Remote Music Rangers Program

Remote Music Rangers Program For many years MusicNT has supported remote musicians and communities through targeted and ongoing programs including Sista Sounds, RAMP and Bush Bands. We are now expanding this important work to include community based, Indigenous identified workers in a range of NT communities as Remote Music Rangers. These positions support local musicians…

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RAMP RAMP (Regional Areas Music Program) role at MusicNT is  providing opportunities for community driven performance platforms, skills development and strengthening of the identity and voice of Indigenous music. This can be workshops in P.A set up, stage set up and transportation of music gear remotely, music production, rehearsal room set up, equipment maintenance, and…

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Workshops We offer a range of workshops covering everything from songwriting and performing, to tech set up, understanding the finance side of music, and marketing. Check back in throughout the year as new workshops are released regularly.  Our other programs Remote Music Rangers Program RAMP NT Music Awards NIMA Soundtrack To The Outback FreshmiNT Bush…

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Soundtrack To The Outback

The Territory is all about road trips and what better way to explore this amazing place than through the songs of musicians and bands from across the Territory. Rolling out across the NT, Soundtrack To The Outback is your personal music soundtrack to get you across the Territory. Keep a look out for the Soundtrack…

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FreshmiNT showcases the latest music releases from Australia’s most isolated, yet vibrant music scene via a regular online mail out and weekly radio show. Submit your new tunes below for consideration for the Fresh MiNT mail out plus weekly radio shows each Thursday evening on Gove FM, Territory FM, Katherine FM and 8CCC. If you have any trouble uploading…

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Bush Bands

Bush Bands 2024 – 20th Anniversary Follow Bush Bands Bash Facebook MusicNT’s iconic Bush Bands Bash is back and celebrating its 20th Anniversary. Applications are now open and close on 1 July 2024. We don’t take late applications; you must have your application in by 1 JULY Applying for Bush Bands is very competitive. Applications…

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Sista Sounds

Sista Sounds has been visiting remote communities and Alice Springs schools and youth groups since 2011. It provides introductory music development workshops for women and girls which can include songwriting, singing, karaoke, practicing different instruments, setting up for a gig and looking after equipment and so on. Sista Sounds also advocates for more opportunities or safe places for women and girls to practice or learn music in.

Here is a map which shows the communities we have visited over the years. Click on each community to view details about the visits .

After almost a decade of providing Sista Sounds in remote communities and that there are many more Indigenous women in music performing regularly, MusicNT now focusses on communities which have:
Strong interest from key community members and services for music activities for women and girls
a dedicated music room that women and girls can use or can set up regular times for women’s and girls’ music activities and actively support and encourage them to come along.

staff who can follow up or support women’s and girls’ access to space and equipment in between our visits
at least basic musical instruments and sound production equipment available for women and girls to use
Suitable accommodation for our facilitators to stay in.

Remote workshops are expensive and there are often long gaps between Sista Sounds visits to each community. Supporting “hubs” for women’s music out bush promotes more opportunities for artist and music development by encouraging individuals to keep on practicing and organisations like local Aboriginal Corporations, Remote Indigenous Media Organisations and Regional Councils to actively include women and girls in the regular music activities they provide, with advice and visits from SistaSounds and RAMP.

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MusicNT’s Indigenous Women’s Music Program (IWMP) started with a program called Desert Divas, offered each year in Alice Springs and created during a time when Indigenous women were rarely seen on stage and did not feel supported by the broader music industry. Through regular workshops, Divas provides female Indigenous singer/songwriters with expert mentors, practice and advice about writing songs or learning instruments, links to broader industry support, help with writing bios and setting up social media, etc. Our workshop series culminates in a Showcase giving participants experience in performing solo and as a group in a professionally produced, well supported public concert.

Possibly the biggest benefit of joining Divas is becoming part of a supportive community and surrounded by like-minded women and older girls all keen to perform original material (and the occasional cover) whether at open mics, community concerts, corporate gigs or festivals. Connections between participants themselves and with mentors often last through the years, with women continuing to support one another through their musical journeys independently from Divas.

Due to popular demand, MusicNT expanded the program to include Saltwater Divas which has been offered in Darwin every year since 2013. Between 2013 – 2016 we also ran Barkly Divas. Two compilation albums – Divas Vol I and Divas Vol 2 -featuring Indigenous female singer/songwriters from our Divas programs across the Territory have also been released. Divas have also performed regularly at MusicNT’s Bush Bands Bash. (link to Divas at Bush Bands page, not Bush Bands pages and also have a link to this page from any relevant entries associated with Bush Bands) and many past participants have gone on to get their own gigs at festivals, community concerts, corporate events and private parties.

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