“The NIMAs are one of Australia’s most important music events” Beat Magazine
The National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) are recognised as one of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous music awards and have been celebrating Australian music for 16 years.
The NIMAs showcase the rich musical landscape of Australia and highlight the music coming from all corners of the country. The Awards bring together acts who are yet to make their mark on the world alongside those who have achieved international acclaim, such as Gurrumul & Jessica Mauboy.
Held annually under the stars at Darwin’s historic Amphitheatre, The NIMAS bring audiences from all over Australia together to applaud the winners, enjoy the performances and soak up the ambiance of a night for music lovers of all ages and all cultures. Musicians such as Yothu Yindi, Gurrumul, The Tableland Drifters, Warren H. Williams and Arnhem Land rockstars Saltwater Band have performed and won awards as well.
“There’s so much great talent coming through and it’s a privilege to be in the same company.” Dan Sultan, NIMAs Award Winner
The NIMAs are a special celebration of Indigenous music: a family friendly, not-to-be-missed event in the Darwin entertainment calendar and the Australian music calendar.
“[NIMAs are] Without a doubt the best slickest entertaining representation of Aboriginal Music and Entertainers ever” Fox McLachlan, Aboriginal Broadcasting
Recognising the important place the event holds for its artists, past and present, as well as its audience, the NIMAs program a huge night of performances as part of the award ceremony, positioning it as a major music festival on the National event calendar. The 2018 lineup boasted performances from Hall of Fame recipient Roger Knox, Triple J 2017 Unearthed winner and rising star, Baker Boy and included performances from Busby Marou, country legends Kasey Chambers with Alan Pigram and the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir.
“The growth in the National Indigenous Music Awards has mirrored the growth of Indigenous music more generally over the last fifteen years. As our musicians have continued their journey of taking their rightful place at the forefront of Australian music, the awards have been there not just to celebrate their successes, but to be a launching pad for new talent and discovery vehicle for musicians”. NIMA Reference Group Chair Warren H. Williams.
2018 has seen one of the strongest years yet for Indigenous music with number 1 albums, national tours, TV (and Eurovision!) appearances, Hottest 100 placements and acts playing festivals across the country. As the premier platform to showcase this success, the NIMAs brought the Australian music community together in a celebration of diversity, innovation and leadership.