2020 First Nations Emerging Career Development Award
About the 2020 recipients
Jazz Money is an award-winning poet, filmmaker and educator of Wiradjuri heritage currently based on the beautiful land of the Gundungurra and Darug nations. Her poetry has been published widely, and reimagined as murals, installation and film. Jazz is the 2020 winner of the David Unaipon Award from the State Library of Queensland, and her first collection of poetry to be published by UQP in 2021.
Justin Grant is a proud Walrpiri / Jawoyn man and a film director. His career in the film industry began over 13 years ago; initially as an actor with a Diploma of Theatre Performing Arts from Victoria University, followed by becoming a skilled writer and progressed into completing a Masters Degree of Film and T.V. at the Victorian College of the Arts – Melb Uni. Justin graduated in 2018 with Honour Marks and won a Special Recognition Award for his graduating film – A Piece of Us; he was also nominated for a Victorian Indigenous Performing Arts Award in 2013 for Dingos Baby.CO-INVESTING WITH AUSTRALIA COUNCIL
2019 First Nations Emerging Career Development Award
About the 2019 recipient
The successful recipient is Rhyan Clapham, better known as the acclaimed rapper, musician and composer Dobby. Dobby proudly identifies as a Filipino and Aboriginal musician. His family is from Brewarrina on Ngemba land, and is a member of the Murrawarri Republic in Weilmoringle, NSW. The 2018 release of his self-titled ‘Dobby’ EP was written and produced by him, leading to a highly successful tour which included performances at BIGSOUND, Sydney Opera House, Surry Hills Festival, OzAsia Festival in Adelaide, Australian Music Week and No Place Like Home.
About the award
The Australia Council launched the First Nations Emerging Career Development Award in 2019. These $10,000 awards have been established to help further the career of emerging First Nations artists or arts workers aged between 18-30 years old, living in Australia or overseas. The award is open to all arts disciplines including dance, literature, poetry, visual arts, theatre, community arts and music, and can fund a wide variety of career development opportunities including study, course work and masterclasses.