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Home Volume 7

In partnership with Virgin Australia, QMusic is proud to launch volume 7 of the HOME Indigenous music compilation series at this year’s BIGSOUND music festival in Brisbane on Wednesday September 7.

The Home CD has championed the cause of Indigenous music since its inception in 2009, promoting music from established indigenous artists and up and coming musicians from around Australia. This year will see the HOME playlist available to a broader global audience  via the following Spotify playlist:

Since 2009, the Home project has featured an amazing array of artists, from national icons like Gurrumuland Kev Carmody, to young stars like The MedicsThelma Plum, Robbie Miller, The Cold Water Band and East Journey.

Home Volume 7 contains songs from sixteen acts – the list is one of the most comprehensive diverse line-ups to date, with a wide range of genres and styles. Featured on the 2016 edition are Luke Daniel Peacock, Emily Wurramara, A.B. Original, Tia Gostelow, Birdz/Jimblah, Catherine Satour, King Social, and many more.

Home Volume 6 released for BIGSOUND 2014

Home-Artists-CD5-CoverIn partnership with Virgin Australia and the National Indigenous Music Awards, QMusic is proud to launch volume 6 of the HOME Indigenous music compilation series at this year’s BIGSOUND music festival in Brisbane on Thursday September 11.

The Home CD has championed the cause of Indigenous music since its inception in 2009, promoting music from established indigenous artists and up and coming musicians from around Australia.

Volume six has seen the second year of QMusic and MusicNT working together to link HOME and the National Indigenous Music Awards, bringing  together two key Indigenous contemporary music platforms to work together to promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music to Australia and the world.

Since 2009, the Home project has featured an amazing array of artists, from national icons like Gurrumul and Kev Carmody, to young stars like The Medics, Thelma Plum, Robbie Miller, The Cold Water Band and East Journey.

Home Volume 6 contains songs from sixteen acts – the list is one of the most comprehensive diverse line-ups to date, with a wide range of genres and styles. Featured on the 2014 edition are The Painted Ladies, 2014 NIMA Hall of Fame Inductee Mark Munk Ross and his Renegades of Munk , Tom E Lewis, Jimblah, Jacinta Price, Tjintu Desert Band, newcomers Tigerlilly, Blekbala Mujik and many more.

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The compilation will be launched at the BIGSOUND Music Conference, continuing the tradition of shining a light on indigenous music in front of the Australian music industry. This year’s showcase will feature the Home artists Renegades of Munk with a number of guests jumping up in a huge hip-hop collaboration (L-FRESH the LION, MC Rival and more), Jacinta Price, Jimblah, CKNU. The evening will be hosted by Busby Marou’s Jeremy Marou.

This year’s stunning cover artwork “Beautiful Earth and Sea” is from Yarrabah artist Edna Ambrym.

QMusic EO Denise Foley said, “In our sixth year of Home we are proud to be shining the spotlight on yet another amazing crop of artists. We are proud to be working with Virgin Australia and the National Indigenous Music Awards once more; two partners with the same deep respect and love for Indigenous art as ourselves. We continue our long commitment to showcasing amazing talent coming from artists in both metropolitan and regional settings.”

The partnership behind this project is driven by a shared commitment to engaging with the Indigenous community.  For QMusic, that support has been principally focused on the needs of Indigenous artists to access and breakthrough more regularly to the mainstream music community.

Virgin Australia Group Executive, People, Culture and Sustainability, Geraldine Chin Moody said: “At Virgin Australia, we are committed to promoting and supporting the success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples. By featuring Home on our in-flight entertainment system, we are able to showcase the incredible talent of both emerging and established Indigenous artists to travellers throughout the country [and around the world].”

As part of our focus on maintaining a culturally diverse workplace, Home has also become an important annual tradition at Virgin Australia.  We look forward to sharing this fantastic music with our people for another year.

Home Volume 6 Tracklist:

  1. Stranger in My Country – The Painted Ladies
  2. I Can’t Make It On My Own – Tom E Lewis
  3. Fractions – Tigerlilly
  4. Sunday – Robbie Miller
  5. Oh Diva Me – Kaylah Truth
  6. Help Is On The Way – Renegades of Munk
  7. Hip Hop Head – JPoint
  8. Fireproof – Jimblah
  9. Beauty In It’s True Form – Dukebox
  10. Come’n’ Dance – Blekbala Mujik
  11. Ngurra Ikuntji – Tjintu Desert Band
  12. Grateful – Troy Brady and Sounds of AustraNesia
  13. Don’t Go Falling in Love – Jacinta Price
  14. Bringing Me to Tears – Adam James
  15. Vacant Space – Slip On Stereo
  16. So Tight – CKNU

Home Vol 6 is produced by QMusic, and proudly supported by Virgin Australia and the National Indigenous Music Awards.

HOME Five CD released at 2013 BIGSOUND

Home Artists Vol 5

Home Artists Vol 5

QMUSIC, VIRGIN AUSTRALIA AND THE NATIONAL INDIGENOUS MUSIC AWARDS LAUNCH HOME VOLUME 5

In partnership with Virgin Australia and the National Indigenous Music Awards, QMusic is proud to present the latest in the Home compilation series, Home Volume 5.

The Home CD has championed the cause of Indigenous music since its inception in 2009, promoting music from established indigenous artists and up and coming musicians from around Australia.

In addition, QMusic and MusicNT are thrilled to announce a partnership between Home and the National Indigenous Music Awards that begins to bring together two key Indigenous contemporary music platforms to work together to promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music to Australia and the world. Taking place at the beginning of August, the NIMA’s celebrated the effort of Indigenous artists and awarded several for their work. Notable winners included Thelma Plum (National New Talent of the Year) and Shellie Morris (G.R. Burarrawanga Memorial Award), both of whom appear on Home Volume 5.

Since 2009, the Home project has featured an amazing array of artists, from national icons like Gurrumul and Kev Carmody, to young stars like The Medics, Thelma Plum and Jake and The Cowboys.
Home Volume 5 contains songs from thirteen high quality musicians; the list is one of the most complete to date, with a wide range of featured artists. Featured on the 2013 edition are musicians such as The Painted Ladies, Thelma Plum, DT3, The Cold Water Band, Dubmarine, Bart Willoughby and triple J Unearthed Indigenous Artists of the Year winner, Robbie Miller.

The compilation will be launched at the BIGSOUND Music Conference on Thursday, 12th of September, continuing the tradition of promoting indigenous music in front of the Australian music industry at large. In addition to their support on the Home project, the NIMA’s are presenting the Gurrumul keynote at BIGSOUND on the closing day.

QMusic Executive Officer, Denise Foley, said, “We have long respected the work that MusicNT does in profiling Indigenous artists through the National Indigenous Music Awards; it just makes sense for our two platforms to come together to better showcase the amazing talent coming from artists in both metropolitan and regional settings.”

Virgin Australia Group Executive for People, Culture and Sustainability, Geraldine Chin Moody said,“At Virgin Australia, we are committed to promoting and supporting the success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples. By featuring Home on our in-flight entertainment system, we are able to showcase the incredible talent of both emerging and established Indigenous artists to travellers throughout the country [and around the world].”

“As part of our focus on maintaining a culturally diverse workplace, Home has also become an important annual tradition at Virgin Australia. We look forward to sharing this fantastic music with our people for another year.”

Manager of MusicNT, Mark Smith, said, “The Nima’s are proud to be partnering with Bigsound and Virgin Australia on the HOME CD. This snapshot of indigenous music from across the country showcases some amazing talent and highlights the strength of the indigenous music scene.”

The partnership behind this project is driven by a shared commitment to engaging with the Indigenous community. For QMusic, that support has been principally focused on the needs of Indigenous artists to access and breakthrough more regularly to the mainstream music community.

QMusic are proud to be a supporter of Indigenous Music and look forward to continuing the Home tradition in the future.

Home Volume 5 track list:

1. Shellie Morris – Simple Things

2. The Painted Ladies – Living My Life By The Days

3. Tigerlilly Lion – River People

4. Thelma Plum – Around Here

5. Robbie Miller – Don’t Go Walking Away

6. The Coldwater Band – Red, Black and Yellow

7. Bart Willoughby – Aboriginal Reggae

8. Dubmarine – Bullyman

9. Bryte – Brainwash

10. DT3 – No Love Lost (featuring Jaden Taniwha)

11. Theona Councillor – Cover Me

12. John Bennett – Wangkaja

13. Glen Skuthorpe – The Great Beyonder.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists find a new Home online

The music of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists is being taken to the world through a unique online initiative supported by Q Music and Virgin Australia.

Next week will see the launch of the new Home artists website – www.homeartists.com.au – the first online destination of its kind aimed at promoting and supporting the country’s new Indigenous musical talent.

The launch of the site comes as project partners Q Music and Virgin Australia unveil the 2012 edition of the now annual Home compilation CD of Indigenous artists.   Now in its fourth year, the award-winning Home project showcases the finest Queensland and Australian indigenous music artists to a growing global audience.

This year, artists featured on the Home 4 compilation include: Casey Donovan, Christine Anu, Thelma Plum, Sue Ray, Jake and the Cowboys, East Journey, Dewayne Everett Smith, Thelma Plum, Lady Lash, The Last Kinection, Dubmarine, Tjupurru, Marcus Corowa, Slip–On Stereo, Bradley Hall, Leah Flannagan and Blak Lullabye.

They join a host of more than 30 artists previously featured on Home compilations – a group which features some of the country’s most exciting and respected artists including Gurrumul, The Medics, Busby Marou, Kev Carmody, The Stiff Gins, Seaman Dan, and many more.

The Home website will profile all the acts included across the four Home compilations, providing music fans and industry the world over with a single destination to find contemporary Indigenous Australian music.

Home 4 and homeartists.com.au will be launched during Brisbane’s BIGSOUND music industry conference and festival with a special event on Thursday, September 13 at the Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley – from 5.00pm. The launch event will feature performances from Casey Donovan, Thelma Plum, Jake and The Cowboys, Tjupurru and Slip-On Stereo.

Q Music Executive Officer Denise Foley says she is proud to see the project move into the online realm.

“With the launch of Home 4 we are excited to announce the support and partnership from Virgin Australia has reached another stage of development and we are thrilled to launch our new Home Artists website,” Ms Foley said.

“Now the world can easily find over 40 exceptional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in the one spot, and discover what we already know, Australian music is fantastic and our Indigenous musicians are right there at the top.  We hope everyone enjoys this music as much as we do.”

Over the past few years, the Home project has played a major role in developing new audiences for Indigenous artists. The releases have received airplay across hundreds of radio stations nationally, while partner Virgin Australia – which also contributed to the costs of the project – has distributed copies to staff, and featured the Home releases as part of the airline’s in-flight entertainment.

This initiative was acknowledged last year when Q Music and Virgin Australia was honoured in the Queensland round of the Australian Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) Awards – collecting the coveted ‘Partnership Award’.

Virgin Australia Group Executive of People, Richard Tanner said supporting Home had become an important annual event for the airline.

“Not only do we see it as playing a major role in promoting contemporary Indigenous talent, supporting this project adds to our commitment to developing our Aboriginal Employment Strategy and implementing cultural awareness strategies within Virgin Australia,” Mr Tanner said.

Jeremy Marou, from successful Queensland band Busby Marou, said the Home initiative was making a significant contribution to Indigenous artists from around the country.

“Indigenous artists and bands trying to break through a very competitive music scene, the “Home” album is perfect,” Marou says.  “I remember the very first Home album we were apart of being so proud that our name was on an album with successful artists such as Kev Carmody.  It’s a great way to show the mainstream music industry the quality of Indigenous artists. The Home album makes sense because it is a practical way in bridging the gap in a black and white Australia.”

Kahl Wallace from The Medics – whose music has been featured on previous Home releases – said the project provided important recognition and support for Indigenous artists.

“To be included alongside artists like Gurrumul on the Home compilations was a huge honour for us as a band,” Wallace said. “And the releases played a big role in bringing our music to new audiences and helping to kick-start our career.”


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The Medics scoop National Indigenous Music Awards

Showcasing the changing face and sound of Indigenous music in Australia, emerging QLD rock four-piece The Medics have taken out top honours at the 2012 National Indigenous Music Awards on Saturday 11 August.

One of the country’s most exciting young bands, The Medics released their debut album Foundations to widespread acclaim earlier this year and now wins for Album of the Year, New Talent of the Year and Song of the Year for ‘Griffin’ sends a clear message that they are an act on the rise.

Newly formed Arnhem Land band East Journey who have been guided by the legendary Mandawuy Yunupingu from Yothu Yindi, took out two highly contested awards.  The NT Film Clip of the Year for the super stunning film clip ‘Ngarrpiya’ which was filmed around their home country in Yirrkala. East Journey also picked up the prestigous G.R. Bururrawanga Memorial Award for an emerging act with the significant achievement in the NT industry, which was proudly presented to the band by Mandawuy Yunupingnu on the night.

Cementing his position as the country’s most well regarded Indigenous musician, Gurrumul Yunupingu was named Artist of the Year for the second year in a row. Gurrumul’s collaboration ‘Bayini’ with Sarah Blasko also claimed Cover Art of the Year, a second NIMA for artist/designer Carlo Santone from Blue King Brown.

The Traditional Music Award was rewarded to two different collaborations for the Song People’s Sessions. Warren H Williams and the Warumungu Songmen and Shellie Morris and the Borroloola Songwomen have composed new arrangements with ancient languages to preserve language and stories to share with future generations.

Recognising a lifetime of achievement in the music industry, the 2012 NIMA Hall of Fame honoured the great Jimmy Little who was posthumously awarded for his pioneering work as an Indigenous and country music star. Legendary Arnhem Land rock stars Sunrize Band and ever popular NT act Lajamanu Teenage Band were also inducted into the NIMA Hall of Fame and celebrated with a return to the stage at the Awards concert on Saturday night.

The anthem of a generation, “Black Boy” by the legendary Coloured Stone was given a contemporary edge when it was performed at the NIMAs in Darwin on Saturday night, twenty eight [28] years after it was released. Bunna Lawrie founding member of Coloured Stone joined his son Jindhu, drummer and vocalist of The Medics, on stage for one of the night’s most stirring moments.

 “With finalists from across the country I can confidently say that NIMA 2012 have arrived on a national scale.  The goal of a truly national event celebrating the achievements and talents of Indigenous musicians is being realised.” says Mark Smith, Music NT General Manager.

The night was filled with unique sets including the highly anticipated East Journey who lived up to the hype with frontman Rrawun Maymuru and traditional dancers providing a spectacular show. Other highlights on the night included the world premiere of Warren H Williams and the Warumungu Songmen, crowd favourites Lajamanu Teenage Band and a highly anticipated performance by triple j Unearthed winner Thelma Plum who also jumped in with The Medics to perform their ‘like a version’ of Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind.

New Talent of the Year
The Medics

Song of the Year
‘Griffin’ – The Medics
Written by J Lawrie/ C Thomas/ A Thomson/ K Wallace

Album of the Year
Foundations – The Medics
Label: Footstomp/Warner

Artist of the Year 
Gurrumul Yunupingu

Hall of Fame
Dr James Oswald Little, AO aka Jimmy Little
Sunrize Band
Lajamanu Teenage Band

NT Film Clip of the Year
‘Ngarrpiya’ – East Journey
Director/Producer: Naina Sen + Susan Marawili

G.R. Bururrawanga Memorial Award
East Journey

NT Cover Art of the Year 
‘Bayini’ – Gurrumul Yunupingu & Sarah Blasko
Label: Skinnyfish Music
Artist/Designer: Carlo Santone

Traditional Music Award of the Year
Song Peoples Sessions
Shellie Morris and the Borroloola Songwomen – ‘Ngambala Wiji Li-Wunungu’
Warren H Williams and the Warumungu Songmen – ‘Winanjjara’

NT School Band of the Year 
NEAL Boys – Yirrkala CEC

The National Indigenous Music Awards are presented by Music NT and the NT Government and are part of Darwin Festival 2012.

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QMusic And Virgin Australia Honoured For The Home Indigenous Music Project

A unique initiative to promote Indigenous music artists around the nation and the world has been honored at the Queensland round of the Australian Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) Awards.

Q Music and airline Virgin Australia have collected the State AbaF ‘Partnership Award’ for the successful series of HOME compilation CDs.

Produced over the past three years, the compilation releases have showcased the finest Queensland and Australian indigenous music artists to a growing global audience.

Now in its third year, the 2011 HOME 3 compilation was launched at Brisbane’s BIGSOUND music industry conference in front of a packed room of national and international music industry figures in town for the event.

This year’s release features tracks from Australia’s finest indigenous solo artists and bands including: Kev Carmody, The Medics, Busby Marou, Gurrumul, Sue Ray, Microwave Jenny, Frank Yamma, Classic Nawu, Dave Dow and the Human Groove, Dubmarine, MC Murriz, Impossible Odds, Adam James and Freshwater.

The releases have helped shine a light on the depth of Indigenous Australian talent and each year have grown in their scope and quality. The HOME CDs have been promoted to more than 300 radio stations across the country through the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (AMRAP) with tracks played more than 5000 times over the past two years.

Meanwhile, Virgin Australia has contributed the costs of the compilation’s production and launch event and distributed 5000 copies to its staff and ‘Velocity’ members. The airline has also developed a dedicated in-flight Indigenous music channel ‘Red Centre’ programmed entirely with music from the two HOME compilation releases.

Q Music Executive Officer Denise Foley said the partnership with Virgin Australia was driven by a shared commitment to engaging with the Indigenous community.

“For Q Music, that support has been principally focused on the needs of Indigenous artists to access and breakthrough more regularly to the mainstream music community,” Ms Foley explains.

Virgin Australia’s Group Executive (People) Richard Tanner adds:”Virgin Australia has a strong commitment to developing its Aboriginal Employment Strategy and implementing cultural awareness strategies within its organisation. And supporting the HOME releases is an important component of that strategy.”

The annual AbaF Awards recognise the best relationships between the private sector and the arts, with Q Music and Virgin Australia’s partnership now in the running for a national award, to be announced this October in Perth.

More information on the Awards is available now at www.abaf.org.au

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