Bush Bands Business – Skills Development for Indigenous Musicians

By Delwyn Everard and Donna Carstens on 18th December 2013

In September 2013, Delwyn Everard and Donna Carstens travelled to the beautiful surrounds of Ross River near Alice Springs to participate in the Bush Bands Business camp. This is the third consecutive year that Arts Law’s Artists in the Black program has partnered with Music NT in a unique professional development program for Indigenous bands.


Arts Law 2013 Pro Bono Awards

By Arts Law Centre of Australia on 24th June 2013

On Wednesday 29th May 2013, Arts Law celebrated the pro bono work of lawyers around the country who give back through their pro bono work in the arts community. For the last 9 years, Arts Law has commissioned a print to award to 30 lawyers celebrating their significant pro bono contribution. 


Bush Band Business 2012

By Delwyn Everard on 26th September 2012

In 2012, Artists in the Black (AITB) was invited again by Music NT to participate in Bush Bands Business (BBBiz).  Held at the breathtaking Ross River Resort, Bush Bands Business is the professional development and mentoring program for the eight Indigenous bush bands chosen to perform at the Bash in Alice Springs during the annual Desert Festival.


Arts Law advocates for Greater Transparency in Fees charged by Copyright Collecting Societies

By Delwyn Everard and Marie-Christin Stenzel on 4th April 2012

Arts Law has successfully pursued changes to the information available on the websites of three major Australian collecting societies. We were concerned about the calculation of the commissions they deduct from the royalties collected on behalf of their members.


Whitehouse Scores A Master Licensing Deal For its First Album

By Delwyn Everard and Michael Jones on 4th April 2012

In June 2011, Arts Law was approached by Grant Saunders aka Sonic Nomad of Sydney band Whitehouse.   Formed in 2006 and boasting an Aboriginal frontline and a Sri-Lankan rhythm section, the band won the Indigenous Emerging Artists grant in 2010 and its self-funded debut album is due for release in late 2011.


Solid Arts Update

By Robyn Ayres on 21st December 2011

Solid Arts provides a toolkit of resources on respecting and protecting Indigenous intellectual property. The 3 year project was funded by the Cultural Ministers Council and will enter its final phase in 2012.


Arts Law in the Kimberley: a facebook story

By Arts Law Centre of Australia on 21st December 2011

Arts Law's facebook page already has 466 fans and is a source of current news on legal and political  issues affecting the Australian and international arts industries as well as keeping you up-to-date on new resources available from Arts Law.


Arts Law in the Northern Territory

By Arts Law Centre of Australia on 26th September 2011

In mid-September Arts Law senior solicitor Delwyn Everard and Aboriginal Liaison Officer Shian Se'l-Barker travelled through the Northern Territory on a trip advising Indigenous musicians and artists. Here Shian recounts the experience.


From WIPO, Geneva: IGC 19 Report

By Trish Adejei and Louise Buckingham on 26th September 2011

The 19th session of WIPO’s Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) was held in Geneva, WIPO Headquarters, 18-22 July 2011. We (Trish Adjei and Louise Buckingham) went along as observers for Arts Law. We were also privileged to participate in the Indigenous Caucus during the meeting.


Musicians in the Black Update

By Delwyn Everard on 11th July 2011

In Balgo in remote north Western Australia, a small group of musicians sit in the exhibition space of Warlayirti Artists Centre  discussing the bands they play in, how they make decisions and what they should call themselves. They like the sound of "The Lost Boys" but think there might be another band somewhere in Queensland using that name. Behind them is the new purpose built recording studio built at the art centre in recognition of the emerging Indigenous musical talent in a community better known for its visual artists – including Eubena Nampitjin, Elizabeth Nyumi, Boxer Milner and  Helicopter Tjungurrayi.


Musicians in the Black

By Delwyn Everard on 31st March 2011

Arts Law is delighted to announce that the launch of the workshop component of its Musicians in the Black project will be at the WAMi Music Festival to be held in Perth from 21 - 28 May 2011. The WAMi Festival is an annual festival run by the West Australian Music Industry Association, which celebrates WA’s thriving contemporary music community.


Solids Arts – Respecting and protecting Indigenous intellectual property

By Robyn Ayres on 31st March 2011

In 2010 the Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law) was contracted through the Cultural Ministers Council to further develop the Indigenous intellectual property toolkit resource over three years (2010-2012). This project has been titled Solid Arts and will include a resources across a number of mediums.


Working With The Arts Law Centre: A Lawyer’s Perspective

By Tim Golder on 30th September 2010

A look at some of the rewarding pro bono work provided by Allens Arthur Robinson for an Indigenous visual artist through Arts Law.


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