Media Release - Funding success for Warburton community
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP is delighted to announce that Wilurarra Creative will receive $73,000 for the Ngaanyatjarra New Music Project.
The funding will be provided through the Federal Government’s recently launched Catalyst – Australian Arts and Culture Fund.
Wilurarra Creative applied for a Federal Government grant to record and produce a compilation of music from artists from the Ngaanyatjarra lands, one of the world’s oldest living language and culture groups.
The project will also include a brochure containing lyrics and artists biographies and an online platform for music in both the Ngaanyatjarra language and English.
“I have been very supportive of this project and it’s fantastic to see Wilurarra Creative receive the money it needs to get the ball rolling,” Mr Wilson said.
“The musicians will be able to not only produce music for different audiences but also archive it, enabling them to document and preserve the Ngaanyatjarra language and culture.
“Congratulations to Wilurarra Creative and the Warburton Community Inc on their success in receiving this funding.”
Wilurarra Creative director Silvano Giordano said the funding provided a great opportunity to undertake a large-scale project and increase the distribution of the organisation’s music.
“Wilurarra Creative has a recording studio that about 40 musicians regularly attend to record music,” he said.
“The guys are really excited, they’ve been asking to do a compilation for a long time so it’s great that we can finally make that happen.”
Catalyst funding is available from three streams: partnerships and collaborations, innovation and participation, and international and cultural diplomacy.
The funding is open to small, medium and large arts organisations at a national, regional and community level.
A majority (82 per cent) of the projects supported in this assessment period have been awarded to small-to-medium arts organisations, with half of the activity occurring in regional and remote communities.
Applications for Catalyst are open with rolling assessments made by independent assessors. Guidelines and information on the application process can be found on the Ministry for the Arts website www.arts.gov.au/catalyst
Media contact: Andrew Brosnan, 0488 643 593