The National Live Music Awards will return for a second year in 2017, while arts writer and music critic Kate Hennessy has joined the Board.
Hennessy replaces Maggie Collins, who has stepped down to focus on her duties with BIGSOUND.

Three months ago, the inaugural National Live Music Awards (NLMAs) were held at venues in every State and Territory around Australia – handing out no less than 51 awards to the finest musicians, events, venues and music industry professionals around the country.

Along the way the event welcome over 1,000 guests around the country, saw reach of more than 2 million online as the hashtag #NLMAs trended on Twitter and streamed live on Facebook, and raised almost $1,000 for the charity Support Act.

Today, the NLMAs confirms it will return at the end of 2017 for its 2nd Annual event, revealing the details of the new application process and announcing a new board member.

For the first time, artists and their representation will be able to connect NLMAs Judges via a new form on the official NLMAs website (

The form encourages artists to provide live videos as well as information on upcoming shows that judges may be able to attend. The goal is to provide a more inclusive awards, as well as further spread the scope of the event around the country, across artists of all genres.