The Australian Women In Music Awards program for 2019 has been announced, with speakers including Amy Sheppard, Yumi Stynes, Deborah Cheetham, Kween G and Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers.
The awards will take place on Tuesday, 8th October and Wednesday, 9th October 2019 at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Emceed by Stynes and Alethea Beetson, musical acts will include Cheryl Barker, Tamara Anna Cislowska, Clare Bowditch, Katie Noonan, Melinda Scneider, Ngaiire and more, capped with a finale performance that will see Noonan, Zoe Hauptman and Jess Green joining Renée Geyer on stage.
The program is a central aspect of AWMA’s goal to continue nurturing a “strong and dynamic hub of conversation for women, First Nations, Multicultural artists and members of the LGBTQIA community to share knowledge, inspire and thrive.”
Trans musician and broadcaster Eddie Ayres will be the keynote speaker for proceedings. “Our 2019 keynote speaker, Eddie Ayres, is part of a hopeful vision for the future of women and diverse people in positions of power and creative control,” says Vicki Gordon, AWMA’s Founding Executive Director.
“Because we are at a crossroads of dynamic possibilities for inclusivity, AWMA’s vision is to lead with generosity, to insist that our society benefits when musicians and those who work with them are empowered from a diversity of places, cultures and identities.”
The 2019 AWMA forum program will also include a number of panels which explore some of the most pressing issues in contemporary Australian music, including a discussion around visibility in hip-hop facilitated by Kween G and featuring panelists Kaylah Truth, Dizzy Doolan and Philly.
Ticket holders will also have access to a Career Development Speed Networking session, in which participants can meet music practitioners from across all corners of the industry including producer Anna Laverty, ABC Brisbane’s Rhianna Patrick, Stynes, and musicians including L-FRESH The Lion, Kween G, Sue Ray and more.
Tickets are available now through Ticketek with a number of different packages and single-event tickets.
Head to the AWMA website for more details.