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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office announces $100,000 Sustainability Fund recipients

Media Published Wednesday 26 August 2020
Emma Donovan, Chris Tamwoy, Miiesha & Zaachariaha Fielding are some of the 50 recipients of a Sustainability grant from the APRA AMCOS' Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office

50 x $2,000 grants awarded

Recipients include Chris Tamwoy, Miiesha, TRIALS, Joe Geia, Emma Donovan, Zaachariaha Fielding, Deline Briscoe and Allara

Made possible as a project assisted by the Australian Government


A talented and diverse group of fifty music creators from across Australia are the recipients of APRA AMCOS' Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office's $100,000 Sustainability Fund, a project funded by the Australian Government.

The purpose of the one-time $2,000 grant is to provide financial support to songwriter and composer members whose livelihoods have been significantly impacted by recent events, and enable them to create and sustain career development during the COVID-19 crisis.

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the funding will provide important support for contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songwriters and creators.

“The Australian Government is proud to provide these grants that will see First Nations songwriters supported so that they can continue to share their exceptional creative talent and culture. This will help to sustain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creators and is in recognition of the vital contribution they make to the Australian music industry.”

Leah Flanagan, National Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office, said, "Right now, we need to be bold in our support of Australia's first storytellers. These cash grants are vital to music creators at a time when income sources – particularly from live – have evaporated, as have many other artistic opportunities.

"I'd like to congratulate all of the recipients and extend a wholehearted thank you to all who applied and shared their stories."

With recipients coming from all states and territories, across metro, regional and remote communities, and working in a wide range of genres spanning country, electronic, metal, classical, hip-hop and beyond, the list showcases the incredible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent in contemporary music. Full list below.

In addition to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office's Sustainability Fund, APRA AMCOS' general Sustainability Fund has awarded two rounds of $2,000 grants to 325 songwriter and composer members.

The Sustainability Fund is an initiative led by APRA Board Chair Jenny Morris and her board colleagues in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund's aim is to provide financial support that allows members to continue to create new work and sustain career development.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office Sustainability Fund recipients:

  • Adam James
  • Allara Pattison (Allara)
  • Amanda Davis (Mindy Kwanten & Bow and Arrow)
  • Amy Dowd (Bumpy & Squid Nebula)
  • Andrew Craker
  • Bart Willoughby (No Fixed Address /Mixed Relations /The Bart Willoughby Band)
  • Brenda Gifford
  • Brian Lloyd (Bryte)
  • Bunna Lawrie (Coloured Stone)
  • Christine Anu
  • Chris Tamwoy
  • Jon Vea Vea
  • Dallas Woods
  • Daniel Rankine (TRIALS)
  • Daniel Riches (The Struggling Kings)
  • Danielle Teveluwe
  • Danzal Baker (Baker Boy)
  • Deline Briscoe
  • Duke Bailey (Duke Box)
  • Eleanor Dixon (Kardajala Kirridarra)
  • Emma Councillor (Emma Donovan)
  • Garth Edwards (JPoint)
  • Gavin McLean (Demo Gubbz)
  • Glenn Skuthorpe
  • Jamie Ramzan
  • Jeremy Whiskey
  • Joe Geia
  • Kevin Bennett (Kevin Bennett and The Flood)
  • Kiwat Kennell (Key Hoo)
  • Kristel Kickett (The Merindas)
  • Kutcha Edwards
  • Lann Levinge
  • Marcus Corowa
  • Marlene Cummins
  • Miiesha Young (Miiesha)
  • Mi-kaisha Masella
  • Naarah Shaye Barnes (Naarah)
  • Nancy Bates
  • Naomi Wenitong (The Last Kinection)
  • Nathan May
  • Patrick Mau (Mau Power)
  • Ricky Harrison (Ricky Harrison/No Fixed Address)
  • Rochelle Pitt
  • Buddy Knox
  • Shannon Williams (BrothaBlack)
  • Sonya Holowell
  • Sue Ray
  • Tamara Williams (Tamwah)
  • Thomas Avery (blakboi)
  • Zaachariaha Fielding (Electric Fields)