Congratulations to Tam Boakes
Status of Women Minister Gail Gago has awarded Ms Tam Boakes, a committed advocate of the South Australian live music scene, the 2014 Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award.
Ms Boakes received the award as part of the 2014 Australia Day Awards held at the Crown Plaza Hotel.
Minister Gago said the award, now in its fourth year, recognises the outstanding contribution that women make to the community.
"Ms Boakes is a leader in the South Australian music scene and has worked over many years to create possibilities for emerging musicians by providing a performance venue and nurturing opportunities for artists," Ms Gago said.
"She has remained in South Australia when I'm sure the bigger music industries in other states have beckoned.
"Ms Boakes is the manager of live music venue, Jive, and works tirelessly to ensure the live music scene in South Australia prospers by attracting local, national and international acts.
"This kind of passion for helping members of the community achieve recognition and creating a vibrant live music scene in our city deserves recognition.
"As always, the calibre of nominees this year has been outstanding. It is very encouraging to see how many women are striving to make their community a better place.
"I hope next year will see even more nominations. Simply being nominated for this award can give a woman that extra boost to continue her hard work, knowing that it has been recognised and appreciated by her community.
"Women often go unrecognised for the changes and improvements they bring to their community and don't realise that they are community leaders in many people's eyes."
The Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award is named after an artwork which forms part of the Art Gallery of South Australia's collection by internationally recognised South Australian artist, Ann Newmarch.
For more information visit www.officeforwomen.sa.gov.au.