International Women’s Day saw the Aussie music industry turn out and support the badass ladies currently on their grind. In Melbourne, the One of One International Women’s Day Breakfast saw the debut of a brand new initiative helmed by Bakehouse Studios and Bad Apples. The newly established award has been crafted with the aim of helping to acknowledge, celebrate and help the talents of emerging first peoples musicians further develop.
Along with a cash prize of $2000, the award also grants the musician with Yamaha-provided instruments, mentorship from Briggs and access to the Bakehouse Studios’ facilities for one month. Yesterday, the recipient of the award for 2018 was announced – Alice Skye.
The 22 year old Wegaia woman accepted her award during the breakfast at Melbourne’s Abbotsford Convent and has shared her thoughts on what such an initiative stands to bring.
“I’m beyond grateful to have been chosen for this award. Having the support of people in the industry, especially women, is what’s made such a difference for me. I also think it’s really encouraging to see the industry putting support into black artists, and for me personally this award has strengthened my confidence and really is that big reminder that I am doing what I’m meant to be doing (and that I can do what I want to be doing). Combining that with having access to equipment that I wouldn’t have without this support makes me feel so unbelievably thankful and excited for what’s next.”
Check out the full details about the prize, below!
- $2000 cash
- an invitation to the Bakehouse Studios Artist in Residence program, with a month’s use of the studio facilities
- Keyboard and stand compliments of Yamaha
- Mentoring from Briggs and Bad Apples
- a showcase at this year’s yet to be revealed MPavillion, designed by award-winning Spanish architect Carme Pinós.
- a photographic portrait from Michelle Grace-Hunder (Her Sound, Her Story), with a large-scale paste up installation at Bakehouse Studios, as part of the Bakehouse Hoddle St art project.