Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion has welcomed the Australian Government’s support for a tour of original work by Arnhem Land band Bärra.
“An Australia Council for the Arts Contemporary Music Touring Program grant of $28,500 has been provided to Aboriginal Resource and Development Services for Gove band Bärra to tour the Northern Territory including many remote areas as well as Darwin and perform at this year’s Barunga Festival,” Senator Scullion said.
“Bärra hail from the Birrtjimi community in north eastern Arnhem Land, on the tip of the Gove Peninsula.
“The band play a mix of reggae, gospel, and traditional Aboriginal musical, all created and performed in their own language.
“Bärra will enrich our local music scene and provide an exciting opportunity for audiences across the Territory to experience high quality contemporary Australian music within our community.”
“On the tour, Bärra will be promoting their new album Dhapirrk Rirrakay, which was created in the new Gaynguru Studios of Yolngu Radio in Nhulunbuy, which was opened by the Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, and myself, in September 2014.
“Part of the funding will go towards music workshops, targeted to young people and delivered through the Top End, including in remote communities.
“The workshops will teach music practice, music creation and music theory, bridging concepts between western and traditional aboriginal music.
“Workshop activities will include music composition with computers and iPads; music creation in a group setting; song writing in a bilingual context; and music making with modern instruments accompanying traditional music,” Senator Scullion said.
Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC said that more than $180,000 has been provided to support tours of new music by contemporary Australian musicians to remote and regional communities through the Australia Council’s Contemporary Music Touring Program.
Nine acts have received funding for tours that will reach close to 70 regional and remote locations in every state and territory, with more than half being remote or very remote.
Four of the tours feature Indigenous musicians, and the performances span a number of contemporary music genres including rock and country, metal, gospel, reggae and rhythm and blues.
The Minister for the Arts said the Australian Government is committed to providing Australian artists and audiences with access to high quality arts and cultural experiences in their own communities.
“Our contemporary musicians are modern story tellers and the Australian Government is proud to support Australians musicians in building new audiences and sharing their original work across Australia,” Senator Brandis said.
The Contemporary Music Touring Program is aligned with the Australia Council’s new grants model, which launched in January 2015. For more information on funding opportunities available through the Australia Council visit www.australiacouncil.gov.au. Applications for the next round of Australia Council grants close on Tuesday 2 June 2015.
A list of Bärra’s tour dates and workshop locations is attached.
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