First Sounds - Promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists on Australian Radio

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The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) and First Nations Media Australia (FNMA) are thrilled to announce First Sounds, a new and unique initiative to get more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists heard across Australian radio airwaves. 

First Sounds is a special collaborative undertaking broadening the reach of Indigenous heritage, history and culture and supporting the burgeoning First Nations music industry.

A series of music compilations curated by FNMA’s indigiTUBE with a select panel of First Nations individuals, First Sounds focusses on developing more awareness of regional, remote and city-living Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and the songs and stories they have to share. First Sounds also ensures new and emerging First Nations artists have a clear pathway to develop an audience through community radio, which in turn develops momentum for artists to continue writing, recording and performing in their early stages. 

Groote Eylandt singer-songwriter Emily Wurramara (pictured right) is one First Nations artist who found community radio crucial to their career pathway:

'"This is such a great initiative. There is so much deadly talent in this country and having a dedicated strategy to share their music across the country through CBAA Amrap and community radio will not only benefit the artists, but also expose and educate Australian listeners."
 

First Sounds will be delivered via CBAA Amrap to community radio stations and broadcasters all over Australia in February 2020!   

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body