Sista Sounds provides introductory music development workshops for Indigenous women and girls. This can include songwriting, singing, karaoke, practicing different instruments, setting up for a gig, 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.
Sista Sounds has been visiting remote communities and Alice Springs schools and youth groups since 2011. Over this time we’ve run workshops in 23 communities across the NT and 9 in SA/WA near the border with the NT. Many communities have benefitted from repeat visits from our mentors.
After almost a decade of providing Sista Sounds in remote communities MusicNT currently focuses on communities in the NT with:
- Strong interest from community members and services for music activities for women and girls
- a music room that women and girls can use at regular times for women’s and girls’ music activities and active support and encouragement for them to come along.
- staff who can follow up or support women’s and girls’ access to space and equipment in between our visits
- basic musical instruments and sound production equipment available for women and girls to use
- Suitable accommodation for our facilitators to stay in.
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.
If you are interested in having Sista Sounds visit your community, contact Liz in our Alice Springs office on (08) 8952 0322 or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in mentoring with Sista Sounds, fill out an Expression of Interest form or contact Liz.