We congratulate the Australian Women in Music 2019 Award winners

Thursday, 10 Oct 2019

(Tony Burke, Joy McKean OAM, Anne Kirkpatrick. Photo by Elouise van Riet-Gray)

The Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMAs) were held last night in Brisbane, recognising women’s contributions and achievements across all areas of the Australian music industry.

The award for Music Leadership was posthumously conferred to APRA AMCOS staffer Sue Telfer, for her 30+ years of leadership and service, making an immense contribution to songwriters, artists and the Sydney live music industry. Sue was a beloved and well-known professional leader and communicator whose conduct, ethics, impact and influence on the lives and careers of so many artists left an indelible mark. This recognition for Sue is incredibly meaningful for her family, friends, colleagues, artists and music industry people whose lives she touched.

Newly appointed APRA AMCOS Ambassador Christine Anu picked up two AWMAs – Diversity in Music and Artistic Excellencein acknowledgement of decades of work and her extensive contribution and commitment to Australia’s cultural music scene.

Winner of this year’s Songwriter Award, presented by APRA AMCOS, was Mojo Juju. Through the telling of family history and her own personal experiences, Mojo Juju’s songwriting explores her relationships with Elders and Ancestry and how that informs her own identity.

APRA AMCOS Ambassador Katie Noonan was awarded the 2019 AWMA for Creative Leadership, acknowledging her unwavering perseverance in aiding the development of Australia’s diverse musical landscapes.

This year’s AWMA for Lifetime Achievement went to the "grand lady of Australian country music" Joy McKean OAM. She began performing at a young age with her sister, Heather, and went on to become one of Australia’s leading songwriters and bush balladeers, writing many of Slim Dusty's greatest hits. Joy McKean is also one of the founders of the Tamworth Country Music Festival and the Country Music Association of Australia.

A special tribute performed by Katie Noonan, Jess Green, Zoe Hauptmann and Ali Foster acknowledged 2019 AWMA Honour Roll inductee, Judith Durham AO.

Congratulations to all of the 2019 AWMA winners

The Calile Hotel Artistic Achievement Award - Christine Anu

Scenestr Creative Leadership Award - Katie Noonan

SSI Diversity in Music Award - Christine Anu

AWMA Emerging Artist Award - Alice Skye

AWMA Excellence in Classical Music Award - Caroline Almonte
Sun Studios Excellence in Image Making Award - 
Melaine Knight

Canon Australia Film Maker Award - Tashi Hall

Cicada International Humanitarian Award - Dami Im

AWMA Lifetime Achievement Award - Joy McKean, OAM

Frontier Touring & Chugg Entertainment Live Production Award - Laurie May

Twitter Australia Music Journalist Award - Ange McCormack

AWMA Music Leadership Award - Sue Telfer

Canon Australia Music Photographer Award - Tashi Hall

APRA AMCOS Songwriter Award - Mojo Juju

Goa Studio Production Award - Virginia Read

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