• One of Australia’s most beloved music events, the National Indigenous Music Awards, have announced that nominations are open from today for the 2024 ceremony, to be held at its iconic home at Darwin Amphitheatre under the Larrakia stars on August 10.

    Over twenty years, the awards have plotted the rise of First Nations music in Australia, honouring the past, present and future of Indigenous talent. From Gurrumul and Uncle Archie to Jessica Mauboy and Bumpy, the awards have been both the starting point for careers and the place to come home to celebrate national and international success with mob.

    The 2024 event will celebrate talent from across the two decades of the awards and plot a course for the next two. And today, music lovers can be a part of the history by voting for their favourite in First Nations talent at the National Indigenous Awards website.

    “As the Creative Director of the National Indigenous Music Awards, I am excited to be a part of this year’s awards which are the culmination of two decades of Indigenous musical brilliance,” said NIMA Creative Director Ben Graetz. “Each year we come together to honour our diverse First Nations music from across Australia. I cannot wait to celebrate with everyone this year under the stars at Darwin Amphitheatre on Larrakia Country for a memorable night of First Nations musical excellence.”

    This year the NIMAs also welcomes a brand-new First Nations Leadership Group, established to support the First Nations creative and delivery teams and provide strategic and cultural guidance.

    The inaugural group is Michaella Harrison (Bidjara), Kaleena Smith – (Wiradjuri, Yorta Yorta), Lynette Fejo (Larrakia), Toni Janke (Wuthathi, Yadighana, Meriam) and Dr. Shellie Morris (Yanyuwa, Wardaman).

    To nominate their favourite piece of Indigenous music from the past year, fans can head to nima.musicnt.com.au from today to cast a vote.