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Artist Call: Breakthrough Recording Grant for Indigenous Artists in Australia and Torres Strait

The Breakthrough program is accepting applications from emerging Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians. Artists are invited to apply for up to $25,000 to fund the production of a new album.

Funded by the Indigenous Culture Support ProgramBreakthrough recognizes that having high quality recordings is a key factor for artists in gaining the attention of listeners and industry alike.

From indigenouspeoples.com – Australia: Breakthrough Funding To Boost Success Of Indigenous Musicians – Call For Applications:

Arts Minister Simon Crean today opened the next round of funding through the Breakthrough: Emerging Indigenous Contemporary Musicians Recording initiative for two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians or bands…

“We have a wealth of home-grown talent here in Australia, but it can be difficult for emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians to gain the exposure they need to take their music to a wider audience and achieve commercial success.

“Breakthrough provides real opportunities and practical support for Indigenous musicians to kick-start their career with the important next step of a professional high-quality recording of their original music.”

Find the application and more information at arts.gov.au. Applications close at 5pm on Friday 28 October 2011.

Busby Marou,  an alternative/country duo from Rockhampton, were previous recipients of Breakthrough funding. Enjoy this video for their track Biding My Time: