National Indigenous Music Awards postponed due to COVID-19
The National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) have been put on pause as Australia continues to grapple with ongoing COVID restrictions.
Initially scheduled for August 7 at the Darwin Ampitheatre, the physical ceremony is now postponed until further notice, with travel restrictions and the recent lockdowns in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide contributing to the decision.
Organisers are currently working towards scheduling a revised date to hold the awards, and will contact all ticket holders to confirm details about the rescheduled event or issue refunds.
NIMA creative director Ben Graetz said that postponing the ceremony was necessary to make sure the awards would properly reflect the achievement of First Nations artists.
“It is unfortunate yet the best choice for all our artists and community that we move this year’s event to ensure the night celebrates togetherness,” Graetz said.
“Community support and ticket sales have never been higher than this year and it is clear that First Nations artists have never had more to celebrate.
“We look forward to having the opportunity to honour the incredibly talented artists who have contributed to putting First Nations music on the world stage at a later date in 2021.”
This year’s NIMA nominees include The Kid LAROI, Sycco, Baker Boy, JK-47, Miiesha and Birdz.