Bush Bands Business

Bush Bands Business (BBBiz) is a skills & industry development camp for the bands selected to play in the Bush Bands Bash. BBBiz is part of MusicNT’s professional development program and connects more than 80 of the leading Indigenous musicians and songwriters from Central Australia with top music industry mentors for three days of workshops, rehearsals and discussions.

2018 Bush Bands Business

The list of mentors for 2018 included Dixie Battersby (Publicist from Dixie Battersby Publicity), Brian Ritchie (Artistic Director MOFO Festival and Violent Femmes), Warren H. Williams (Guitarist & singer-songwriter), Mark Smith (Executive Director, MusicNT), Phillip Eaton (APRA NT Writers Services Representative), Michael Hutchings & Chris O’Neill (APRA AMCOS), Deb Suckling (SugarRush Music, Director), Emily Murphy (Association of Artists Managers), Shellie Morris (Singer-songwriter), Chelsea Bell (multi instrumentalist from SkyEater), Robert Champion (Guitarist & singer-songwriter) and many more.

2017 Bush Bands Business

The list of mentors for 2017 included Paula "Jonesy" Jones (Publicist - Midnight Oil, John Butler, Paul Kelly), Brian Ritchie (Artistic Director MOFO Festival and Violent Femmes), Jeremy Whiskey (Guitarist & singer-songwriter), Mark Smith (Executive Director, MusicNT), Drew Goddard (Karnivool), Phillip Eaton (APRA NT Writers Services Representative), Michael Hutchings (APRA AMCOS), Nigel Bird (West Australian Music, Regional Officer), Dougie Pipe (Alice Springs based drummer), Deb Suckling (SugarRush Music, Director), Buzz Bidstrup (Association of Artists Managers) and many more.

See more photos of Bush Bands Business 2017 here. 

2016 Bush Bands Business

The impressive list of mentors for 2016 included: Peter Garrett (Midnight Oil), Brian Ritchie (Artistic Director MOFO Festival and Violent Femmes), Anna Laverty (Producer/Engineer), Dave Crowe (Musician/Producer and Sing Hum Director), Buzz Bidstrup (Association of Artists Managers), Michael Hutchings (APRA AMCOS), Paula 'jonesy' Jones (jones PR), Monique Rothstein (Inbound guest - PR and Management), Craig Spann (Inbound guest), Chris Johnson (Amrap) and more. MusicNT would like to thank The Seed Fund for their ongoing and long-term support of the mentor program.

See photos from Bush Bands Business here.

2015 Bush Bands Business

The 2015 Bush Bands Business was held on September 1-4 at Ross River Resort. The bands involved included Eastern Reggae, Creekside Reggae Band, D7'z Hill Boyz & E-Town Boyz, Iwantja, Desert Mulga and Tjintu Desert Band and Rayella thanks to Sandtracks. Mentors at the 2015 Bush Bands Business included: Seed Fund Mentors Brian Ritchie (musician & Artistic Director of MOFO Festival Hobart), Paula 'jonesy' Jones (Director of jones PR), Reggae Dave (musician). Inbound guests Susan Heymann (Chugg Entertainment), Phedra Watts (Nannup Music Festival WA), Michael Hutchins (APRA/AMCOS). Association of Arts Managers: Greg Carey Director (Umbrella Arts Management), Buzz Bidstrup (Jimmy Little Foundation). Tjintu Desert Band, Rayella, Phillip Eaton (APRA/AMCOS), Paolo Fabris and Cain Gilmore (CDU) and Amy Hetherington (MusicNT). Sound and stage support from Winanjjikari Music Centre and CAAMA Music.


The 2014 Bush Bands Business welcomed bands from across Central Australia to Ross River for intensive rehearsals and music skills workshops before the 11th annual Bush Bands Bash. Ths bands involved included North Tanami, Barkly Boys, Kiwirrkurra, Musgrave and Rayella. The bands were mentored by a range of music industry professionals from the Territory and across Australia including: Blekbala Mujik (Sandtracks touring band from Arnhem Land), Running Water (Sandtracks touring band from Kintore) Warren H Williams (Central Desert singer/songwriter), Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes), Paula (jonesy) Jones (jones PR), Delwyn Everard (Arts Law), Phillip Eaton & Micahel Hutchings (APRA), Dave Crowe (Alice Springs singer/songwriter).

Check out the photos from the 2014 Bush Bands Business here.

2013 Bush Bands Business

The 2013 BBBiz was held at Ross River Resort in the lead up to the 10th annual Bush Bands Bash. More than 80 Indigenous musicians attended the skills development camp and were provided with three days of workshops, rehearsals and discussions from top music industry mentors. The bands selected for the 2013 Bush Bands Business were Eastern Reggae (Santa Teresa), Max and the Cruizers (Hermannsburg), Running Water Band (Kintore), Wampana Band (Yuendumu and Lajamanu), Sunset Band (Wanarn) and WMC All Stars (Tennant Creek). Joining these bands as part of the Sandtracks Tour were The Sandridge Band (Borroloola) and Nabarlek (Manmoyi).  Some of the industry mentors at the 2013 program included Nicky Bomba (Percussionist, The Melbourne Ska Orchestra), Oscar Jimenez (Guitarist), Jose Nieto (Songwriter & Guitarist), Paolo Fabris (Vocal Coach from CDU), Paula 'jonesy' Jones (Publicist, jones PR) and David Leha aka Radical Son (Singer). 

Check out the photos from Bush Bands Business 2013 here.

2012 Bush Bands Business

In 2012 the bands attending Bush Bands Business represented the far reaches of Central Australian remote community music. Bands included The Sandridge Band (Boroloola, NT), Southeast Desert Metal (Santa Teresa, NT), Desert Mulga (Nyirripi, NT), Irrunytju Band (Irrunytju, WA), Sunshine Reggae (Haasts Bluff, NT), and Central Reggae (Fregon, SA). Joining these bands as part of the Sandtracks Tour were the Tjupi Band (Papunya, NT), and Blackstone Band (Blackstone WA). Some of the music mentors at the 2012 BBBiz included Paula ‘jonesy’ Jones from jones PR (thanks to a partnership with the Seed Fund), Bill Cullen from One Louder management agency, Delwyn Everhard from Arts Law and Michael Hutchings from APRA.