The National Indigenous Music Awards in partnership with Radio Monitor and the SGC Group have today launched Australia’s very first Indigenous music chart, creating an important year-round impact for the awards and an expanded role in bringing Indigenous music to the front.
The charts will be compiled weekly, creating a list of the most-heard Indigenous songs across Australian radio, including commercial, community, ABC, digital, metro and regional radio stations. With Busby Marou taking out the very first #1 position, the chart also features great tracks from Thelma Plum, Tia Gostelow, Tasman Keith and many other great Australian musicians, showing the depth of Australian Indigenous talent currently on Australia’s airwaves.
“We are very excited to launch a new platform to shine a light on the great achievements of Indigenous music in Australia today,” said National Indigenous Music Awards reference group chair Warren H. Williams. “We hope it will become an important place to recognise the incredible achievements of our musicians and the essential place they hold in the tapestry of Australian music culture.”
The top 10 chart will be released every Friday based on airplay from the previous week and will complement the NIMAs already-strong reputation of recognising quality in Indigenous music, with this new platform to celebrate and enhance popularity. The chart will be available at www.indigenousmusic.com.au as well as other media partners.
“In designing the chart, it was important to us to ensure robust and consistent data and Radio Monitor’s breadth of radio intelligence was the obvious place to start,” said SGC Group’s Stephen Green. “We hope the chart becomes a regular weekly visit for those to whom a quick look at the most popular Indigenous songs in the country could spur them on to give a listen, give support to or go in to bat for amazing music that might not already be on the radar.”
The National Indigenous Music Awards are a yearly event held under the stars at theDarwin Amphitheatre and managed by Music NT along with a national reference group of prominent leaders in Indigenous music.