Music – Made Deadly

Made Deadly is a developmental program for aspiring and emerging music artists, both youth and adults. Aboriginal youth are supported with active mentoring, coaching, training, recording and performance opportunities. The potential for these young people to develop their talent and progress towards an income earning pathway is significant and real.

Made Deadly aims to connect established musicians and emerging musicians, helping them to achieve further opportunities in music performance and recording, strengthening their capacity to lead local events and conceive recording projects. SWFW and our partners Grow the Music (GTM) continue to support the participants after the program, with the view to creating employment opportunities and a long-term, sustainable model for music in their community, through media and community promotion.

Made Deadly is designed to help to boost self-confidence, increase self-esteem and instil a sense of hope for young musicians to be able to progress in a musical career. SWFW looks to help them bridge the intersection of traditional culture and contemporary music in a way that inspires young artists to be creative and flourish.

Indigenous Contemporary music can be an interpretive evolution of traditional storytelling and the variety of styles and artforms that emerge only serve to enrich Aboriginal culture and engage Aboriginal youth.

SWFW has successfully delivered three Made Deadly programs. In 2018 we conceived the concept of developing and mentoring Aboriginal musicians and vocal artists through a series of open mic sessions held throughout the ten Aboriginal communities on the Mid North Coast. Artists were selected by a carefully chosen panel and finalists from these open mic sessions were provided mentoring sessions with recognised professionals in the music industry.

Finalists were showcased on the main stage at the annual SWFW Festival. Due to the success of the 2018 program, we secured additional funding to run a second program in 2019, with increased participation from the communities.
In 2020 we focused on our young people and worked with local high-schools to attract young Aboriginal musicians and vocal artists, providing mentoring to facilitate their development. Due to COVID restrictions we re-engineered the finals event which was filmed without a live audience and livestreamed