Blak Sound 2019: Applications Open


The power of First Peoples carrying song in the now is a story of resilience. It is a story of Blak survival. It is a story of sound that has always been expressed through this land. It is a story of sound that has in one form or another been expressed through peoples of this land. First Peoples voices have always been present. Now in 2019, 230 years since the beginning of colonisation, First Peoples of this land are bringing these sounds to audiences with a power and purpose that uniquely resonates with 60,000 plus years of history. Blak Sound is 60,000 plus years of song in the now, embodied in a diverse array of emerging First Peoples sound and song carriers.  

Blak Sound is a program designed to realise the vision of more First Peoples, building sustainable contemporary music careers in Victoria. The program is presented and supported by VMDO First Peoples, City of Melbourne and Spotify and will focus on the release of recorded music, as part of an overall strategic approach to a career in contemporary music.

Across a nine-month program, five participants will release music into the world and be guided to achieve maximum impact with the release, as well as the learnings that will accompany this process to assist them into the future. Blak Sound will utilise a range of mechanisms, including master classes, mentoring and hands-on learning, to identify and deliver strategy and assets as well as further understanding of recording and release options, requirements, marketing and promotion, rights management and finances. As a First Peoples specific program, a strong underpinning of First Peoples’ cultural considerations will be built into the project to ensure support of artists from a cultural perspective is considered and underpins the project to ensure that the following goals are achieved.

Applications close April 17th 2019 - click through to the Blak Sound project page for more information.

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