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Barpirdhila Foundation

Yawulyu Music

Yawulyu Music

Yawulyu (in Walpiri meaning women’s songs, ceremony and designs) is a culturally safe project to support First Nations women to explore their creative talents...

australia > both
01/11/2020 > 01/11/2021


  • Building A Culturally Vibrant Society
  • Supporting Indigenous Communities


  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • Women and girls


Yawulyu (in Walpiri meaning women’s songs, ceremony and designs) is a culturally safe project to support First Nations women to explore their creative talents and to develop a career in the creative arts.

The project has 2 streams to support female performers in a range of ways as allowed during and after the COVID restrictions:

a. Yawulyu Performance stream is for both emerging and mid-career established artists to connect with and build their audience, and to set up support networks and mentoring relationships for the emerging artists. Over 20 shows will be staged both through a Yawulyu online performance series as well as through live local venue shows (Covid permitting). Each show will have a mix of 3 emerging and established artists and be curated to provide opportunities for First Nations female sound and video recording technicians. This stream will allow approximately 50 female artists and sound and video recording technicians to find work and keep their craft alive.

b. Emerging Artist Incubator stream will select 5 emerging female musicians to fast track their artistic development and career pathway. Each artist will be matched with an established artist as a mentor to give career guidance and as role models. These young women will have the creative space and mentoring to compose two complete new songs and to record these songs and accompanying video in a studio with professional technicians who will assist with the mixing and mastering of the songs. The Incubator results will be released publicly on-line and one of the live Yawulyu performance streams will be dedicated to the release of the project. The mentors will assist the artists to market their work and understand how to engage with the essential industry networks and services such as talent agents, managers, etc. This stream will give work to the 5 emerging women artists, 5 women mentors and 5 video and sound technicians.


We will provide
• Increase in work for 50 women artists and sound and video technicians
• Creative growth of the individual artists
• Development of a model for developing First Nations women artists that other mainstream organisations can use
• Successful careers and employment in the creative sector including ancillary occupations such as event management, industry marketing & promotions, sound engineers, photographers, etc
• Development of a network of a critical mass of supportive women creative artists and mentors

Profile of Barpirdhila Foundation

Barpirdhila Foundation

Barpirdhila is a First Nations organisation set up by experienced and commercially successful artists (incl Adam Briggs, Reko Rennie, Kimberley Moulton) to develop, nurture and support First Nations excellence within the creative arts sector. Our aim is to create both physical spaces and programs for prospective and emerging young artists. These young artists face specific cultural and commercial barriers in accessing industry opportunities, such as lack of confidence (marginalisation), limited role models and little access to culturally safe industry networks and resources.

We seek to address this industry gap by supporting young artists and by helping change the industry to become more culturally inclusive


Funding sourceAmount
ACF National Crisis Response Fund$20,000
Funding Gap (unconfirmed)$45,000
Expense itemAmount
Artist payments$30,000
Artist expenses for recording$20,000
Musician Mentor payment$5,000
Event management, bookings, project management$10,000

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