all through my success when I first started and the memories I have are nothing but influential and hardworking. I’m so looking forward to performing and supporting AWMA this year and to celebrate the women in our industry.”

Twenty AWMAs will be awarded this year from a public and self-nomination process that attracted hundreds of individual nominations, each assessed by a specially-convened 37-seat Juror Council comprised of industry professionals and practitioners of the highest calibre, with representation across a diverse range of music disciplines and cultures. The 2023 AWMA Honour Roll inductee is soon to be announced.The brainchild of Executive Producer & Program Director Vicki Gordon, the inaugural AWMA debuted in October 2018, in response to the chronic gender inequality in the Australian music industry as a platform to share ideas and celebrate the nation’s leading female creatives and professionals as dynamic essential contributors to the future of the music industry.

AWMA Executive Producer & Program Director Vicki Gordon said: “AWMA will always be at the forefront of change in the Australian Music Industry and we continue to insist the industry adopt gender equality as a core music industry value. AWMA’s mission is to give voice to a dynamic community of voices and to showcase performances that exemplify the strengths and diversity of Australian Women in Music in a powerful, inclusive and unique celebration.”

Sure to empower and inspire, the countdown to AWMA has officially begun with tickets on sale from today via Oztix here.

The 2023 Australian Women in Music Awards and Conference Program is proudly supported by the Queensland Government, with extensive support from industry and community partners.

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