Thursday, 11 Oct 2018

The inaugural Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA) were held last night at the Brisbane Powerhouse and displayed the tremendous talents of all of the incredible female finalists and winners. The packed out event displayed the incredible contributions from women in all areas of the Australian Music industry and included performances from GordiAdalita, and Katie Noonan.

Sophie Payten, who performs as Gordi, was honored with the APRA AMCOS Songwriter’s Award, for the extraordinary impact she has made on the industry over the past 12 months. She spoke to us recently about her amazing year since receiving a Professional Development Award and the release of her debut album.

The event also showcased the talents of many other female Australian artists, such as Amy Shark and Camp Cope, who were both awarded the International Breakthrough Artist Award.

Ngairre received the Artistic Excellence Award for the incredible creative achievements she has made over the year. For their respective contributions to Australian music, the Lifetime Achievement Award was jointly-bestowed upon Patricia Amphlett, Renee Geyer, and Margret RoadKnight. 

The night also highlighted the achievements of Helen Reddy, by inducting her into the AWMA honor roll as the first inductee ever. Reddy has been a singer/songwriter for over the last 40 years and has not only been a musical pioneer but also an incredible activist for the women’s movement. The honor roll is set to induct more powerful and inspiring women such as Helen Reddy.

APRA AMCOS is proud to be involved in such an event. Congratulations to all the winners and those who helped to make the Australian Women in Music Awards a reality, and thank you to all the women involved who continue to inspire.

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