Tura is delighted to share with Gillian Howell the 2020 APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre Art Music Award for Excellence in a Regional Area for the Fitzroy Valley New Music Project. Tura and Gillian alike want to acknowledge and share the award in turn with all our regional partners including Fitzroy Valley District High School, Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre, Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency, Marra Worra Worra Aboriginal Corporation, Baya Gawiy Children and Family Centre, Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre, and Nindilingarri Cultural Health Service.
Gillian and Tura thank APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre for the award and their ongoing essential work, and likewise our fellow finalists in this category and all the winners and finalists in all the categories – keeping Australian culture alive.
Tura congratulates Gillian on her rigorous methodology laid out with boundless energy, all tapping into the endless depths of creativity and inspiration at the roots of the community.
Tura also acknowledges and thanks the Ian Potter Foundation, Heathway promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message, and the Rowley Foundation for enabling the project to grow and flourish, as well as the Australia Council and the WA Department of Local Government, Sport, and Cultural Industries, culture and the arts, for their continuing support.
The Fitzroy Valley New Music Project
The Fitzroy Valley New Music Project is an ongoing community music program based in Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley, Western Australia. The program is facilitated by internationally renowned music educator/composer/performer Gillian Howell as part of Tura New Music’s Regional and Remote Residency program.
2019 was the third year of the FVNMP consisting of a series of residencies that have built, and are building, collaborative foundations and relationships developing music projects through the exchange of ideas: mapping interests; exploring possibilities; assessing skills, and developing creative languages for shared art-making. Participants have learnt to explore music-making together and devising and performing their own music composition. Outcomes include new works (songs and instrumental composition) presented to local audiences and recorded for distribution.
See the full list of award recipients in the Australian Music Centre’s Resonate.