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Indigenous contemporary music action plan: Towards a stronger Indigenous contemporary music sector

Authors
Keywords
  • Aboriginal Australians
Disciplines
  • Education
  • Musicology
  • Political Science

Abstract

The national action plan is a framework which Australian, state and territory governments can use to assess their existing programs, consider new directions and identify new partners to support Indigenous contemporary music, at a pace and level which suits the budgets, situation and timelines of each jurisdiction. Indigenous culture is a strength to be celebrated and a major force in shaping our national culture and identity. Across Australia, from the large cities to the most remote communities, Indigenous people are making music. It’s an art form that has the power to draw young Indigenous Australians into education and training programs. Making music is strengthening pride in culture, language and history and Indigenous Australians’ contribution to Australia’s mainstream culture. Music is essentially about teamwork, mutual respect and discipline and these qualities have a broader relevance. Making music can grow the confidence and skills of young people and can potentially be an important source of income. The Indigenous Contemporary Music Action Plan is based on principles of flexibility, sustainability and diversity and aims to focus support for Indigenous music so that the sector grows stronger. The plan draws on a wide range of reports and extensive consultation by Australian, state and territory governments over many years. It acknowledges the quality of existing plans and activities and intends to build on them. The national action plan is a framework which Australian, state and territory governments can use to assess their existing programs, consider new directions and identify new partners to support Indigenous contemporary music, at a pace and level which suits the budgets, situation and timelines of each jurisdiction.

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