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New industry scholarship announced for Indigenous musicians

New industry scholarship announced for Indigenous musicians

A new scholarship and internship program from Music SA will help build the career of one Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musician in 2019.

Announced today, the 12 month program will see the successful applicant gain practical skills and a recognised qualification along with a rare level of industry access. The student will take part in Music SA’s nationally accredited industry education program two days a week, working towards a Certificate IV in Music Industry (business).

In addition to the completing the course fee-free, the student will gain both hands-on experience and the opportunity to tap into Music SA’s national network of musicians and industry professionals through a one day per week paid internship placement based at St. Paul’s Creative Centre in the city.

Electric Fields’ career has hit new peaks after taking part in the Robert Stigwood Fellowship, also based at St Paul’s Creative Centre

“We are thrilled to be able to offer an Indigenous musician an incredible year of learning and work experience,” Music SA General Manager Lisa Bishop says of the news. “The Music SA team is looking forward to welcoming and supporting a new Intern to the team!”

“Opportunities like this weren’t available when I began writing songs and the impact I could’ve had even earlier with these available are not lost on me,” says SAM Award-winning Funkoars and A.B. Original rapper/producer Trials (pictured).

The initiative was made possible by the support of an anonymous donor, whose contribution towards the scholarship has been matched by Music SA.

Applications are now open via Music SA, closing January 31

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Lauren Connelly

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