Expression Of Interest now open for Divas to Perform

at Bush Bands Bash | 8-12 Sept 2021

EOIs are due by 5pm, Friday 9th July 2021.

Are you an Indigenous female aged 16 or over who is keen to perform at BUSH BANDS this September?

  • You will need to have participated in Divas workshops and performed in a showcase
  • You will need to have 15 to 20 minutes of original material you can perform at Bush Bands on September 12
  • You will need to be available to come to workshops at Ross River Resort from 8th-11th September (MusicNT will cover transport, food and accommodation costs)
  • Agree to MusicNT’s code of conduct including attending all required activities, being free from the influence of alcohol or non-prescription drugs when participating and behaving in a polite and professional way during workshops and the concert.

You also need to complete the following Expression of Interest (EOI). Jessie or Liz from our Alice Springs office can help you with the form if you need it. Contact jessie@musicnt.com.au or call 8952 0322 during office hours.

The decision about who is performing will be made by MusicNT’s Indigenous Women’s Reference Group.

MusicNT’s 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 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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