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Strengthening and promoting indigenous engagement in music

Source: Music Australia

Arts Empower Foundation Limited (Arts Empower!) is a new charitable organisation, currently operating within the Northern Territory. Arts Empower! is dedicated to empowering young people and their communities to achieve their creative potential through sustainable quality arts education programs. (Please note – you won’t yet find them online as their website is still in development).

In the company’s first year, Arts Empower! has begun direct and intensive work with schools in regional and remote Australia. Yuendumu, Bulman, Gunbalanya and Maningrida Schools have been working with Music: Count Us In and Arts Empower! to develop student and community engagement with music. All four schools are now participating in Music: Count Us In – Australia’s biggest schools initiative. They join a community of over half a million students from more than 2,100 schools in this annual celebration of music and music education.

Arts Empower! have been working with the Yuendumu School and Yuendumu community to develop an Indigenous translation of the 2016 Music: Count Us In Program Song, ‘Let It Play’. The song has now been translated into Walpiri language. Walpiri is the most commonly spoken Indigenous language of the Yuendumu area in the Northern Territory. Over 95 percent of students at Yuendumu School speak Walpiri as their first language. The translation was facilitated by Arts Empower! and Music: Count Us In would like to thank Yuendumu School, the Yuendumu community and Arts Empower! for their wonderful contribution to Music: Count Us In 2016.

The Walpiri translation of ‘Let It Play’ has been released with a special lesson plan, accessible to anyone who registers or is already registered for Music: Count Us In 2016. The lesson plan and audio resources are available from the ‘For Teachers’ page of the Music: Count Us In website. All resources for Music: Count Us In are free. You simply need to register and login to access these resources.

Music: Count Us In is proud to partner with Arts Empower! in developing Indigenous Education Resources for Music: Count Us In and in promoting the work of Indigenous students, teachers and communities in the Northern Territory.

Registration for Music: Count Us In is free. Register now.



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