First Nations' Roundtables: Roundtable 2
Topic: Digital Space
Date: Friday 27 March 2020
This forum discussed the support for sole traders, independent creatives, and arts organisations, the impact on creative processes and how people are responding to this, connecting to networks, and what could a digital think tank be for First Nations.
- Wesley Enoch AM: Chair of the First Nations Arts Strategy Panel
- Lydia Miller: Executive Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts
- Ali Murphy-Oates: Managing Director, Moogahlin Performing Arts.
- Travis de Vries: Artist, Writer, Producer and Podcaster, Awesome Black.
- Philip Watkins: Chief Executive Officer, Desart.
- Ben Graetz: Independent Creative Director, Co-Director Party Passport, CEO, BRG Productions.
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.
Watch the webinar recording
Watch the rest of the series.
Please contact Michael Hutchings directly if you require further information.
Phone: Michael Hutchings, Project Manager First Nations 0490 299 493
Travis De Vries (Gamilaroi)
Travis De Vries (Gamilaroi) is the founder and director of Awesome Black and is the co-host of the Broriginals podcast. Travis is a celebrated visual artist, writer and producer. Awesome Black is a new First Nations digital creative content platform that gives audiences a way to engage and support the work of the creators they love.
Awesome Black is a new First Nations digital creative content platform that gives audiences a way to engage and support the work of the creators they love. It's been created after two years of research into digital platforms and audience engagement and draws on podcasting and gaming network models to empower connection between audiences and creators to result in a deeper level of 'buy in' in creative content.
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.