The CBAA has received funding from the Australia Council for the Arts and will partner with First Nations Media Australia on a new initiative to raise the profile of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists by helping to share their songs and stories.
The CBAA’s Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (Amrap) will be distributing new music from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians to increase the representation of First Nations music on community radio airwaves, while First Nations Media Australia will feature selected music on its national content platform, indigiTube, which showcases music and video content for listeners to stream and download within the app, and for broadcasters to replay on air.
CBAA CEO Jon Bisset says, “We’re proud of how Amrap has exposed new Australian music over many years and now look forward to working with First Nations Media Australia on this fantastic initiative. Amrap will serve as a vital stepping-stone for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians into the local music industry and be a great resource for early-career musicians.”
The project will focus on developing more regional and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, ensuring greater awareness of heritage, history and culture, by supporting the First Nations music industry.
First Nations Media Australia General Manager, Daniel Featherstone, says “The project is a great opportunity to build on the connections indigiTUBE has made and to expand the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music across the community media landscape through the Amrap catalogue.”
indigiTUBE Project Manager, Jaja Dare, says, “We’re really excited about partnering with the CBAA to help connect audiences with deadly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians. We can’t wait to hear these awesome contemporary artists featured on the community radio airwaves.”