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Bringing a link to Indigenous music and tourism

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Minister for Resources and Energy, Minister for Tourism

Bringing a Link to Indigenous Music and Tourism 09 July 2012

A new study funded through a $78,000 Strategic Tourism Investment Grant (STIG) will investigate opportunities for Indigenous cultural practice and performance.

The Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson AM MP, today announced STIG funding for four Indigenous tourism projects through the four-year, $40 million T-QUAL Grants program.

The Centre for Tourism, Leisure and Work, at Southern Cross University, received a grant to study investment potential in Indigenous experiences.

The project will focus on the feasibility of two key products - ‘Songlines: Indigenous Musical Journeys’ to link festivals and performers into the world music movement and Nomads Palace to create a travelling performance space for indigenous music and culture.

Minister Ferguson congratulated the Centre for Tourism, Leisure and Work for their successful application.

“This project will enable Australia to more effectively target the international market segment that is interested in world music and bring Indigenous music and culture to Australia’s cities and towns,” said Minister Ferguson.

“The STIG funding will allow the centre to investigate the feasibility of creating a network linking festivals with Indigenous performers and the world music scene.

“The study will focus on the feasibility of creating a mobile performance space to travel across the country showcasing Indigenous stories, art, dance and song at major festivals and events to broaden the geographic reach of performances.”

T-QUAL Grants are awarded through a competitive, merit-based process to create sustainable economic growth in the tourism industry. Further information is available at:

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