Instruments For The Outback is back in 2019 with a passion to see kids making music in Outback Australia.
This June we’re taking a team of professional musicians to remote parts of the Northern Territory, teaming with local indigenous musicians to roll out music programs for school aged kids.
We’ll be running a week of instrumental workshops and recording sessions, all while learning more about indigenous languages, culture and traditions. At the end of the week we hold a special concert where the kids get to perform for the whole community, showcasing what they’ve learnt. It always finishes with dancing and everyone getting involved.
We have an exciting goal for this year to produce an original song and video clip to share their unique music and language with the world.
Join us as we raise $15,000 to get quality musical instruments, recording equipment and performing gear into Outback communities. Your support helps to foster indigenous music and supports young people living in remote parts of Australia.
Beginning in 2017, Instruments for The Outback has taken teams of professional musicians to run music workshops and engage with indigenous communities in Outback Australia. With the help of generous supporters we've raised more than $50,000 to get musical supplies into Outback schools and community organisations. Our aim is to develop the skills of young indigenous musicians by providing opportunities to perform, record, and be mentored by music professionals.
After succesful trips in 2017 and 2018, this year we will visit two locations. In Woolaning, Northern Territory we will be continuing to support the establishment of a music camp with local music teacher Roger Latham. The camp offers music tuition and performance opportunities for indigenous young people, neighbouring community groups and school camps.
We will also be taking team of professional musicians to Gawa Christian School on Elcho Island in East Arnhem Land. There we hope to help create a performance space plus put together a small recording studio. This provides an opportunity to keep language alive, giving elders and students the chance to record music – both traditional and contemporary in an endangered language.
The team, alongside local musicians also hopes to co-facilitate workshops on a range of musical instruments and offer mentoring for the use of recording equipment throughout the week.
As a team we are excited by opportunities to learn from aboriginal elders through song, dance and story and to see students talents expressed as they perform and create songs in Djambarpungu and Warramiri languages.
Our aim is to build strong, ongoing relationships through shared cross-cultural musical experiences for both indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.