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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

More Indigenous artists to get the chance to Breakthrough

Media release
4 December 2009
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A second round of the contemporary Indigenous music program Breakthrough: Emerging Indigenous contemporary musicians recording initiative will help three more artists/groups produce a professional CD for commercial release.

Arts Minister Peter Garrett announced the second round of Breakthrough funding at the launch of Unstoppable Force, a hip-hop album by 2009 Breakthrough recipients, Street Warriors.

Breakthrough is an initiative of the Cultural Ministers Council and in 2010 is providing funding of up to $25,000 for three emerging Indigenous musicians or groups to cover the costs of producing a professional recording that can be played on radio and sold commercially,” Mr Garrett said.

Funding can go towards:

“Abie and Warwick Wright, who make up Street Warriors, are to be congratulated for their great album Unstoppable Force - the first produced with Breakthrough funding from the first round. It is a great achievement and a testament to their talent.

Street Warriors were among a number of artists selected in the first round of the program by the assessment panel comprising music industry professionals Christine Anu, Rhoda Roberts and Rob Collins.

“Music is such a great vehicle of expression and creativity for young Indigenous Australians and I can't wait to see what new talent is discovered in 2010,” Mr Garrett said.

More information about Breakthrough is available at: www.arts.gov.au/indigenous/breakthrough 

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