Wednesday the 26th of October was the Australian Independent Music Awards. The awards had 12 times the amount of entries as the Aria awards, and the awards event at the Enmore Theatre, Sydney was a sell out with 1600 people attending.
Founded to help ‘recognise, expose and support independent Australian musicians’, the AIMAs is run by The Musicoz Foundation whose mission is to have more songs locally written, produced, performed and listened to.
Past winners have included current Australian music stars such as Bluejuice, Bliss N Eso, The Jezabels, Cog and Dallas Frasca.
The major ‘Artist of the Year’ award was won by Sydney-based musician Emma Mullings, who released her debut EP, ‘Skinny Roads’, earlier this year.
GRANDHOUR won the award for ‘BEST ROCK ARTIST’ – a much appreciated recognition of the years of hard work, personal sacrifice and attention to detail that has gone into the making of their debut album.
The award for Best Rock Artist was presented by Sarah McLeod from the Superjesus & Mark Alexander-Erber, CEO of Golden Robot Records.
Other winners included Bozza (Urban), Esther Sparkes (Dance / Electronica) and PLGRMS (Alternative), Mischief (Pop), Cornstalk (Blues & Roots) & Peta Evens-Taylor (Live).