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First Sounds: First Nations artists making tracks

6 Nov

The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) and First Nations Media Australia (FNMA) just announced First Sounds,  a new and unique initiative to get more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists heard across Australian radio airwaves.

First Sounds is a special collaborative undertaking broadening the reach of Indigenous heritage, history and culture and supporting the burgeoning First Nations music industry.

A series of music compilations curated by FNMA’s indigiTUBE with a select panel of First Nations individuals, First Sounds focusses on developing more awareness of regional, remote and city-living Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and the songs and stories they have to share. First Sounds also ensures new and emerging First Nations artists have a clear pathway to develop an audience through community radio, which in turn develops momentum for artists to continue writing, recording and performing in their early stages.

The compilations will be distributed Australia-wide by the CBAA’s Australian Music Airplay Project (Amrap) to the community radio network. Now with over 450 stations and 6 million listeners each week, Amrap has been intrumental in increasing the percentage of Australian music (currently 37%) played on community radio, the natural home for new and emerging Australian music to be heard.

Groote Eylandt singer-songwriter Emily Wurramara is one First Nations artist who found community radio crucial to their career pathway:

“This is such a great initiative. There is so much deadly talent in this country and having a dedicated strategy to share their music across the country through AMRAP and community radio will not only benefit the artists, but also expose and educate Australian listeners”

Unsigned First Nations artists can submit their music to be a part of the premier First Sounds compilation via indigiTUBE. The selection panel includes leading First Nations artists Leah Flaangan and Warren H Williams as well as Gavin Ivey, Program Manager at Sydney’s Koori Radio, who sats First Sounds is a crucial initiative for stations such as Koori Radio:

“The CBAA/Indigitube Initiative is vital to the Australian Musical landscape and I look forward to being involved. As Program Manager at Koori Radio 93.7 FM, a project like this, with music being distributed via Amrap and Indigitube, is instrumental in supporting and promoting First Nations Artists, nationally and globally.”

Find all the details on how to submit at the indigiTUBE website here.

Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and The Arts Australian Government

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.