This weekend Darwin will play host to the  National Indigenous Music Awards and we can’t wait to see who takes home an award.

The NIMAS are recognised as one of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous music awards and they have been celebrating Australian music for 11 years!

Performing at this years NIMAS is an amazing lineup including  East Journey ft Yothu Yindi performing ‘The Genesis Project’, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu premiering songs from The Gospel Album, Blekbala Mujik, Frank Yamma, B2M (Bathurst to Melville), The Painted Ladies with members of The Medics and triple J Unearthed winner Zane Francis.

The Live Music Office would like to congratulate all the finalists and wish them all success on the night of the 25th July at the Darwin Amphitheater!

National Artist of the Year

  • Jessica Mauboy
  • Thelma Plum
  • Dan Sultan
  • Briggs

National Song of the Year

  • How Much Does Your Love Cost? – Thelma Plum
  • Young In Love – Thelma Plum
  • Bad Apples – Briggs
  • Dirty Ground – Dan Sultan
  • Black Woman – Emma Donovan

National Album of the Year

  • Sheplife – Briggs
  • Dawn – Emma Donovan and Putbacks
  • Uncle – Frank Yamma
  • The Genesis Project – East Journey featuring Yothu Yindi

National New Talent of the Year

  • Philly
  • Lucky Luke
  • Tjintu Desert Band

National Cover Art of the Year

  • Song of Arnhem Land – East Journey ft Yothu Yindi
  • Cause N Affect – Radical Son
  • Uncle – Frank Yamma
  • Sheplife – Briggs

National Film Clip of the Year

  • Bad Apples – Briggs
  • Song of Arnhem Land (Salas/Moore Mix) – East Journey
  • Human Behaviour – Radical Son
  • Dirty Ground – Dan Sultan
  • Parlingarri – B2M (Bathurst to Melville)

Community Clip of the Year [now National]

  • Breath In, Breath Out: Produced By: Indigenous Hip Hop Projects was proud to partner with Katherine West Health Board and Bulla Camp
  • Got a lot Going On – Yarn Safe: Produced By: Indigenous Hip Hop Projects and Indigenous creative agency Gilimbaa
  • Uncle Alfred’s Mens Group – Spear of Destiny: Produced By: Desert Pea Media
  • Cairns Murri Crew – Built To Last: Produced By: Desert Pea Media
  • Tagai Buway – Two Worlds: Produced By: Desert Pea Media
  • Call On Me: Produced by: Indigenous Hip Hop Projects was proud to partner with Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service and St. Mary’s College


Tickets are available from Darwin Entertainment Centre 

Full Price = $35 | Concession and Groups of 8 or more = $28

Head to or call (08) 8980 3333 to book tickets.

Saturday, July 25 Gates at 6pm – Family-friendly event, kids under 12 free

Bookings in Remote Communities

Through the generous assistance of Outback StoresALPA and Yirrkala, Buku-Larrngay Mulka this year tickets will be available to purchase at community stores.

Yirrkala, Buku-Larrngay Mulka

Outback Stores

  • Nguru-walalja
  • Tennant Creek
  • Mirrniri
  • Nyirripi
  • Canteen Creek
  • Willowra
  • Wetenngerr
  • Ti Tree
  • Mt Liebig
  • Beswick
  • Yimilyumanja
  • Nguiu
  • Ngukurr
  • Yarralin
  • Warmun
  • Wungkul
  • Gulin
  • Ngan jilngurru
  • Dungalan
  • Nitjpurru

ALPA Stores

  • Nganmarriyanga (Palumpa)
  • Nauiyu (Daly River)
  • Pirlangimpi (Garden Point)
  • Goulburn Island (Warruwi)
  • Gunbalanya (Oenpelli)
  • Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island)
  • Gapuwiyak (Lake Evella)
  • Ramingining
  • Milingimbi
  • Numbulwar
  • Umbakumba
  • Kalkaringi
  • Miniyerri (Hodgson Downs)
  • Robinson River
  • Borroloola
  • Minjilang (Croker Island)