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2024 Art Music Awards

The annual Art Music Awards are presented by APRA AMCOS in conjunction with the Australian Music Centre (AMC) to recognise achievement in the composition, performance, education, and presentation of Australian music.

Art Music covers activity across contemporary classical music, contemporary jazz, improvised music, experimental music, and sound art.

FAQs

What is Indigenous Cultural Content?

Indigenous Cultural Content consists of information contained in tangible and non-tangible forms of cultural expression used to communicate cultural preservation, artistic expression, political self-determination, and cultural sovereignty. Indigenous content can be non-textual in nature and covers information contained in Indigenous stories, dances, songs, ceremonies, language, history and other forms of heritage and property.

Indigenous Cultural Content is specific to people, place, and culture. Protocols and processes surrounding the use of Indigenous Cultural Content may vary across different cultures, tribes, and clan groups. There is no one size fits all policy that can be recommended, and it is imperative that the owners of cultural content are consulted, and that their rights are recognised and respected.

We support the rights of Indigenous people from around the world in making self-determined decisions regarding the definition of what Indigenous Cultural Content is, how it is used, when it can be used, who uses it and why it is used. Please contact the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Music office if you have any questions at [email protected]

What is ICIP?

Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) refers to the rights that Indigenous people have and want to have, to protect their cultural heritage. ICIP is a living heritage comprising of all objects, sites, stories, images, knowledge, and other content which has been, or continues to be transmitted from generation to generation by a particular Indigenous group or its territory. ICIP can also be referred to as “Cultural Heritage”.

For more information on ICIP, please visit Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) - Arts Law Centre of Australia

We support the rights of Indigenous people from around the world in making self-determined decisions regarding the definition of what Indigenous Cultural & Intellectual Property is, how it is used, when it can be used, who uses it and why it is used. Please contact the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Music office if you have any questions at [email protected]

How should I demonstrate support, permissions and, evidence of consultation from the correct owners of Indigenous Cultural Content used or referenced within my works?

When Indigenous Cultural Content from outside of one’s own cultural heritage and background, it is required that appropriate support and permissions are confirmed, obtained, and demonstrated. Forms of supporting documentation include:

  • Written confirmation from the appropriate individuals, communities or representatives demonstrating agreements surrounding the use of Indigenous content made between all the owners of the content, and music creators. Written confirmation should include names and contact details of the owners/custodians of the Indigenous Cultural Content being used.
  • For works where involved Indigenous Cultural Content is not specific to a particular community or, does not involve a real-life story or depictions of culturally specific material, a written statement should demonstrate:
    • What research has been done?
    • What action/s has been undertaken to date?
    • What consultation is proposed?
    • Supporting evidence should include a statement of commitment that any new works created by non-Indigenous artists featuring Indigenous Cultural Content will be registered with appropriate rights attributions prior to public performance or release.

For example, a music creator may wish to compose a new work which uses culturally significant melodies and words from a particular cultural group of which the composer does not belong to. The music creator may have a relationship with the Indigenous custodians/owners of cultural content they wish to incorporate into their new work. In this case, it is important that the music creator clearly demonstrates that they have acquired permissions to create a new work or arrangement that will include elements of, or references to the Indigenous Cultural Content from the correct Cultural custodians/owners. The music creator should also explain how the custodians/owners will be accredited for their knowledge/work, and how they work with the custodians/owners to protect the work.

We support the rights of Indigenous people from around the world in making self-determined decisions regarding the implementation of culturally safe and respectful processes which are required to clearly demonstrate confirmation, support, and agreements for the use of their Indigenous Cultural Content. Please contact the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Music office if you have any questions at [email protected]

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