Australian Folk Music Awards

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16 June 2021
MEDIA RELEASE
The Inaugural Australian Folk Music Awards (AFMAs)
Folk Alliance Australia today announces the launch of The AFMAs, the Australian Folk Music Awards a new National Awards program for the folk music sector.
Full information at:- www.folkalliance.org.au/afmas

FAA President Keith Preston in making the announcement today noted that folk music covers a lot of musical ground ranging from World & Ethnic, Roots, Americana, Bush, Celtic, acoustic blues and many acoustic styles, both traditional and contemporary. The Folk music scene is comprised of many communities and brings this richness to the musical diversity that is folk music. Folk music and traditional music is the ground spring of many contemporary music genres with many talented artists, organisations, communities and cultures represented.  We have over fifty Australian folk festivals which are vibrant parts of city and especially regional arts and culture scenes giving them their creative identities and involvement with music and the arts.
We invite nominations from artists, performers, venues, festivals, projects to showcase and highlight the talent of the Australian folk music scene.
The AFMA awards will celebrate and recognise the musical and cultural talent, vibrancy, richness, diversity and community nature of the Australian Folk Music sector and will be presented at a live-streamed Live Music Awards Concert/Gala event at The Lion Arts Centre, Adelaide on Thursday 14 October as a lead in event to the Fleurieu Folk Festival.
At the inaugural AFMAs eight (8) Awards will be presented in 2021:-
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
Industry/Community Awards
Folk Community/Cultural Project of The Year
Youth Artist of the Year
Contribution to Folk

The aim of the Australian Folk Music Awards are to:-
•    Create a National Folk Awards Scheme for the Australian Folk Music Sector/Community.
•    Raise the profile of Australian folk music.
•    Acknowledge, recognize and celebrate national achievements of the folk music sector.
•    Benefit Australian folk music artists to gain recognition and to build their profile and careers.
•    Involve and engage the wide diversity of Australian folk genres in the AFMA Awards.
•    Raise the profile of Folk Alliance Australia as a national organisation for folk music.

NOMINATIONS
AFMA Nominations  are On-line and nominations open on 16 June  and close  on 31 July
For nominate or more information  visit  www.folkalliance.org.au/afmas
Media enquiries:- Keith Preston afmas@folkalliance.org.au Mob 0418 839 264

Pam Merrigan
About Pam Merrigan 3 Articles
Currently President, FFNSW. Previously Artistic and Managing Director National Folk Festival (8yrs). Experienced Artistic Director with a demonstrated history of working in the festival and music events industry. Skilled in Event & Festival Management, Social Media, and Music Industry. Worked successfully with a broad range of individuals, groups and organisations as curator, creative facilitator, performer and arts administrator. Strong arts and professional music background with a life long and passionate engagement with the folk arts in all their diverse forms. Performed in folk and trad. music bands including Coolfinn Mac, Coast Ceili Band, Bush Bandicoots (twice winners of National Battle of the Bush Bands, Tamworth Country Music Festival) and, Rum Culls. 20 years in music education both at secondary level and free-lance. Holds a MMus degree (UNSW).

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