The inaugural Australian Women In Music Awards is kicking off this October in Brisbane and nominations for the event are now open.

The 14 categories will acknowledge and celebrate "first nations and multicultural performers, excellence in artistry, technical and production skills, cross-cultural development, song-writing, music education, music photography, management, humanitarian work and more."

These include the Lifetime Achievement Award, Educator Award, Diversity in Music Award, Auriel Andrews Memorial Award, Studio Production Award, Live Production Award, Music Leadership Award, Songwriter Award, Breakthrough Artist Award, Music Photographer Award, Film-maker Award, Artistic Excellence Award, Creative Leadership Award and Musical Excellence.

"I’ve wanted to do this for the last 30 years but in terms of really putting some muscle in, it all started three years ago," AWMA Founding Director Vicki Gordon told The Music at the award's launch event in March.

"There’s a magic in the air, this is an opportunity to honour the woman that have come before us that we’ve not had a chance to previously."

"The music industry is clearly a male-dominated one and I urge women to seize this opportunity to showcase their industry worth, not only for those talented women on stage but also the many skilled ones behind the scenes," said Queensland Minister for Women Di Farmer about the AWMAs. 

"These awards are not just about picking up prizes – they also shine a light on the depth of female talent in the industry."

Nominations close at midnight on 12 July 2018; head here for more info and to nominate.