Welcome to the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office

We are excited to share our five-year strategic plan for 2020-2025, as well as a new look and re-branding of the Office. For the latest news, opportunities and more information about our 2021 masterclass series, please follow us on the NATSIMO's Facebook and Instagram.

MISSION STATEMENT

The NATSIMO is an Indigenous-led initiative of APRA AMCOS and peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music creators. We support the growth and development of songwriters and composers and advocate for a thriving, self-determined Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music industry.

VISION

VALUE

  • Help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members to understand the value of their music to advance their careers, and advocate for their rights;

SELF DETERMINATION

  • Promote the growth of a self-determined Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music industry;

CONNECT

  • Connect our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members and the music industry whilst encouraging Best Practice;

ADVANCE

  • Champion opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songwriters and composers to advance their careers;

GOALS

1. Encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led innovation across the music industry

  • Build capacity and develop self-determined pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to operate in the music industry;
  • Nurture and facilitate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in the music industry to increase representation and career opportunities;
  • Support members in their business development;
  • Engage in partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned and operated businesses across APRA AMCOS annual programming.

2. Be a Culturally Safe Space in the Music Industry

  • Provide a space where members and industry feel safe to discuss issues of a nature specific to the advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the music industry;

  • Guide and facilitate meaningful opportunities for a fair, open dialogue between cultural creators and the music industry.
  • To lead the Australian Music Industry by example through the development of internal policies, procedures and pathways alongside APRA AMCOS’ HR Department by putting in place KPI’s with the aim to drive APRA AMCOS towards being a proudly culturally safe and diverse workplace

3. Advocacy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives and industry

  • Develop Best Practice guides and resources specifically for the Music Industry

  • Be influential in the development of national and international policy frameworks;

  • Ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives are considered and represented when liaising with industry and Government agencies

  • Lobby for a culturally diverse music industry fluent in Indigenous protocols;

  • Act in best interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members to ensure their Intellectual Property and Indigenous Cultural Intellectual Property Rights are protected;

4. Support and grow the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander membership of APRA AMCOS

  • Encourage greater understanding of the role of APRA AMCOS amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music creators;
  • Increase APRA AMCOS’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander membership;
  • Increase financial returns to members;
  • Provide dedicated, quality member services;
  • Create more opportunities for members across mainstream APRA AMCOS programming.

Contact

We are here to assist you if you are a music creator, songwriter or composer. 

Reach out to us at natsimo@apra.com.au

Donna Woods
Writer Representative (Brisbane Office)
E dwoods@apra.com.au

Leah Flanagan
National Manager (Darwin Office)
E lflanagan@apra.com.au

APRA AMCOS acknowledges the traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owners of country throughout Australia and pays our respects to them, their culture and their Elders past, present and future.


Photo: LaVonne Bobongie


Have you heard about the PPCA?

While APRA AMCOS looks after the copyright in songs and compositions, the PPCA (Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Limited) administer the copyright in sound recordings. So if you own the rights to your master recordings or you are an artist that records other people’s songs, you should become a member of the PPCA – you may be entitled to royalties from them as well.

To find out more, visit their website. You can contact their Distribution Team on (02) 8569-1133 or distribution.mail@ppca.com.au

APRA AMCOS can also help you with the PPCA joining process, just call or email Donna or Leah at the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office


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