The Bush Bands Program brings together two of Central Australia’s premier music industry events. The Bush Bands Bash and Bush Bands Business provide specifically selected Indigenous musicians from remote communities across Central Australia an opportunity to hone their music and performance skills, gain industry knowledge and put it all to practise at an impressive concert in front of thousands.
Bush Bands Program is a true collaborative partnership across more than a dozen organisations which all have a single goal in mind: the furthering of Australian Indigenous musicians and musicianship.
In 2013 Bush Bands Bash concert came under the management of MusicNT. This created an exciting opportunity for MusicNT to consolidate the Bush Bands Bash with the Bush Bands Business a skills camp that MusicNT have run in conjunction with the concert since 2010. The result has been rebranded as the Bush Bands Program, and forms an integrated approach to the celebration, support and development of contemporary Indigenous musicians from remote Central Australian communities.
The program runs annually and has resulted in a number of great outcomes for Indigenous music including identifying and supporting young Indigenous band managers and creating opportunities for Bush Bands to tour nationally.