The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office(NATSIMO), in partnership with the Australian Guild of Screen Composers(AGSC), is excited to announce the 2021 NATSIMO Screen Composer Intensive, aone-of-a-kind professional opportunity in screen composing for an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander composer.
Expressions of Interest are now open for eligible APRA AMCOS members based in New South Wales. Submissions close at 11:59pm AEST, Friday 30 July.
The initiative aims to create a pathway to employment opportunities as a screen composer for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander music creators, and is supported by APRA AMCOS and Create NSW.
Sonar Music, Church Street Studios and Jigsaw Music, and with the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), to expand on their songwriting and composing skills and experience.
The aim of this intensive is to gain exposure to the key practices of screen composing and be immersed in production settings to observe and engage in the day-to-day practices at a number of partner screen music facilities.
“NATSIMO has been engaging with the AGSC and Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department to explore the many reasons for a lack of representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander composers working across the screen sector.
"The insight we have gained from the generosity of many screen sector professionals and from consulting with our members is currently being formulated into a wider strategy to develop and advocate for more education, training and employment opportunities for our composers,” said Leah Flanagan, Director, NATSIMO.
"NATSIMO and the AGSC have been working together since last year to find ways of creating pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders composers to enter the world of screen composition. For too long, there has been a lack of visibility of Indigenous composers and musicians, who account for less than 1% of all screen composers nationally," said Dale Cornelius, AGSC Board Director & Chair of Education Committee and AGSC Executive Director Annie Parnell.
"By listening to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander composers and musicians talking about their requirements, conducting research in conjunction with Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department, and finding support from fellow screen industry professionals, we are now so incredibly proud to announce the inaugural NATSIMO Screen Composer Intensive.
"This is one of many first steps toward a greater diversity within the screen composition sector, as well as having culturally authentic voices for Australian stories."
The intensive will commence from mid-September, and will be mentored by award-winning screen composer, songwriter and APRA AMCOS board director Amanda Brown.