Amazon Music have signed an extended deal to support Australia’s premier Indigenous music event, with 2023 nominations open from today.

On August 12 this year, under the evening sky of Larrakia Country, the National Indigenous Music Awards will celebrate the finest in First Nations talent at its 2023 event, with nominations open from today. Amazon Music is sponsoring the event produced by MusicNT to honour the nation’s best musicians with a night of recognition and discovery at the Darwin Amphitheatre.

In an exciting new two-year sponsorship agreement, Amazon Music is committed to working with MusicNT to help the awards continue their evolution toward supporting First Nations musicians as well as nurturing and expanding its First Nations led production and creative team.

Laura Lukanz, Head of Music for Amazon Music UK, Australia & New Zealand said of the sponsorship; “We are proud to work alongside the teams at the National Indigenous Music Awards and MusicNT to continue to honour the nation’s most exceptional musicians. First Nations music is at the heart of Australian culture, and at Amazon Music we are honoured to be able to help these artists connect with their audiences through outlets like our Blak Loud playlist, alongside collaborations such as this one.”

In the 19 years since its conception, the NIMAs has grown to be one of the most prestigious awards ceremonies in the country by the work of many incredible creatives. Now, MusicNT are proud to announce the appointment of three new First Nations teams to produce this year’s event. The 2023 teams will include Ben Graetz as Creative Director (returning for his fourth successful year in the role), Libby Collins and Romana Paulson as event Coordinators, and Balya Productions’ Letisha Ackland leading Stage Production.

Ben Graetz commemorates the hard work going into this year’s event by First Nations-led teams; “Celebrating an incredible year of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music, the NIMAs are back on Larrakia Country. This year we look to honour and pay respect to all those artists, musicians and cultural storytellers that have contributed to keeping community strong and our culture alive.”

After broadcasting the 2022 ceremony to the world from Darwin, NITV will also provide their expert First Nations broadcast team to help spread the celebration to the furthest corners of the nation. Their dedicated team will capture every moment from the moving acceptance speeches to the exclusive performances, to be revealed soon.

Nominations are now open and can be made at

Photo (c) Benjamin Warlngundu Ellis Bayliss