AITB on the Road: Bush Bands Business

Arts Law’s Delwyn Everard and Jacqueline Cornforth with D7’zBoys & E-Town Boyz (c) Arts Law.

Bush Bands Business is an annual skills and industry development camp connecting leading Indigenous musicians and songwriters from central Australia with the music industry. Over three days, musicians and top industry professionals converge on Ross River, NT for workshops, rehearsals, networking opportunities and discussions. For the past five years, Arts Law has been travelling to the desert to mentor these musicians and spread the word about our Artists in the Black service.

The 2015 line up of artists were so talented and motivated to learn more about their artistry and acquire new skills to help define their sound and image. Tjintu Desert Band (Haasts Bluff and Ikuntji), Rayella (Marlinja Community), Desert Mulga (Nyirripi and Yuendemu), Creekside Reggae Band (Warakurna), Eastern Reggae (Santa Teresa), Iwantja (Injulkana) and the D7’zBoys & E-Town Boyz (Ampilatwatja/Elliott/Wutungurra) all participated. Arts Law’s Deputy 
Director, Delwyn Everard and I were on hand to host workshops on Copyright, Contracts and music law, and although the bands were focused on jamming and polishing their sets for the Bush Bands Bash, they took the time to learn more 
about how the law effects their work.

The artists continually grow in confidence and gain fantastic knowledge because of this great initiative and it was wonderful to see them perform on the Saturday night at the Bush Bands Bash in front of thousands of people from their communities.
The Indigenous music community is thriving with talented musicians waiting for the opportunity to tell their stories to the world. These artists can be found all over Australia, from the concrete urban city areas to the most remote communities. All are passionate about music and want the wider community to hear them. Arts Law and Artists in the Black will continue to support these artists in the future and hope to be a part of the Bush Bands Program for many years to come.

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