MusicNT is developing a Strategic Plan to help set the directions for Women in Music across the NT. This will be the first plan to address the ongoing disadvantages faced by women in music across different regions, at different stages of their artistic development and from different perspectives within our NT music industry.
Whilst there is little current data around women’s involvement in the NT music industry, triple j's Hack has been reporting on the gender gap in Australian music since 2016. The annual By the Numbers Report shows that whilst roughly equal numbers of women and men study music, women’s overall representation at festivals, as headline acts, on radio, in music awards and collecting royalties is significantly lower.
In our recent Territory Sounds Countdown of the Top 40 NT tracks of all time as voted by the NT public, only 3 artists (4 songs), were female despite the number and range of strong and vibrant women singers, songwriters and musicians across the NT.
MusicNT is keen to address this disparity and to set some clear directions for how this can be achieved, including identifying what role/s our organisation can play in supporting contemporary, independent female identifying artists and our Central Australian Manager Liz Archer is set to lead these consultations, supported by Jessie Grainer our Indigenous Music Development Officer.
We are consulting widely with the sector and keen to hear from as many different people as possible – singers and musicians, songwriters, producers, sound engineers, managers, venue operators, media and punters who enjoy live or recorded music. People who are not living in or based in the NT but who have connections with industry here are also welcome to contribute.
Participate in a group consultation. If you identify as female you can come along to either or both an open and a womens' sessions. Everyone is welcome to participate in our open sessions.
Alternatively, you can book in a time for an individual consultation with Liz throughout August and September. If the consultation team is visiting your region, this can be in person, otherwise Liz is happy to link via Zoom or over the phone.
Group sessions are as follows:
Alice Springs: RedHOT Arts, 67 Bath St.
Womens' – Thurs 27th Aug, 12:30 pm – 3pm
Open – Thurs 27th Aug, 5pm – 7:30 pm
Tennant Creek: Barkly Regional Arts
Womens' - Mon 31st Aug, 12:30 pm – 3pm
Open – Mon 31st Aug, 5 pm – 7:30 pm
Katherine: venue TBC
Open – Wed 2nd Sep, 5pm – 7:30 pm
Darwin: MusicNT, 8 McMinn St
Open – Thurs 3rd Sep, 5pm – 7:30 pm
Womens' – Fri 4th Sep. 12:30 pm – 3pm
To RSVP, get more information, or book an individual consultation, contact Liz via email firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile 0409 073 765.