The Migrant Resource Centre, Southern Tasmania, has established a new program to support, showcase and celebrate the state’s multicultural musicians and performers. Called Inspire Tasmania, the initiative aims to connect event organisers with arts practitioners.
At the program’s heart is an eponymous website, which profiles performers across six categories: dancers, musicians, contemporary performers, cultural performers, hip hop artists and public speakers. Visitors can browse listings and choose a performer, then submit a request form. Further liaising occurs directly between the two parties.
Another important component of the initiative is a performance training program, conducted by Exit Left Performance Academy, which covers refinement of performance and presentation skills, negotiation and management of paid work and tips for showcasing and promoting one’s talents to a wide audience.
To apply for inclusion on the website, a performer must complete this program or come with a recommendation from a well-respected source in the Australian entertainment industry. Also necessary are professional photographs and a brief biography.
The Migrant Resource Centre launched Inspire Tasmania on 22 June at a red carpet event, to an audience of VIPs and prominent figures from the Tasmanian entertainment industry.
“We get a range of calls for multicultural performers and speakers and we thought it would be a good idea to promote that more in the community,” said Catherine Doran, settlement and community services manager at the centre, in an interview with the ABC. “I’ve had people call up and ask about multicultural performers and I’ve had to dive deep into my contacts; this will hopefully make it easier for people to get in touch.”
Inspire Tasmania receives funding from the Department of State Growth, the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Communities, Sport and Recreation.