Settlement Services International and Australian Women in Music Awards Team Up to Increase Recognition of Diversity in Music

Scarlett Di Maio
| September 12, 2018

Settlement Services International (SSI) has partnered with the inaugural Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA) which will be held 9 – 10 October in Brisbane.

The partnership between SSI and AWMA aims to encourage a spotlight on culturally diverse female artists and music practitioners through the creation of the SSI Diversity in Music Award.

AWMA aims to recognise the contribution and value of First Nations and multicultural performers by acknowledging excellence in artistry and musicianship, technical and production skills, cross-cultural development, songwriting, music education, music photography, film making, management, humanitarian work, leadership and more.

As covered in our story earlier this year, AWMA is the brainchild of founding director and Sydney-based music producer Vicki Gordon, who previously participated in a panel about diversity and gender imbalance at our Contemporary Music Roundtable in 2017. AWMA will present a series of free forums, a key note address by Kate Ceberano, a film screening, a photographic exhibition and unique networking opportunities.

SSI is a leading non-profit community organisation and social business that supports newcomers and other Australians to ‘achieve their full potential’. Over 450 employees, 130 Bilingual Guides and 250 volunteers work with refugees, people seeking asylum and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, to build capacity and enable them to overcome inequality.

SSO also undertakes advocacy work to influence ideas and policy for those who have ‘experienced vulnerability’. SSI also manages projects such as the Humanitarian Settlement Program, which provides essential early support and information to refugees and humanitarian entrants, as well as the SSI Community Innovation Fund, which works to empower community members, leaders and groups to build a stronger, more vibrant and resilient life together in south-west Sydney.

 “The partnership provides an opportunity for first arrivals to engage in a supportive environment set up to empower disadvantaged women through music,” said Vicki Gordon.

“AWMA provides opportunities for networking with First Nations and multi-cultural artists and music practitioners by creating a direct connection to the broader music industry sector.”

 “The Diversity in Music Award aligns with SSI’s Arts and Culture vision of advancing cultural diversity and supporting newly arrived artists to participate and contribute to Australia’s multicultural arts and culture communities,” said SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis

“The collaboration between AWMA and SSI will support diverse communities in building artistic bridges and recognise the wonderful and varied talent that we have here in Australia, and that there really are great opportunities for all who want to contribute.”

To learn more about SSI and ways you can support their programs, head here.

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