What is our project?
Last year CAAMA Music ran a nationwide competition to uncover a new crop of female Aboriginal singer-songwriters. The Alukura Competition (Alukura meaning women' in the Arrernte language) saw eight incredibly talented and passionate women chosen to fly from all corners of Australia to record at the CAAMA Music studios in Alice Springs. During the recording process the women participated in music business workshops, were mentored by the popular musical duo the Stiff Gins, and connected to the country and culture of Central Australia.
For most of these women it was their first time recording in a professional studio. From this invaluable experience the women now have the knowledge and contacts to support and grow a successful musical career, and they ALSO have a quality recording to launch as a single, but we need your support and donation to make this possible.
Thanks to Creative Partnerships Australia's MATCH program, every dollar you give to the campaign will be matched dollar to dollar, provided we reach our campaign target of $10,000.
CAAMA Music is producing The Alukura Compilation CD. This album will be used as a promotional vehicle to launch the careers of each of these eight women and showcase their immense talent to the rest of Australia and the World.
Let's hear from the girls:
Alice Skye (VIC) "I take great pride in my heritage and to combine both music and my background would bring me an unexplainable amount of pride and happiness."
Thaylia (NSW) "I believe music is my true authentic swing. It is what I was placed here upon this earth to do."
Kelsey Iris (QLD) "I'm so grateful to grow and gain further knowledge personally, as well as a musician & singer-songwriter."
Bec Gollan (SA) "My vision as an artist, is to be respected by my peers and community as an important singer/songwriter - to be an artist who gives back to her community through music by working with young people in a musical capacity."
Kristal West (QLD) "I believe I have a lot space to grow and I truly believe this is the opportunity I have been waiting for."
Miranda Garling (NT) "I feel I have so much to offer the music industry. I have written over 55 songs but have never had the opportunity to record any of them professionally."
Dora Smith (WA) "I believe I have raw talent and would love to share it. I am ready to get out there and be acknowledged as an artist."
Djonna (TAS) "I have a fascination with the role of story and the storyteller in culture and hope to explore its roots and relevance in modern contexts to modern audiences"
How will the money be spent?
Your donation will go directly towards supporting these eight women take their musical dreams to the next level. It's a chance to be part of Australian music history and an opportunity to share the stories, culture and voice of a cross-section of Indigenous women.
The money raised from the crowd-funding campaign will be used to:
- Design the CD album artwork
- Package and print the CD
- Promote each of the 8 singles released from the album with the services of music publicists, radio promoters, social media advertising etc
And the exciting thing is…. If we raise $10,000 Creative Partnerships Australia will match the money dollar for dollar – meaning we'll get $20,000! Which is great because every dollar helps when you're forging a musical journey like this!
You'll feel good for donating AND get rewarded for it!
Here are some presents you'll get as a big THANK YOU for supporting the Alukura Project
$10 Tax deductable donation
$25 LIMITED EDITION ALUKURA CD PACK - Alukura CD + postage
$50 DEADLY PACK - Alukura CD + CM Shirt
$100 WINTER WINDS PACK - Alukura CD + CAAMA Music Hoody
$250 SUPER DUPER MUSIC PACK - CAAMA Music Super Package
(20 Available) consisting of:
- Alukura CD
- CM Hoody
- CM T-Shirt
- 10 classic albums from the CAAMA Music back catalogue
$1,000 SUPER DUPER STUDIO PACK - CAAMA Music Deluxe Package consisting of 1 day recording in CAAMA Music studio with 2 engineers (5 available)
$5,000 SUPER DUPER BRANDING PACK - Become major sponsor of Alukura with your logo on back cover of CD + receive the CAAMA Music Deluxe Package (5 available)
Each person who donates also gets to vote for which single we release first from the album!
Who's behind this campaign
CAAMA Music is Australia's oldest Aboriginal record label. Based in Alice Springs in Central Australia, it has been recording, supporting and promoting Aboriginal music for more than 30 years. CAAMA Music is part of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association, Australia's leading Aboriginal owned and controlled media organisation delivering culturally relevant content that helps preserve and maintain indigenous culture.
CAAMA Music has recorded many legends of the Aboriginal music scene, such as; Warumpi Band, Coloured Stone, Blekbala Mujik, Letterstick Band, Frank Yamma and Warren H. Williams. Current successes include Tjintu Desert Band and Jacinta Price.
CAAMA Music is a not-for-profit record label and has the biggest and best-equipped recording studio in the Northern Territory, made available to all Aboriginal musicians across Australia.