The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) held their 9th annual Libera Awards digitally today, out of New York City. The event, recognised as the largest Independent music award show in the world, capped off days of panels and one-on-one meetings as part of A2IM Indie Week, which moved onto a digital platform for the 2020 event. Over the course of the week, supported by Sounds Australia, 25 Australian professionals braved the time zones and actively participated in the virtual edition.

Sounds Australia wishes to congratulate the Australian artists who won at the awards:

Julia Jacklin took home Best Folk / Bluegrass album for Crushing (Polyvinyl Record Co.) and also performed the incredible ‘Don’t Know How To Keep Loving You’ as part of the award ceremony, which also included performances from the likes of Orville Peck (who won best Country Album and Breakthrough Artist/Release) and Wyclef Jean, who closed out the night.

Julia Jacklin has appeared at a number of Sounds Australia events including THE AUSSIE BBQ at SXSW, Liverpool Sound City and Sound Gallery @ Komedia at The Great Escape all in 2016.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard won Best Metal Album for Infest The Rats’ Nest (ATO Records). They performed at the 2014 Canadian Music Week THE AUSSIE BBQ, at the iconic Horseshoe Tavern, alongside the likes of You Am I. They were also nominated in the Best Outlier Album category for Fishing For Fishies.

Amyl and the Sniffers won Best Punk / Emo Album for Amyl and The Sniffers (ATO Records), who performed with us in the UK at THE AUSSIE BBQ in London and Brighton’s The Great Escape, as well as The Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg in 2018.

We’d also like to congratulate the managers of the winning acts and acknowledge their tireless work for their artists – Alistair Burns (Julia Jacklin), Andrew Parisi & Simone Ubaldi (Amyl & The Sniffers) and Eric Moore (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard).

These amazing Australian acts joined an impressive list of winners which included Mavis Staples, Sudan Archives, Weyes Blood, Fontaines D.C. and IDLES.

Although they didn’t receive an award (this time), it was fantastic to see Alex Cameron and Courtney Barnett nominated, further demonstrating the depth and talent of Australian music right now.

For the full list of winners and more details about the Libera Awards, head to

The hard-working people who provide the soundtrack to Australian life need your help, right now.

Sound Of Silence (SOS) is a national initiative from a Music Industry Taskforce* that represent our diverse music industry to bring immediate relief for an industry at the existential brink.

Through a raft of targeted activity, we hope to alleviate the severe hemorrhaging of income that has come with widespread cancellations of festivals, concerts, shows and local gigs.

The music industry and those at its peripheries cannot survive without an alternative source of revenue that has disappeared along with live shows, a figure that has literally gone from 100 to zero in under a week.

The workers in our industry live from gig to gig. Shows are their lifeblood and it will take more than the containment of COVID19 to return them to economic stability. The ramifications are far-reaching and seriously long-term.

The music industry has historically banded together to donate time and money to those in need, as seen recently with bushfire relief efforts – it is always there to lend a helping hand. Now it needs the Australian music-loving public to do the same.

This is a real and present crisis, and this is a very real SOS.

If we don’t act now the soundtrack to Aussie life will stop and all we will hear is the sound of silence.


Visit and if you are in a financial position to do so, please donate to Support Act – which is a music charity that provides crisis relief services to artists, roadies and music workers who are directly affected during this time.

● In the absence of touring, merchandise is the most instant investment you can make into any artists career, you can support by visiting any number of the artists stores directly through the store links on the SOS online superstore, or create an equally lasting connection by purchasing the Sound Of Silence, special custom tee designed by Jack Irvine (Billie Eilish, Skeggs) with all proceeds going to Support Act.

● Consider donating your refunds for cancelled shows or a portion of your refund to the venue or Support Act via Sound of Silence (SOS).

● Hang onto your tickets for rescheduled dates. By keeping your ticket, you keep funds in the industry when it is most needed. It also means the artists don’t have to start their marketing campaign all over again therefore saving money and resources in promoting the shows.

● Keep streaming and buying Australian music and merchandise – directly from artist websites, through local record stores (online), Bandcamp, Patreon or via your favourite streaming services – Spotify and Apple.

● Spread the word – contact your preferred radio station and ask them to play your favourite Aussie artists or write a letter to your local MP.

● Message your favourite musician or venue and offer moral support. Or ‘Pay It Forward’ and buy a gift voucher for your favorite artist at their favorite rehearsal, recording or production studio.

● If you know any workers affected by the recent event cancellations and postponements, check that they are aware of I Lost My Gig. The latest figures compiled by (ILMG) continue the alarming trend in lost income for the creative industries. Reported losses now top $200 million reported in just 5 days while reported people directly affected in the industry sits at over 400,000.

● And most importantly, when we are able to gather en masse again and share in the power of the live experience, please buy tickets to gigs and go and see your favourite acts.

If you’ve been personally affected by this crisis, you can always talk to Lifelife Australia on 13 11 14 or online at

*Music Industry Taskforce:

● AAM – Association of Artist Managers
● ABC – Australian Broadcasting Corporation
● AEG Presents
● AFA – Australian Festivals Association
● Apple
● AIR – Australian Independent Record Labels Association
● AMIN – Australian Music Industry Network
● APRA AMCOS – Australian Performing Rights Association
● Architects of Entertainment
● ARIA – Australian Recording Industry Association
● ATSI Music Office
● Bar Open
● Bolster
● Chugg Entertainment
● Comes With Fries
● CrewCare
● EMC – Electronic Music Conference
● Ferris Davies PRM
● Frontier Touring
● Illusive Presents
● Jonathan Seidler
● Live Music Office
● Live Nation
● LPA – Live Performance Australia
● Morning Belle
● Moshtix
● Mushroom Group
● Music ACT
● Music Australia
● Music NSW
● Music NT
● Music SA
● Music Tasmania
● Music Victoria
● Nova Entertainment
● Q Music
● Secret Sounds
● Select Music
● SGC Music
● Sounds Australia
● Spotify
● Support Act
● Ticketek
● Ticketmaster
● triple j
● UNIFIED Music Group
● VMDO – Victorian Music Development Office
● WAM – West Australian Music