With tickets on sale today, the National Indigenous Music Awards will welcome Jessica Mauboy, Dan Sultan, Electric Fields and more to Darwin’s iconic Amphitheatre this August to perform as part of the nations definitive celebration of Australian Indigenous music. Also taking to the stage on August 10 will be Gumbaynggirr rapper Tasman Keith, Indigenous choir collective Spinifex Gum, Yorta Yorta soprano Deborah Cheetham, Larrakia nation’s Kenbi Dancers and Indigenous violinist Eric Avery.

    Nominations for the National Indigenous Music Awards are now open, the public and industry are encouraged to nominate any Indigenous album or single released after June 1, 2018 for inclusion in this year’s awards by visiting nima.musicnt.com.au/nominations/. This year will see the first NIMAs following the launch of the weekly National Indigenous Music Chart, which has given a weekly insight into the achievements of Indigenous musicians across the whole year, not only celebrating big names like Jessica Mauboy, Busby Marou, Briggs and Thelma Plum, but also shining a light on the achievements of new artists like Kaiit, Tasman Keith, Dallas Woods and Drmngnow.

    The 2018 National Indigenous Music Awards saw the event leap forward in strides with big growth in both audience and nominations, as well as stellar performances by Young Australian of the Year, Baker Boy, ARIA chart toppers Busby Marou and Hall of Fame inductee Roger Knox. It has been a big year for Indigenous musicians including Mojo Juju and Dan Sultan nominated for three and two ARIA nominations apiece, Electric Fields becoming runners up to be Australia’s Eurovision entrant, Baker Boy cracking commercial radio with ‘Cool as Hell’ and Gurrumul winning the Australian Music Prize and four ARIAs for ‘Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow).

    Judging of the National Indigenous Music Awards is split this year, with 50% of votes coming from a panel of prominent Indigenous Australians and community leaders and 50% from a panel of Indigenous and non- Indigenous media and music industry representatives.

    Tickets Available from Darwin Festival and ntix now