A Call for Songwriters: Singing from Country

What is on offer?

Many Victorians are street-wise but not land-literate.  Music can communicate love for land, deepen knowledge of country and strengthen community.

Victoria was once a place where approximately 40 indigenous languages were spoken.  These languages spoke richly of our land and the wisdom of how to care for it.  This knowledge, now shared by environmentalists from all walks of life is needed now more than ever.

‘Singing from Country’ is an innovative project which aims to inspire songwriters, choirs and other community members to learn about, appreciate and celebrate Country.

The project will gather songwriters, Aboriginal knowledge-holders, naturalists and ecologists through workshops sharing knowledge of Country – a creative, collaborative process leading to a celebratory concert.

From the project will come songs that help reconnect people to place. Recordings will provide a resource for choirs and a video will document the project.

Singing from Country will run in collaboration with VACL (The Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages) and Connecting Country. The project is funded by Regional Arts Victoria to run between May 2016 and March 2017 in regional areas, which broadly encompass Dja Dja Wurrung Country*.  This will be a pilot for a statewide project.

For more information on applying to be a Singing From Country Songwriter visit the Opportunities page.


The Singing from Country Steering Group, representing all the project partners, have appointed a selection panel who will review all applications and select 4 songwriters to undertake the main aspect of this project.

The panel will choose songwriters who:

  1. Are willing to use a collaborative, relationship-building approach which draws on the wisdom of traditional land owners, naturalists and the ecological partners of this project to compose 2 songs (see note 1 below), 2. Can show a connection to the Project Region (see note 2 below), 3. Can produce songs which are suitable for ‘choir friendly’ arrangements, 4. Are available to perform the songs in a showcase concert to be held in late November in either Castlemaine, Daylesford or Bendigo 5. Are available to attend at least one Singing from Country Workshop to be held on Sept 11 and October 9 in the one of the above towns.

Applications in writing to sfc@cmvic.org.au by 5th June, 2016 will include:

  1. A cover letter addressing the 5 criteria above. 2. Your CV with evidence of songwriting, choir work, collaboration and performance. 3. A link to recordings of 2 songs, which would demonstrate your suitability to be selected for this project.

Aboriginal people are encouraged to apply.

Note 1: Remuneration Songwriters will be paid $900 for attendance at least one Singing from Country Workshop and composing 2 songs.  There will be an additional performance payment for the final concert.

Note 2: Connection to the region* We welcome applications from people who can show a connection to a region which forms a large part of central Victoria –Dja Dja Wurrung Country…’from Creswick and Daylesford in the southeast to Castlemaine, Maldon and Bendigo in the east, Boort in the north, Donald in the northwest, to Navarre Hill and Mount Avoca marking the southwest boundary. Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation (2014), Dhelkunya Dja, Dja Dja Wurrung Country Plan, 2014- 2034. The Singing from Country pilot project will be conducted in the southeast corner of this Country – the shires of Hepburn, Mount Alexander and Greater Bendigo.

Contact Details

  • Contact Name: Community Music Victoria


Geelong, Victoria, Australia

A Call for Songwriters: Singing from Country

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

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