When Vicki Gordon publicly announced the inaugural Australian Women in Music Awards in March, the #MeToo movement was fast gaining momentum in America and had sparked important discussions within the Australian music industry.

While Harvey Weinstein was laying low in Arizona, following decades of allegations of sexual harassment and assault, Gordon was unveiling an event that had been years in the making.

On October 9 and 10 in Brisbane, the Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA) will shine a spotlight on the underrepresentation of female artists on radio, in festival line-ups, as award recipients, and in the boardrooms of the Australian music industry.

“History is finally on our side to produce this event. We are trying to provide an alternative model of inclusivity and diversity” Gordon tells TIO.

AWMA will be presented at the Brisbane’s Powerhouse and will feature two days of forums, diving into pathways for music makers, new and emerging digital platforms, the role of music as a cultural, social and political songbook, a film screening, photographic exhibition and a keynote by none other than Kate Ceberano.

The following night, the diverse Awards categories will recognise First Nations and culturally diverse artists and music practitioners, excellence in technical and production skills, cross-cultural development, songwriting, music education, music photography, film making, management, leadership, humanitarian work and more. Helen Reddy will also be the first woman inducted into the AWMA Honor roll.