What are the NLMAs?

The National Live Music Awards (NLMAs) are a broad recognition of Australia’s diverse and successful live industry, celebrating the diversity and success of the Australian live scene – recognising the best vocal talents and musicians alongside the best venues, events and festivals.

The awards contain both national and state focused categories, voted on by the live industry (including fellow musicians, media, venues, bookers), with select public voted categories. The national awards will be revealed at a gala event, while the State and Territory awards will be revealed at satellite events in their respective capital cities. The first annual event was held on 29th November 2016, and the second annual event will be held in late 2017.

Rag n’ Bone vocalist Keira Owen takes home the WA Best Voice award. Photo by Sarah Green.

The awards fill a gap in Australia, which does not have an entire awards show dedicated to contemporary live music. Considering live performance is now the most significant revenue stream for many Australian artists, and with the contemporary live music industry worth billions, this is a side of the industry that we believe deserves the focus, just as recorded sales, songwriting credits and radio play do in other award shows around the country.

Gang of Youths win NSW Live Act of the Year. Photo by Nathan Atkins.

Who is behind the awards?

The National Live Music Awards are being run under the vision of Event Director Larry Heath of Heath Media, who previously ran the AU Live Music Awards in 2014 and 2015. This event is an evolution of the successes of these events, with the objective to make the NLMAs bigger, better and more widely accessible than what came before.

Decisions for the NLMAs, such as the delegation of our elected judging panel, are made by 11 Board Members, who represent different areas of the music industry around the country. This includes music bodies like APRA and Q Music alongside venue & festival bookers, artist managers, media and musicians themselves.

Board Members:
Damian Cunningham (Audience and Sector Development Director, Live Music Office)
Dean Ormston (Head of Member Services, APRA AMCOS)
Emma Coyle (Industry Development Manager, Music SA)
Emily Collins (Executive Officer, Music NSW)
Joel Edmondson (Executive Officer, Q Music)
Kate Hennessy (Arts Writer and Music Critic)
Katie Noonan (Musician)
Laura Harper (Chief Executive Officer, Music Tasmania)
Mike Harris (CEO, WAM)
Paris Martine (Contrary Music)
Simon Collins (Music Editor, The West Australian)

Who is eligible to be nominated for the awards?

If you or your band have played a concert in Australia between 1st October 2016 and 30th September 2017, you’re eligible for nomination in the National Live Music Awards. Music venues who have been active during this period, as well as music festivals that have taken place between these dates, will also be eligible for their respective awards. There will be a formal submission process for the awards announced shortly.