Indigenous Women’s Reference Group


MusicNT has recently revived our Reference Group guiding our Indigenous Women’s Music Program (IWMP).  An initial call out was made in the middle of the year with the following women appointed to the Reference Group:  Shellie Morris, Noeletta McKenzie, Mandy Garling, Donna Woods and Cassii Williams.  MusicNT’s IWMP Manager Liz Archer and Indigenous Music Development Officers Philamena McKenzie (Top End) and Kirra Voller (Central Australia) also participate as non-voting members on the Reference Group.

At our first meeting in late August the group discussed the strengths, challenges, opportunities and threats facing Indigenous women in music and facing MusicNT in continuing to offer Divas and Sista Sounds, our flagship IWMP activities.  The group also identified a range of additional activities MusicNT could provide if we were able to attract sufficient funds and practical ways to strengthen our current delivery even further. 

The Reference Group currently has up to 3 vacancies for members and are re-opening our Expressions of Interest from now until 5pm on 23rd November, 2018.  These EOIs will be considered by the group at our next meeting in early December and successful appointees invited to the following meeting in February 2019.  All applicants will be notified of the outcome by mid-December.

Members will be appointed for one year, will participate in at least four meetings and may apply for an additional year of membership.  The first group will remain members until December 2019.

Selection Criteria for membership includes:
• Knowledge of and/or experience in providing IWMP or comparable projects such as Sista Sounds and Divas (whether Desert, Barkly or Saltwater);
• Understanding of and familiarity with remote Indigenous communities in the NT and tri-state region,
• Awareness of opportunities and barriers for Indigenous women and girls from across the NT and the tri-state region as musicians and performers;
• Extensive experience within the music industry whether as a performer, coordinator, producer, mentor, publicist or in other key role/s;
• Strategic and program planning and problem solving skills;
• Availability for at least 4 meetings each year and the capacity to travel to either Alice Springs or Darwin for at least one of these.

To submit your Expression of Interest in joining the IWMP Industry Reference Group, please address the above criteria in writing and email your application, along with a current CV, to MusicNT Central Australian Manager Liz Archer at More information and assistance in preparing your application can be obtained by contacting Liz at our Alice Springs office on (08) 8952 0322 or 0409 073 765.



The members of MusicNT’s new Indigenous Women’s Music Industry Reference Group have been announced! 

“We’re looking forward to working closely with a stellar group of Indigenous women who each bring valued perspectives to our Indigenous Women’s Music Program” said Program Manager, Liz Archer.  “MusicNT has provided innovative development programs for Indigenous women and girls throughout NT and the Tristate region for many years, mainly through our Sista Sounds and Divas initiatives.  We also have an Indigenous Women’s Music Development Plan we’re keen to review in the light of both a changing industry landscape and what we’ve learned through offering these programs and other support.  The Reference group will provide advice on these and any other matters of interest or concern for Indigenous women and girls within the NT music industry.” 

Reference Group members include Shellie Morris, Noeletta McKenzie, Mandy Garling, Donna Velia Woods and Cassi Williams, all of whom have professional performance backgrounds and some of whom have toured nationally and internationally.  Members also bring many years experience with music development programs and processes and first hand knowledge of how these can best happen throughout different regions in the Territory.  MusicNT staff Philamena McKenzie, Kirra Voller and Liz Archer will also join the group to ensure its work both informs and is informed by the day to day running of the programs. 

The group was selected following a call out from MusicNT and is set to start with a full day workshop/meeting in August followed by quarterly conference calls.  Members will remain on the Reference Group for the next 18 months.

For more information about the Reference Group or MusicNT’s development programs for Indigenous girls and women, call Liz on (08) 8952 0322 or 0409 073 765.  Interested parties are also welcome to contact Liz if they wish to raise items for the Reference Group to consider.