Launched in early November, by the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) and First Nations Media Australia (FNMA), First Sounds is a unique initiative bringing new and emerging First Nations music to the 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.
The two broadcasting industry peak bodies are working together to produce a series of compilations for distribution to the community radio network via Amrap (Australian Music Airplay Project). Through this, First Sounds 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.
Now with over 450 stations and 6 million listeners each week, Amrap has been instrumental 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”Emily Wurramara
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, Warren H Williams, Program Manager at Sydney’s Koori Radio Gavin Ivey, as well as celebrated singer-songwriter Shellie Morris who is excited for the new pathways the initiative will create;
“What an amazing initiative supporting First Nations artists, and a great way to share our songs and music across this country, It is so important to have this opportunity for our First Nations Artists, creating opportunities and building a better nationwide perspective on our stories and culture. Through CBAA’s Amrap and indigiTUBE collaborating together, this will enable so many artists to get their songs out there to be heard and appreciated by so many.”
The good news is that all artists who submit their music will be included on both the Amrap and indigiTUBE online platforms and offered to community radio broadcasters to play on their programs. All the details for artists to submit are at firstsounds.indigitube.com.au.
First Sounds 1 will be delivered via Amrap to community radio stations and broadcasters all over Australia in February 2020. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
Submissions to the compilation close on Saturday 14 December 2019.
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