Since 2009, the now annual Home project has profiled, promoted and supported more than 5 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander bands and solo artists – all of who are now featured on this website.

The ongoing success of the Home project is the result of a committed partnership between QMusic and Virgin Australia – the concept and first Home compilation release in 2009 was supported by the Queensland Government’s Queensland Indigenous Arts Marketing and Export Agency (QIAMEA).

Initially focused on Queensland artists, the Home project is now truly national and profiles bands from every corner of the country. Artists are selected through a broad collaborative relationship with a range of music bodies and industry networks to ensure the most exciting new musicians are selected. In 2013, QMusic and MusicNT were thrilled to announce a partnership between Home and the National Indigenous Music Awards that brings 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 celebrates the efforts of Indigenous artists.

Today, the project is two-fold focusing on the production of the annual Home compilation CD, and the development of the permanent online resource homeartists.com.au

Over the five years of the project Home has featured some of our most established Indigenous artists such as Gurrumul and Kev Carmody alongside new artists like MC Murriz, The Medics, Classik Nawu and The Coldwater Band who are emerging from communities Australia wide.

Each year, the Home compilation is launched at the BIGSOUND music industry conference and sent to radio and other media to promote Indigenous music to a wider audience.

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 has played a major role in growing the scope of the project by contributing to production costs, distributing copies of the Home release to thousands of staff, and profiling the featured artists through its inflight entertainment.

Supporting the project also plays a key role in the airline’s Aboriginal Employment Strategy and Cultural Awareness activities for staff.

In 2011, the partnership was recognised by winning the “Partnership Award’ at the Queensland round of the Australian Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) Awards.

If you would like to find out more, or are interested in being featured on the next Home compilation, please contact us via the contact page.

The artwork featured on Home One, Two and Three compilations is by Robert Barton: www.aboriginaldesigngallery.com

The artwork “Bush Flowers” featured on Home Four is by Joyce Huddlestone : www.ngukurrarts.net.au

The artwork “Burn Grass” featured on Home Five is by Agnes Mark: www.npaart.com / www.umiarts.com.au

For more information on Virgin Australia’s Aboriginal Employment Strategy visit www.virginaustralia.com/careers or email indigenous.recruitment@virginaustralia.com.

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