NEW PROJECT TO DEVELOP ABORIGINAL MUSIC CAREERS22.05.2014
The NSW Government will provide $65,000 to discover, support and nurture the careers of Aboriginal musicians across New South Wales.
Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, said the new project will be developed by APRA AMCOS for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songwriters and musicians in NSW.
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians are increasingly gaining international recognition for their work, but there are still challenges to overcome for many Aboriginal musicians,” Mr Grant said.
“There’s no reason why Aboriginal musicians from NSW can’t emulate the success of musicians such as Dan Sultan, Gurrumul, The Last Kinection and Jessica Mauboy – who performed to an estimated global audience of 125 million as part of Eurovision earlier this week.
“This funding will help APRA AMCOS encourage Aboriginal musicians from four regional areas and one urban area to develop their skills, promote their work and access mainstream music markets.
“The NSW Government is supporting the growth of a vibrant and sustainable arts sector which reflects the diversity of, and is accessible to, the broader community,” Mr Grant said.
APRA AMCOS CEO, Brett Cottle, said this project will allow artists to expand their work in NSW.
“Our Music Office works incredibly hard in supporting musical development in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.
“Mentoring and developing song-writing skills early on is key for building the knowledge and confidence needed to pursue a sustainable music career. We are thrilled to partner with the NSW Government on this latest project,” Mr Cottle said.
The Aboriginal music development project will include:
- Community consultation to identify key Aboriginal music hotspots for development
- Workshops in the identified areas on different skills for musical development
- Mentoring and ongoing development for three artists
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello said the support given to APRA AMCOS would bolster opportunities for talented Aboriginal musicians to gain mainstream exposure both in Australia and internationally.
“Music is an integral part of Aboriginal culture and identity, and it is a medium through which we tell the story of Australia’s First People.
“We know the number of international tourists seeking an Indigenous experience is increasing and we have a wealth of Aboriginal musicians who, through their music, can serve as ambassadors to promote our amazing Indigenous culture.
“I look forward to seeing the next Mr Yunupingu, Christine Anu or Troy Cassar-Daley supported to realise their dreams through this important project,” Mr Dominello said.
Songwriter and performer, Jessica Mauboy, has praised the new program’s focus on developing creative and industry skills in regional areas.
“I am thrilled APRA AMCOS and the NSW Government are running this project for Aboriginal musicians.
“It’s great regional areas are being targeted; they often don’t get the same opportunities as people in the city. This project will build confidence in young musicians and that’s key to writing a song, getting up on stage and being heard,” she said.
APRA AMCOS has over 87,000 members who are songwriters, composers and music publishers. APRA AMCOS licenses organisations to play, perform, copy, record or make available its members’ music, and distributes the royalties to its members. For more information, visit www.apra-amcos.com.au