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First Nations Champions

Starting April, the Regional Arts Services Network’s Creative Business Hub is open to support artists and arts workers across Queensland to develop arts business skills, competencies and networks to improve resilience, and support business sustainability and growth.

Selected through a robust EOI process, the program is headlined by the Creative Business Champions. Here to provide a statewide service as part of RASN, artists and artsworkers can access online consultations and navigate solutions to identified business needs including, but not limited to, building cultural competency, producing and leading First Nations arts and cultural initiatives, and grant writing and fundraising.

Among the Champions, meet Nadine McDonald-Dowd, Nancy Bamaga and Athol Young. Proud to help emerging artists gain practical advice and industry insights, RASN asked them what they see as their most valuable skills as a CBC.

‘I am part of 65,000 years of story making and sharing, so I think of my role in the sector as continuing the work others have started before me,’ says Nadine. ‘My most valuables skills are listening and learning. Taught from an early age, these skills have enabled me to be a part of some wonderful learnings and projects and I hope to pass this on through my work.’

For Nancy, she sees her knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures as key to what has allowed her to maintain and build meaningful relationships within the two worlds. ‘I would like to support and assist the creative sector of performers and artists to be independent and generate income from their creativity. To have basic knowledge in copyright and Indigenous cultural Intellectual Property.’ says Nancy. ‘To be able to mentor and see mentee exceed their own expectations, as well as to support a community to create their own enterprises and businesses.’

CBC Athol Young would like to see arts and cultural activity that supports and drives the building of trust and mutual respect across communities. ‘Arts and cultural activity can be a tool to drive social change and diversity should be showcased and celebrated in all its forms. As a Creative Business Champion working in partnership with Aunty Nancy Bamaga, I’d like to builds bridges that allow the broader community to engage with the artists.’

If you are a Queensland arts practitioner wanting expert advice to take your career or business to the next level, or grow your project or arts business access the registration process today. You will be asked about your current areas of focus, and be matched with a Creative Business Champion that best suits your needs.

The CBC program is supported by the Queensland Government.

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