First Nations' Roundtables: Roundtable 6
Join us at the next roundtable forum.
Topic: Advocating Arts
Date: Friday 24 April 2020
Join Chair of the First Nations Arts Strategy Panel, Wesley Enoch AM and Deputy Chair of The Australia Council for the Arts, Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin for this roundtable forum in an ongoing series of updates and discussions.
- Jimblah: Hip Hop artist, Industry development, First Nations Music Carclew
- Janina Harding: Artistic Director Cairns Indigenous Art Fair
- Nardi Simpson: Musician, Multidisciplinary artist
About the series
The Australia Council for the Arts is hosting a series of First Nations' Roundtables for arts and creative independents, and organisations, to discuss the current situation that affects us all in relation to COVID-19.
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Please contact Michael Hutchings directly if you require further information.
Phone: Michael Hutchings, Project Manager First Nations 0490 299 493
Jimblah: Hip Hop artist, Industry development, First Nations Music Carclew
A triple threat in his own lane, Jimblah is a producer, MC and vocalist hailing from Larrakia Nation in Top End Northern Territory. An important and powerful voice, Jimblah’s music speaks to decolonisation, challenging listeners to consider their privilege and responsibility.
The most striking thing about Jimblah is not his ability to sing, rap and produce beats, it’s the eyebrow-raising fact he does them all so well. His flow alone outshines most MCs, but his tone and singing style are so memorable, so drenched in soul, it’s music for the heart. Then consider his signature dusty, chopped-up melodic productions and you begin to understand Jimblah is truly a special talent.
Nardi Simpson: Musician, multidisciplinary artist
From the Yuwaalaraay people with roots in Sydney's inner west and country NSW, Nardi Simpson is a musician, songwriter, writer and performer. Nardi is a founding member of Indigenous duo Stiff Gins, a Gamilaraay language teacher, and cultural knowledge practitioner of the Sydney and Yuwaalaraay communities She is heavily involved in sharing and growing Indigenous knowledge and cultural practices in communities throughout NSW with her work with sound, story, language, writing, theatre making, performance and community development. Finally, Nardi is currently completing her debut novel ‘Song of the Crocodile,’ a story of connection to the people, place and stories of her ngurrambaa- homelands.
Impacts of COVID-19 on First Nations arts and culture: Download the paper
This paper outlines the immediate and longer term needs, concerns and potentially catastrophic impacts for First Nations arts and culture in light of COVID-19. This includes potential for the most significant loss of arts, culture and language since the arrival of the First Fleet. Drawing on research and sector intelligence, the paper highlights opportunities for First Nations arts specific support and cross-portfolio advocacy and engagement.
JobKeeper and the cultural and creative industries
This paper outlines the immediate and longer term needs of the cultural and creative industries pertaining to the JobKeeper program. While JobKeeper will have a significant benefit, in its current form it will not support a large proportion of the creative workforce. This is due to the specific nature of the cultural and creative industries which are characterised by extremely high levels of casualisation and freelancing. Support for these small businesses, sole traders and our creative economy is vital. Our sector will be essential in helping to rebuild communities and navigate Australia’s path out of the crisis.