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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


The initiative aims to assist First Nations artists affected by the COVID-19 pandemic release their next project

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First Nations-led not-for-profit organisation, the Adam Briggs Foundation have today announced a new grant initiative Barpirdhila. The initiative aims to assist First Nations artists who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through helping them release their next musical project.

The Barpirdhila grant is open to practising First Nations artists in all stages of their career, offering successful applicants up to $10,000 solely for third party costs that will assist each artist in getting their music out in the world. Half of all grants will be reserved for female-identifying artists, proving the foundations drive for inclusion.

“This is intended for artists who need that little push to get their project off the ground, or that extra bit of help to bring that project to fruition. A little bit of a hand can mean the difference between the world receiving a new voice and point of view or not.” Briggs shares.

Behind the initiative is a judging panel composed of music industry figureheads, including the charity’s chair, founder, and artist, Briggs. Fellow panel members are respected Birri Gubba / Ugarem producer, editor and curator, Emily Nicol, Sony Music Publishing Managing Director, Damian Trotter, award-winning Samoan-Australian journalist and ARIA Awards judge, Sosefina Fuamoli, and frontman of 8-piece funk and roots act The Deans of Soul, Linc Yow Yeh. Funding for the initiative is from Sony Music Publishing, Australian Communities Foundation and VicHealth.

The Adam Briggs Foundation encourages all First Nations artists, at any stage in their careers, to apply for the Barpirdhila grant and give themselves a well-deserved boost for the world to hear their music. Applications are now open. Artists can find information here on the criteria for applying. Submissions close midnight AEST on August 1, 2022. Grant recipients will be announced on September 1, 2022.


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