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Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir’s long-standing relationship with Cairns State High School is an integral part of the choir’s program. The choir and school proudly recognise the importance both play in each other’s culture.
“It’s the access to experiences that make most people take for granted nowadays – that’s what makes Gondwana so special. I really don’t think people understand how much our young Indigenous students gain from being part of the program.
I also don’t think people understand how expert and technical the choirs are. They are truly impressive artists.”
Cairns State High School
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Trusts and Foundations
Crown Resorts Foundation and the Packer Family Foundation provide support for Gondwana Choirs activities in Western Sydney, including:
the Western Sydney Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir (2015-2018), providing world-class training and performance opportunities to Indigenous children in Western Sydneyy, and
the newly formed Sydney Children’s Choir program at Fairfield Public School, where strong interest from schools and a significant supportive relationship with STAARTS, we have commenced engaging schools with a high percentage of refugee children.
Gondwana Choirs is most grateful to the Magnolia Foundation for its ongoing support of Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir, enabling talented young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the opportunity to participate in one of the country’s most exciting performing and choral training groups.
One of the most important core values of Gondwana Choirs is that of Accessibility. We believe that all our young people deserve the opportunity to participate in our programs and to perform at a professional level with the finest ensembles in the country.
The conduit for these affected choristers and their families is Gondwana Choirs Bursary Fund which is supported by personal giving and trusts and foundations. Each year, 100% of the Bursary Fund is distributed to successful applicants. Applications are considered by a Board-appointed panel consisting of Executive Director Bernie Heard, Board Member Karen Mundine (CEO, Reconciliation Australia) and the relevant program managers.
Gondwana Choirs is most grateful for the major contribution to the Bursary Fund from the Marian & E.H Flack Trust, enabling choristers to participate in Sydney Children’s Choir and National Choral School.
Major Partner | Venue Sponsor
The University of Notre Dame is Gondwana Choir’s newest Education Partner, hosting weekday and Saturday rehearsals of Sydney Children’s Choir at the University’s Broadway Campus.
Gondwana Choirs is excited to be major partners with UNSW for National Choral School since 2017. This two-week intensive camp makes the most of the University’s extensive rehearsal venues and residential accommodation. Additionally, the University’s primary performance space, the John Clancy Auditorium, is at the heart of the annual Festival of Summer Voices, the performances that are the culmination of the national ensembles during the residency.
The Indigenous Languages and Arts program supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to revive and maintain languages, and to develop and present art.
Support from ILA is enabling Gondwana Choirs to commission new works in language and collect local Indigenous stories to be told in music and books illustrated by choristers.
Gondwana Choirs is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.
Create NSW is the NSW Government’s new arts and cultural driver, which brings together arts, screen and culture functions in a new integrated entity. Create NSW was established on 1 April 2017 and has responsibility for many of the functions previously undertaken by Arts NSW and Screen NSW.
The new entity forms part of the Arts & Culture Division within the Department of Planning and Environment and is responsible for furthering Government’s vision for NSW to be known for its bold and exciting arts and culture that engages the community and reflects the state’s rich diversity.