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Music in Exile is a new initiative aimed at creating space for artists working in culturally or linguistically diverse communities in Australia. We hope to use the resources at our disposal to collaborate with artists and share some of their incredible stories. Music in Exile is very much an artist-driven initiative; we aim only to offer our services where it is desired, to listen to artists and collaborate with them in building a trajectory for their careers in Australia. We firmly believe in the principle of ‘nothing about us without us’, and undertake our activity accordingly. The project is also carried out without any desire for profit – all income from our activities will go directly to the artists.
Some of our goals include –
To research and find out more about artists living in Australia from diverse cultural backgrounds. Do they feel they have access to the resources and audiences they need to work within the music industry?
To collaborate with artists in sharing their story, in the hope of increasing visibility and opportunity.
To collaborate with artists in the hope of creating opportunities for growth within the Australian music industry – for example in creating industry networks, performance and recording opportunities, and an avenue for releasing music.
We approach this undertaking with an open mind, ready to learn and alter our approach according to the desires of those we are working with.
We hope to encourage others in our community to welcome and listen to those around them, to always be open to learning and discussion, remembering the simple link of humanity that we all share.
Love & peace!
Joe Alexander and Angela Schilling
The above figure reflects actual amounts paid directly to Music in Exile artists so far as a result of our activity!