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.