2019 AIR Award Winners – Photography by Morgan Sette
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2019 AIR Awards Winners Announced!

The 2019 AIR Awards returned to the Adelaide, Australia’s UNESCO designated City of Music last night to celebrate the success of the vibrant Australian Independent Music sector.

The ceremony took place at the iconic Freemasons Halls opening with an official welcome to country and a stunning performance from Mojo Juju. Mojo’s honest performance of her ‘Native Tongue’ single offered a powerful insight into her musicality, spanning a variety of genres including R’n’B, Hip-Hop and Soul and saw her take out this year’s AIR Award for Best Independent Single.

Laura Jean showed off the impressive calibre of talent up for this year’s Best Independent Artist with a spectacular performance of ‘Girls on the TV’, the coveted award went to Courtney Barnett for the second time in her career.

B Wise took home the Best Independent Hip Hop Album for Area Famous and also gave a stunning performance of ‘The Key’; whilst Best Independent Dance, Electronica or Club Single went to What So Not for their track ‘Beautiful (Feat Winona Oak)’; and Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album was awarded to Confidence Man for their aptly titled album Confident Music For Confident People.

Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album went to DZ Deathrays for their Bloody Lovely third album and Best Independent Blues and Roots Album went to Emily Wurramara, for her tribute to family, culture and the land Milyakburra.

Best Independent Jazz Album was awarded to Jonathan Zwartz for his third solo album Animarum, whilst Best Independent Classical Album went to the Grigoryan Brothers/Adelaide Symphony Orchestra/Benjamin Northey for their Bach Concertosnewly arranged for two guitars and orchestra.

G Flip’s performance backed up the international hype around her debut single ‘About You’, following on from her acceptance of the AIR Award for Breakthrough Independent Artist of the Year presented by the PPCA. The Best Independent Album came down to a tie between Courtney Barnett and Gurrumul, for two of this country’s most impressive offerings to date, each in their own right.

The hotly anticipated AIR Award for Best Independent Label recognised the efforts of Chapter Music. Thanks to moshtix; Australia’s most trusted independent ticketing company and supporting partner of the 2019 AIR Awards, Chapter Music received a digital marketing package valued at $20,000 to help showcase their talent to the music public.

Finally, the newest addition to the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award supported by Merlin. This award recognises an individual or group who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the Australian Independent Music Community. This year’s honour went to Gerarda McKenna, Australia’s most recognised Royalty audit and accounting expert. Thanks to the global independent rights agency Merlin, Gerarda received a $5,000 cash prize to be used for further business/professional development.

The evening’s events closed with a fitting performance from Adelaide’s own seven-piece West Thebarton, and it was an honour to have Minister Pisoni, the Minister for Innovation and skills celebrate the event with us. It is thanks to the support from the state Government of South Australia, who through the Music Development Office and the South Australian Tourism Commission is the major sponsor of the AIR Awards and AIR Industry conference, that we are able to host this event to honour Australia’s best independent talent. Minister Pisoni commented, “The Marshall Government is proud to support South Australia’s thriving local music industry, and it’s terrific that Adelaide has played host to the AIR Awards, celebrating Australia’s independent music community.”

AIR GM, Maria Amato commented “It was great to celebrate the success of the Australian Independent music sector in Adelaide, last night. We congratulate all the award recipients and thank the South Australian Government for their continued support as well as our valued supporting partners.”

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