Courtney Barnett and Gurrumul Lead Nominations For Australia's 2019 Independent Music Awards

Courtney Barnett
Pooneh Ghana

Courtney Barnett

With three nominations each, Courtney Barnett and Gurrumul lead the way heading into the 13th AIR Music Awards, the annual celebration of Australia’s independent music community, due to take place July 25 in Adelaide.

Barnett’s up for best independent artist, her sophomore set Tell Me How You Really Feel (Milk!/Remote Control) is in the running for best independent album or EP and its lead track "Nameless, Faceless" is a chance for best independent single. The Melbourne-based singer and songwriter should go into the event with some confidence, knowing she won those same three categories at the 2015 edition.

Meanwhile, Gurrumul earns posthumous nods for best independent artist, and his ARIA chart-topping, Australian Music Prize-winning final album Djarimirri (Skinnyfish) is up for best independent album or EP and best independent classical album.

There are multiple nominations for electronic duo Confidence Man, rising indigenous star Emily Wurramara, and folk artist Laura Jean, who faces off against pop-rock outfit Methyl Ethel, Sydney-based singer and songwriter Julia Jacklin, Barnett and Gurrumul for best independent artist honors, the night’s top prize.

Winners will be announced by the Australian Independent Record Labels Association during a ceremony at Adelaide’s Freemasons Hall.

Trade body AIR organizes the awards and the Indie-Con Australia Conference, which this year will be held July 25 and 26 at Adelaide’s Lot Fourteen.

Impala’s executive chair Helen Smith, a tireless champion of the indie sector, joins Mom+Pop co-owner and co-president Thaddeus Rudd as keynote speakers at this year’s summit, the complete program for which will be published in May.

Visit for the full list of award nominations and for more on the annual Indie-Con Australia conference.