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New Australian Folk Music Awards

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Folk Alliance Australia (FAA) has announced the launch of the Australian Folk Music Industry Awards in 2021

In a newsletter to members, FAA last week advised of the proposed Australian Folk Music Industry Awards to take place this year, and are seeking feedback on how best to recognise the achievements of the folk music industry nationally through this mechanism.

Here’s the announcement:

“Folk Alliance Australia believes that Folk Music needs to have a higher profile in the national Music and Arts industries. For this reason we will present the inaugural national Australian Folk Music Industry Awards in 2021.

We will release details of these awards in March and entries will open in May. A National Folk Awards event will be staged live and livestreamed nationally in October.

The Categories and Awards are being finalized over the next two months  as well as the conditions of entry/nomination and shortlisting. We will be looking  to bring in Panelists/ Peers and Folk Industry experts who wish to participate in the  shortlisting/voting component and support this important Folk Music project.

The aim of the Australian Folk Music Awards is to raise the profile of the folk music industry, bring diverse genres together and promote our current and emerging artists. We will celebrate our diversity, achievements, our musical quality and the wellsprings of traditions and community that give rise to the folk genre that is Australian Folk.

We welcome your thoughts at this point in time. Please send any comments or input through to president@folkalliance.org.au

About FAA

Folk Alliance Australia is the peak national body representing folk cultural activity and the folk industry of Australia. It is a membership organisation that provides an information resource and networking, showcase and professional development opportunities for the Australian folk community.

Folk Alliance Australia is an incorporated not-for-profit association, with a volunteer board of management.

Its aim is to:

  • provide a forum for folk activity practitioners and organisers that encourages networking, information sharing, fellowship, training and support
  • lobby on behalf of folk activity practitioners and organisers to represent them in any forum that affects the operation and future of folk activity at a national level
  • promote Australian folk activities to overseas and domestic markets
  • provide resources to aid the development and improvement of folk activities in Australia

The FAA already recognises emerging talent through its Youth Folk Music Awards.

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