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Mentoring program helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians hit the high notes

Published 29 October 2021

Allara performs at Memo Music Hall as part of Council’s 2021 Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee. Photo credit: T J Garvie

Victoria-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians are encouraged to apply for the First Impressions career development program, a new initiative from Port Phillip Council.

Five successful applicants will receive career boosting guidance from local music industry mentors and perform at Port Phillip live music venues and events under the innovative new program.

Applications close mid-November and the program will run online and in person from January to May

Through the program, industry mentors will support participants to produce professional recordings of their work as well as an online promotional portfolio complete with professional photography and video.

Participants will also receive guidance on industry best practice related to processes such as achieving publicity and booking gigs. The First Impressions program will culminate with a live performance in a participating event at a Port Phillip venue.

Jointly funded by Port Phillip Council and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the program is also supported by Songlines Music Aboriginal Corporation and Music Victoria.

The project is among Year 1 actions in Port Phillip Council’s recently endorsed Live Music Action Plan (LMAP), which identified supporting the career development of First Peoples musicians as an area of focus.

The contribution of First Peoples to the musical and creative culture of Port Phillip has been substantial.

The First Impressions program will continue to support the career development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians and help amplify these important voices in our community.

To apply, or for more information, visit www.livenlocal.com.au/first-impressions