Divas at Bush Bands

Expression Of Interest for Divas at Bush Bands has CLOSED.

Please check back in April to complete an EOI for Bush Bands 2022.


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 18
  • You will need to be available to come to workshops at Ross River Resort from 14th-18th 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). Liz from our Alice Springs office can help you with the form if you need it. Contact liz@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.

From 2013 to 2016 Desert Divas performed as a group at the start of MusicNTs Bush Bands Bash.  From 2017 this was refined to provide spots for 3 emerging soloists from across all our Divas programs to play up to 3 of their original works with support from backing musicians.  Prospective soloists were asked to submit an application

The IWMP Industry Reference Group and MusicNT staff from IWMP and Bush Bands decide who the successful applicants are.  We look for women who have come through our Divas programs, are ready to perform to a large audience and who can participate in and benefit from Bush Bands Business, the 4 day music development and industry camp held at Ross River Resort before the big concert.

From 2019, MusicNT started acknowledging the individual women who were selected to perform on posters and other promotional materials –  previously this had stated: “Featuring Desert Divas.”  Along with funding through Bush Bands, our IWMP also contributes towards ensuring these performers have dedicated music mentors/session musicians and paying for accommodation, travel, and meals.

Our past performers and mentors


Performers: Raychelle McKenzie and Kirra Voller.

Dedicated female mentors: Shellie Morris, Casii Williams.


Performers:  Lena Kellie, Patsy Coleman, Celestine Rowe.

Dedicated female mentors:  Shellie Morris, Dallas Frasca, Casii Williams.


Performers: Casii Williams, Jessie Grainer, Patsy Coleman.

Dedicated female mentors:  Shellie Morris, Chelsea McNeilly (Skyeater).


Performers:  Shannen Cubis (Shana Ray), Jessica Grainer (JessiK), Tash Clarke

Our other programs