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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | July 15, 2020

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National Indigenous Music Awards 2020

National Indigenous Music Awards 2020
Emily Lowe

Australia’s biggest celebration of Indigenous music will go ahead with NITV over TV, radio and online on August 8, 2020.

Live from Darwin, Larrakia Country, the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) will acknowledge success and excellence of First Nations talent across the country.

Baker Boy at the 2019 NIMA in Darwin

Baker Boy at the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMA) 2019 in Darwin

With performance from iconic artists both at home and on-country, Creative Director Ben Graetz said the current circumstances will not stop the awards from being as exciting as ever.

“The NIMAs star has shone brightly for seventeen years and far from dimming that light, COVID has emboldened us to re-imagine what the event can be,” Mr. Graetz said

“At its heart, the NIMAs is about celebrating our culture and music’s important place within it and we think that being forced to let go of the constraints of location will enable us to reach even more people and create an even bigger welcome mat for Australians to experience and celebrate First Nations music,” he said.

The awards will be available to watch on NITV or listened to on SBS Radio, with organisers encouraging fans to stay tuned for ways to get involved.

Nominations for the awards close Friday May 29, and all songs and albums released before May 31 are eligible, with artists who have appeared in the weekly National Indigenous Music Chart automatically nominated.

Archie Roach and Tiddas at the 2019 NIMA in Darwin

Archie Roach and Tiddas at the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMA) 2019 in Darwin

Prominent community members and music industry professionals will judge the submissions, with finalists to be announced in early July.

NITV Channel Manager Tanya Denning-Orman said the NITV is committed to ensuring the awards can go ahead, and showcase Indigenous talent.

“I am delighted to continue the NITV tradition of broadcasting the National Indigenous Music Awards,” She said.

“Music has always been a strong part of our people’s Cultures.

“NITV is committed to celebrating Indigenous musicians from all over Australia,” Ms. Denning-Orman said.

To nominate yourself or another artist, visit the NIMA website.