Seven local organisations given funding via Sony Music Group’s Justice Fund
Seven organisations in Australia will be the beneficiaries of Sony Music Group’s Global Justice Fund.
The US$100 million global fund fund is part of Sony Music Group’s commitment to support social justice and anti-racism initiatives around the world.
Damian Trotter, managing director of Sony Music Publishing in Australia, said he was excited and humbled to reveal the seven beneficiaries, almost all of which are run by First Nations Australians.
“They are all doing incredible work on behalf of their communities in major centres, as well as regional and remote parts of the country. It’s a great privilege to be able to stand alongside our friends within these organisations in allyship along the road to help redress the many years of systemic disadvantage, racial injustice and the ensuing intergenerational trauma that has beset Indigenous Australians for the nearly 250 years since the British Colony was established without a Treaty, recognition or a ceding of their sovereignty,” he said.
The full details of the organisations – Barpirdhila Foundation, Deadly Connections, GO Foundation, the Gurrumul Yunupingu Foundation, the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence, Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Corporation, and Weave Youth & Community Services – can be found below.
Michael O’Loughlin, co-founder of the GO Foundation, thanked Sony Music Publishing for its generous donation.
“This donation will have a significant impact on the work we do with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to fulfil their aspirations,” he said. “We appreciate support from organisations who share similar values and beliefs that together we can continue to promote and showcase Indigenous excellence.”
The first seven Australian beneficiaries from Sony Music Group’s Global Social Justice Funs are:
Barpirdhila Foundation is an Aboriginal-led charity organisation aiming to create sustainable excellence for and with First Nations people and communities within the arts by developing, nurturing and supporting First Nations excellence within the creative industries by creating spaces and programs for emerging and established First Nations artists.
Deadly Connections positively disrupts intergenerational disadvantage, grief, loss and trauma by providing holistic, culturally responsive interventions and services to First Nations people and communities, particularly those who have been impacted by the child protection and/or justice systems.
GO Foundation was founded by Sydney Swans legends Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin and provides scholarships to Indigenous students who live with family, in community and on Country from kindergarten through to university in public and independent schools. Through a GO scholarship, students access the tools and resources they need to ensure their journey through school is as rich and rewarding as possible.
The Gurrumul Yunupingu Foundation‘s to realise their full potential and contribute to culturally vibrant and sustainable communities. The Foundation identifies, supports and resources the development of arts and cultural programs that enable remote Indigenous young people to contribute to culturally vibrant and sustainable communities.
The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence is a social enterprise that aims to build capability and create opportunities with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia. The Centre offers dorm-style accommodation, conference facilities, an indigenous catering service, gymnasium and co-working spaces and operates a number of community support programmes including Indigenous Digital Excellence (IDX), Job Ready and Talking About Tobacco Use (TATU).
Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Corporation is a community organisation initiated and directed by Aboriginal people with Aboriginal Elders and was established by concerned Aboriginal people with a view to spread and vitalise Aboriginal culture and provide economic and social stability. The Corporation provides quality training for employment skills and extends everyday practical assistance by distributing food and groceries to struggling families.
Weave Youth & Community Services provides a range of services that include practical support, housing referral support, counselling, mental health services, drug and alcohol support, access to education and employment opportunities. Their vision is to empower people to change their lives and a strong, connected community that values its members with opportunities and justice for all.