Sahara Beck has been named as the recipient of the $15,000 Carol Lloyd Award for 2019, the announcement taking place at the launch of this year's Queensland Music Festival.
The National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) will return later this year, with organisers opening nominations for the 2019 event, which will take place at Darwin's iconic Amphitheatre on August 10.
The awards showcase the rich musical landscape of Australia and highlight the music coming from all corners of the country, bringing together acts who are yet to make their mark on the world alongside those who have achieved international acclaim, such as Gurrumul & Jessica Mauboy.
“Whether it is acknowledging greats of the past or discovering the talent of the future, the NIMAs continue to hold an important place in the Australian music calendar for both recognition and discovery of First Nations talent,” National Indigenous Music Awards Reference Group Chair Warren H. Williams said.
“The event continues to evolve and cement its relevance across the year to show Australia the wide range of amazing music that Indigenous people contribute to Australia’s musical canon.”Warren H. Williams
Reference Group Chair, NIMAs
Entering its 16th year, 2019 will be the first awards ceremony since the launch of the National Indigenous Music Chart.
Held annually under the stars at Darwin’s historic Amphitheatre, The NIMAs bring audiences from all over Australia together to applaud the winners, enjoy the performances and soak up the ambience of a night for music lovers of all ages and all cultures. Musicians such as Yothu Yindi, Gurrumul, Baker Boy, The Tableland Drifters, Warren H. Williams and Arnhem Land rockstars Saltwater Band have performed and won awards as well.
The public and industry are encouraged to nominate any Indigenous album or single released after June 1, 2018.
Queensland Music Festival has launched its massive 2019 program. The state-wide program for the festival's 20th anniversary will run 5 July through to 28 July and bring "the gift of music to all corners of the state". Find out what's on and how you can get involved!
Last fortnight Paris Irwin, winner of the Industry Connect ‘Chill with Paces’ mentoring session spent an afternoon at Alchemix Recording Studios with Paces to gain some priceless industry insight, feedback on her songs and whip up a groovy new tune with the Gold Coast based producer.
Tucked away in the mountains of the Sunshine Coast is the picturesque Heliport Studios where for the second year, eight Industry Connect participants will spend four days co-writing and collaborating on new music with the guidance of industry experts.
APRA AMCOS have announced the return of the biennial APRA Professional Development Awards offering nine individual winners $15,000 each. The Smugglers of Light initiative will also return in 2019, providing a promising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music or media practitioner with a grant of $12,000.