Following watershed moments in entertainment overseas, the Australian music industry has turned its focus on the underrepresentation of female artists on radio, in festival line-ups, as award recipients and in the boardrooms of the Australian music industry.

Having long recognised the need for a shift, industry veteran Vicki Gordon has announced the inaugural Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA), to shine a light on empowering and recognising the value, achievements and contributions of women.

Set to be staged at Brisbane Powerhouse from October 9-10, 2018, the AWMAs will recognise first nations and multicultural performers, excellence in artistry, technical & production skills, cross-cultural development, songwriting, music education, music photography, management, humanitarian work and more.

“History is finally on our side. We need to grab this moment with an open and united heart,” AWMA Founding Director Vicki Gordon said.

Beyond the Awards, AWMA will establish an Honour Roll to acknowledge outstanding women who have made significant and lasting contributions in their chosen field.

The Awards will also host the QLD premiere of the Australian music documentary ‘Her Sound-Her Story’, and host a series of forums and keynote speeches to explore and promote gender and cultural equity within the Australian music industry.