The ARMAs were conceptualised as a means of rewarding musicians purely for their music. We are not concerned with career status.
The ARMA’s are solely dedicated to supporting – and promoting – Australian roots music. Embracing the roots genre and the skilled musicians from its craft, the Australian Roots Music Awards (ARMA) will be held  in Nimbin this September. Designed to celebrate the finest musicians in the styles of Folk, Americana, early blues, alt country, Australiana and bluegrass music, musicians are now being encouraged to enter to be part of Australia’s only roots-focused awards.
the ARMAs will work hand-in-hand with  the Nimbin Roots Festival. Nimbin Roots Festival features a plethora of local, nation wide and unique up and coming roots musicians. The winners of the awards will be announced during a special gala ceremony at the festival – which runs from 15-17 September 2016, the ARMA winners will be judged by a panel of Australian music industry professionals.

The awards will be judged by an esteemed panel of industry professionals: Stuart Coupe (journalist/author/editor/manager/record label director/radio presenter/publicist/tour promoter), Anthony Lycenko (Record producer/audio engineer), Rod McCormack (Record producer/musician), Dan Rennie (Radio presenter) and Polly Coufos (Music reviews, The Australian). Judges will select music under three categories – best song, best EP and best album.
 All profits will go to the Nimbin Indigenous Cultural centre.