Australia’s Independent Music Industry will come together in Adelaide this July for the annual AIR Awards and the Indie-Con Australia conference. Over the years the AIR Awards have acknowledged the outstanding and inspiring talent of the likes of Paul Kelly, John Butler, Hilltop Hoods, Vance Joy, Gotye, Sheppard, Gurrumul and Flume just to name a few. The 2019 AIR Awards will be held at the Freemasons Hall, Adelaide on Thursday 25July and the nominees are…
BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST COURTNEY BARNETT
METHYL ETHEL BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM OR EP COURTNEY BARNETT – TELL ME HOW YOU REALLY FEEL EMMA LOUISE – LILAC EVERYTHING GURRUMUL – DJARIMIRRI LAURA JEAN – DEVOTION ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER – HOPE DOWNS BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE A.B. ORIGINAL – BLACCOUT COURTNEY BARNETT – NAMELESS, FACELESS G FLIP – ABOUT YOU LAURA JEAN – GIRLS ON THE TV MOJO JUJU – NATIVE TONGUE BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR – PRESENTED BY PPCA CONFIDENCE MAN DIDIRRI EMILY WURRAMARA G FLIP
HATCHIE BEST INDEPENDENT HIP HOP ALBUM B WISE – AREA FAMOUS COOL OUT SUN – COOL OUT SUN MILWAUKEE BANKS – NO TIME SPACE INVADAS – WILD WORLD TASMAN KEITH – MISSION FAMOUS BEST INDEPENDENT COUNTRY ALBUM BECCY COLE – LIONESS HALFWAY – RAIN LOVER LACHLAN BRYAN AND THE WILDES – SOME GIRLS (QUITE) LIKE COUNTRY MUSIC THE WOLFE BROTHERS – COUNTRY HEART WILLIAM ALEXANDER – THE KID FROM BOURKE
BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM DAN SULTAN – KILLER UNDER A BLOOD MOON EMILY WURRAMARA – MILYAKBURRA GARBRIELLA COHEN – PINK IS THE COLOUR OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE JOHN BUTLER TRIO – HOME MIA DYSON – IF I SAID ONLY SO FAR I TAKE IT BACK
BEST INDEPENDENT HARD ROCK, HEAVY OR PUNK ALBUM CAMP COPE – HOW TO SOCIALISE & MAKE FRIENDS DZ DEATHRAYS – BLOODY LOVELY HIGH TENSION – PURGE LITTLE UGLY GIRLS – LITTLE UGLY GIRLS WEST THEBARTON – DIFFERENT BEINGS BEING DIFFERENT
BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE/ELECTRONICA ALBUM OR EP BRAILLE FACE – LIGHTLETTING CONFIDENCE MAN – CONFIDENT MUSIC FOR CONFIDENT PEOPLE NINA LAS VEGAS – LUCKY GIRL PACES – ZAG TOTAL GIOVANNI – EUPHORIA
BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE, ELECTRONICA OR CLUB SINGLE DOM DOLLA – TAKE IT FISHER – LOSING IT HERMITUDE – STUPID WORLD FEAT. BIBI BOURELLY ODD MOB – INTRINSIC WHAT SO NOT – BEAUTIFUL (FEAT. WINONA OAK)
BEST INDEPENDENT JAZZ ALBUM HARRY JAMES ANGUS – STRUGGLE WITH GLORY JAMES MORRISON/WILLIAM MORRISON/HARRY MORRISON/PATRICK DANAO – MIDNIGHT TILL DAWN JONATHAN ZWARTZ – ANIMARUM MILDLIFE – PHASE BEST INDEPENDENT CLASSICAL ALBUM ACO COLLECTIVE – COLLECTIVE WISDOM GRIGORYAN BROTHERS/ADELAIDE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA/BENJAMIN NORTHEY – BACH CONCERTOS GURRUMUL – DJARIMIRRI NICOLE CAR/AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA/RICHARD TOGNETTI – HEROINES
Focusing on issues that are specifically relevant to the independent music sector, AIR’s Indie-Con Australia conference will be held across Thursday 25 and Friday 26 July at LOT FOURTEEN, Adelaide. The two-day conference will explore synchronisation and music publishing, video and gaming, mental health in the music industry, the future of the label and insights into China. It will also offer opportunities for advancement in professional and business development skills, one-on-one networking with key industry stakeholders and insights into the latest innovations and technological advancements in products, services and strategies. With a complete program to be announced in May, AIR is thrilled to announce Helen Smith, Executive Chair of IMPALA and Mom+Pop co-owner and co-president Thaddeus Rudd as keynote speakers at this year’s conference. Helen Smith’s role at IMPALA has seen her help put thousands of independent companies and artists on the map by leveraging collective strength. In her opening Keynote Helen will address the work of IMPALA and its ongoing efforts to grow the independent music sector, return more value to artists, promote cultural diversity and entrepreneurship, improve political access and modernise perceptions of the music sector. Thaddeus Rudd will present the closing keynote address sharing the story of Mom + Pop and offering insights into the key factors that contributed to the label’s rise to success. Mom+Pop is a New York based independent record label that was founded in 2008. Since its inception the label has released music by a wide variety of artists including Flume, Courtney Barnett, Tash Sultana, Jai Wolf, Alina Baraz and Sunflower Bean.
AIR members will receive complimentary invitations to attend the 2019 Indie-Con Australia conference as well as the AIR Awards. Click hereto find out if you qualify to become an AIR member. General admission tickets are now on sale for the 2019 Indie-Con Australia conference and if you book before 30 April you will enjoy a special early bird rate. Secure your place here to avoid disappointment…
Thanks to the continued support from the South Australian Government, AIR is thrilled to return to the UNESCO City of Music this July in conjunction with its Umbrella: Winter City Sounds and Scouted events.