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22 April 2016

An emerging hip-hop artist, a creative producer and an education manager have been named as the latest funding recipients via the Indigenous Professional Development program.

The program supports the professional development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts practitioners and arts-workers residing in Victoria through grants enabling participation in local and international events, including conferences, markets, expos, festivals, exhibitions, and short courses.

The grant recipients are as follows:

Naretha Williams – $2,500

Naretha recently joined ILBIJERRI Theatre Company as a creative producer and is responsible for managing international touring productions for the company.

Funding will support Naretha to attend the Western Arts Alliance Conference in Los Angeles in September 2016.

The conference will enable Naretha, who is in the early stages of her theatre producing career, to build her leadership capability and grow her networks with presenters and artists in the USA.

Nathan Bird – $2,000

Known by his stage name Birdz, Nathan is an emerging rapper/hip-hop artist. He has recently signed to Aboriginal-owned record label, Bad Apples Music, which supports emerging and established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. 

Funding will support Nathan to attend the Brisbane BIGSOUND music industry conference, including event workshops, in September 2016.

Kamarra Bell-Wykes – $1,050

Kamarra is the Education & Learning Manager for ILBIJERRI Theatre Company. 

Funding will enable Kamarra to attend the ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts) Congress being held in Melbourne in May/June 2016. 

The congress, which will focus on First Nations artists, provides the opportunity for extension of professional networks with artists and arts-workers from around the world, as well as a platform for international cultural and arts education exchange.