This year’s National Indigenous Music Awards will be held as a virtual presentation across TV, radio and online on August 8th.
NITV will join with radio and online partners for the presentation live from Darwin, Larrakia Country and locations across Australia, with artist performances both at home and on-country.
Viewers will be encouraged to join in on social media and contribute to the event live.
“The NIMAs star has shone brightly for seventeen years and far from dimming that light, COVID has emboldened us to re-imagine what the event can be,” said Creative Director Ben Graetz. “At its heart, the NIMAs is about celebrating our culture and music’s important place within it and we think that being forced to let go of the constraints of location will enable us to reach even more people and create an even bigger welcome mat for Australians to experience and celebrate First Nations music.”
“I am delighted to continue the NITV tradition of broadcasting the National Indigenous Music Awards. NITV is committed to celebrating Indigenous musicians from all over Australia. Music has always been a strong part of our people’s Cultures,” said NITV Channel Manager, Tanya Denning-Orman.
Nominations for this year’s awards close this Friday with all songs and albums released before May 31 by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people eligible. All artists who have appeared in the weekly National Indigenous Music Chart will also be automatically nominated for the awards. Awards will be judged by eminent community members and music industry professionals with finalists to be announced in early July.
(Time TBA) Saturday 8 August on NITV.