National Indigenous Music Awards open nominations, announce first NIMAs album

The National Indigenous Music Awards have opened nominations for 2017, in what has been a landmark year for Indigenous music in Australia. Celebrating their 14th anniversary, the NIMAs – one of Australia’s most important music events – will be held under the stars at Darwin’s historic amphitheatre on 12 August.

It’s been a big year for Indigenous music with A.B. Origina’s win of the Australian Music Prie, a #1 ARIA chart position for Busby Marou and Jessica Mauboy’s soundtrack to her national TV series. Troy Cassar-Daley took out Album of the Year at Tamworth Golden Guitars and Casey Donovan returned to national prominence via mainstream television.

Indigenous artists from across Australia and the Torres Strait are encouraged to submit their tracks which will be judged by a panel of Australian and International music industry members.  As the nation commemorates 50 years since the national referendum to recognise Indigenous people, The National Indigenous Music Awards has also collaborated with Warner Music Australia to create the National Indigenous Music Awards CD which will be available for the first time, shining a light on the contribution that Indigenous Australia has made to the rich tapestry of Australian music.

To submit your music to the 2017 National Indigenous Music Awards or to get your tickets to this year’s awards night on 12 August, visit

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