The Music Network, an Australian online publication dedicated to the music business, has announced its inaugural awards. Called the TMN Tinnies, they will provide prizes in eight categories, each representing an aspect of the Australian music industry.
“Who doesn’t want to see a tipsy artist manager deliver an unscripted and untelevised acceptance speech?” said Jake Challenor, editor and publisher of TMN. “We think it’s about time that happens. But, really, it’s high time those who are in the trenches get an opportunity to take a bow for their contribution to Australian music.”
The categories to be awarded are:
- Manager of the Year
- Label A&R of the Year
- Publishing A&R of the Year
- Indie Label of the Year
- Music Start-Up of the Year
- Producer of the Year
- Songwriter of the Year
- A&R Artist Development of the Year
In addition, there’s a prize for a commercial radio station that makes the most significant contribution to Australian music.
Nominations were invited from music industry professionals and TMN subscribers. Finalists were revealed on Monday 20 November. The awards, which are invite-only, will be held on Friday 8 December at a secret location in Sydney.
The Music Network is running the TMN Tinnies in partnership with Forbes Street Studios, an independent recording studio based in Woolloomooloo and supported by Universal Music Australia, and Jaden Social, a digital agency that specialises in live music.
Also taking place in December is the second edition of the annual National Live Music Awards (NLMAs). Launched in 2016 by Larry Heath of Heath Media, they’re the only music awards in Australia dedicated exclusively to live performance. There are 20 categories, covering a diverse range of skills and genres, from Live Act of the Year and Best New Act of the Year to Best Live Drummer of the Year and Best Live Country or Folk Act of the Year.