Australian Folk Music Awards (AFMAs)
The AFMAs are a project of Folk Alliance Australia www.folkalliance.org.au established to recognize and celebrate the musical and cultural talent, vibrancy, diversity and community nature of the Australian Folk Music sector. Folk Alliance Australia (FAA) is a not-for-profit incorporated organization.
AFMAs AWARD PRESENTATION EVENT
The AFMA’s will be presented on THURSDAY 14th OCTOBER 2021 7.30pm EST at Nexus Arts – Lion Arts Centre, Adelaide as a Live Concert Awards Night and free to access Livestreamed event.
The Awards Event will feature, Indigenous Welcome, Live Music performances, Awards Finalists and Winners Presentations, guest interstate artists and will be hosted by leading Folk-Roots artists. The AFMA’s will be a lead-in event to the 2021 Fleurieu Folk Festival (SA)
AIMS OF AFMAs
The aims of the Australian Folk Music Awards are to:-
• Create a National Folk Awards Scheme for the Australian Folk Music sector.
• Raise the profile of Australian folk music in the public arena and music and arts industry.
• Acknowledge and recognise national achievements of the folk music sector.
• Establish Awards that benefit Australian folk artists to gain recognition and build their profile and careers.
• Involve and engage the wide diversity of Australian folk genres.
• Raise the profile of Folk Alliance Australia as a national organisation for folk music.
DEFINITION OF ‘FOLK’ MUSIC
Folk Music is music or music/cultural practice that is linked to a historical tradition, heritage and/or community. It is recognized as coming from diverse cultural communities. Folk music can be traditional (handed down through the oral and folk traditions) or contemporary (with interpretations or creativity based on such traditions)
AFMAs – JUDGING & ASSESSMENT
- Panel Judges – Judges are selected by FAA from members, networks, nominations or recommendations and are drawn from people with a direct involvement in the diverse folk music sector including artists, practitioners, festival organisers, venue, organizations, media and activists.
- Judges do not need to be members of FAA.
- Each AFMA award will have five panelists one of whom is an FAA Board member. A panelist may adjudicate in more than one category.
- (Artist Awards) Panel Judges will select the five AFMA Finalists as well as vote for the Award Winner.
- The identity of AFMA Panel Judges will not be disclosed in order to minimize lobbying or communication. Judges are required to disclose any Conflict of Interest.
- The results from the Judging Panels are final and no correspondence will be entered into. We welcome expressions of interest from any credentialled persons wishing to be included in future judging panels of the AFMAs.
NOMINATING FOR AN AFMA
- Each AFMA Award has it’s own Conditions and processes for Nomination. Please read the information for each Award.
- You may nominate in more than one category.
- A separate fee will apply for EACH nomination where fees are applicable.
- The AFMA Online Nomination Form must be used for each submission. All questions must be completed with strict word limits where requested. No hard copy nominations will be accepted.
- Applications will be required to submit short Biographies, Links to support material such as music/video and a photograph as well as reason for nomination is required.
- Nominations open in June 2021. The deadline for Nominations is 12:00 midnight Saturday 31st July 2021.
- Incomplete nominations will not be accepted. Late entries will not be accepted.
- You do not need to be a member of FAA to be nominated or to be a nominee. Details of the nominating person must be supplied on the entry form. You can self nominate.
- Nominated artists/persons who are under the age of 18 years will require signed parental or guardian consent.
- Nominated artists/persons need to be an Australian Permanent Resident or Citizen.
- Selected Finalists may be required to submit further information, images, sound files or video as needed for the Awards Presentation Event.
Five of the Artist Awards will incur a $25 nomination fee (which contributes to AFMA administration and AFMA Award Event costs) Fees are non-refundable.
Nomination Fees will apply for the following Artist Awards :-
- Folk Album of the Year – Traditional
- Folk Album of the Year – Contemporary
- Folk Artist of the year – Solo
- Folk Act of the year – Duo/Group/Ensemble
- People’s Choice Award
A separate nomination fee will apply for each nomination where fees are applicable
There is no cost to nominate for the two Industry Awards or for the Youth Act of The Year Award.
ANNOUNCEMENTS OF AFMA AWARD FINALISTS & WINNERS
- Finalists will be announced on 1st September (Nominees will be advised at this time)
- Award Winners/Recipients will be announced at the AFMA Awards Event on Thursday 14 October 7.30pm EST at the AFMA Awards Night which will be livestreamed from the Lion Arts Centre Adelaide.
- Attendance at the AFMAs will be by invitation unless otherwise arranged. Some public tickets will be made available.
- A special AFMA Award Plaque with the name of the winner will be mailed to or presented to each AFMA award winner.
KEY DATES 2021
- Entries Open June 2021
- Entries Close Saturday 31st July
- Finalists announced Wednesday 1st September
- Awards Event Thursday 14 October @ 7.30pm EST at Nexus Arts, Lion Arts Centre Adelaide, SA. (details of concert artists and schedule tba)
AFMA ENQUIRIES & INFORMATION:
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Applications for awards have closed.