Lotterywest grant hits right note with Abmusic

 Aboriginal musicians are set to benefit from better music production facilities thanks to a $24,100 State Government Lotterywest grant.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Peter Collier today presented the grant to Abmusic, an Aboriginal-owned corporation established to support and nurture Aboriginal musicians in Western Australia.

“The Lotterywest grant will provide an overdue upgrade to Abmusic production facilities to allow for improved music production and engineering,” Mr Collier said.

“Since it was established in 1986, Abmusic has grown to become a respected Registered Training Organisation delivering Certificates II, III and IV through to a Diploma of Music.

“This grant will help ensure Abmusic can keep up-to-date with recent technology and will allow the organisation to continue to provide unique, culturally appropriate training solutions.”

Abmusic aims to ensure that students exiting the program are ‘job ready’ and many graduates have forged successful careers within the music industry.

This year, eight Abmusic graduates are nominated for awards at the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment & Community Awards (known as the Deadly Awards), to be held in September.

“The success of Abmusic graduates is a credit to the program which provides a fantastic platform for Aboriginal musicians to launch a career,” the Minister said.

Mr Collier said Lotterywest grants had a significant impact on non-profit organisations such as Abmusic.

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