Funders: AusAID, the Australian High Commission, Fest’Napuan, Southern Cross University, Further Arts, Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre, Griffith University, The Christensen Fund
In 2010, Further Arts and Fest’Napuan initiated the Women in Music Project. For the first time ever, Fest’Napuan had an official “theme”. In acknowledging the gender imbalance in the industry, the organisers decided to theme the event as Women in Music to encourage greater participation by young women and to provide a safe and attractive atmosphere to facilitate this.
The WIM Committee was made up entirely of women. Further, the WIM Committee formed the founding board for the establishment of the Pacific Women’s Musik Alliance which is the agent for fundraising through international donors. As part of this project, WIM was engaged in:
- Bringing in international women artists to perform from around the Pacific
- Asking all local performing bands to feature at least one song sung by a woman, and other requirements for involvement of women (this is still being worked out)
- Bringing in two women’s kastom groups from Maewo and Aneityum to perform
Forming an all-woman supergroup of prominent local women artists to perform