First Nations Media Awards 2020
That's right folks, the First Nations Media Awards are happening! Like most things this year, they'll be a little different. While we can't get together in person this year, we still want to celebrate all of your fantastic work. So we'll be broadcasting the Awards through NITV and indigiTUBE.

This year First Nations media organisations have been working harder than ever to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, cover important Black Lives Matter conversations, promote the National Agreement on Closing the Gap, share breaking news from communities and tell our stories, our histories and truths. We want to make sure that work is recognised and celebrated. We're excited to be delivering the Awards in a new way with support from NITV.

Nominations are open now and close on Friday 6 November. Get on it!
NIAA Roundtable Process
First Nations media organisations are currently participating in a NIAA Roundtable Process led by Hugh Watson Consulting to talk about the delivery of efficient, effective and appropriate services into the future. First Nations media organisations who have not already contributed to a Roundtable are invited to join the last of the conversation series from 1-3pm AEDT tomorrow (Thursday 22 October). Email your interest to to join the online discussion.  
Archiving Project Update
The successful trial of the Mukurtu archive platform is now coming to an end.  This project involved the establishment of the First Nations Media archiving hub and a 6 month trial, which is currently being evaluated. A big thanks to the three pilots organisations; PAKAM, PAW Media and Umeewarra Media – who have done a great job learning how to use the Mukurtu platform and loading content onto their own archive. Thanks also for funding support from the Indigenous Languages and Arts program. Our application for ILA funding to expand the Mukurtu rollout was not successful but we are continuing to seek other funding sources.

FNMA also established a First Nations Media History archive on the hub. We welcome any contributions of sector history images, audio or video that tell part of the sector’s history!

FNMA has been successful in an application for ABA funding to set up a First Nations Media Digitisation Facility in Alice Springs in 2021.  More details to follow once this project gets underway.

The FNMA Archiving Resources Toolkit is also nearing completion.  This interactive portal is set up for different users – Archive Managers, Archive Workers and Mukurtu Users - to access the relevant resources they need, either to view online as a step-by-step guides or download.  The resources are set out in 6 key sections – Plan, Prepare, Catalogue, Digitise, Share and Build. Any feedback on the draft Toolkit and resources is welcome. 
Big Sound 2020
BIG SOUND 2020 goes virtual with an awesome lineup of emerging artists from around the nation, featuring 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musos in their October lineup. We are super stoked to have represented six of these artists across all three volumes of First Sounds this year. DOBBY and Boox Kid feature on VOL.1, J-MILLA on VOL.2 and VOL.3 spotlights Lydia Fairhall and the She Oaks, Yirgjhilya and Kee'ahn. It has been a tough year for our music industry but First Nations artists have kept their foot on the gas!

FIRST SOUNDS is a series of albums compiled and distributed by indigiTUBE and Amrap, delivering new First Nations music to Australian radio.
Digital Access and Inclusion Survey
We need your help! If you haven’t completed the digital inclusion survey as yet please do so. Your voice, your knowledge, your opinions matter!
CBAA Community Radio Awards 2020
The CBAA Community Radio Awards finalists we’re announced on Tuesday, 13 October and will continue until Friday, 23 October. CBAA will provide a full list of all category finalists here, on Friday.

Congratulations to Ngaarda Media, 3CR Community Radio, Koori Radio 93.7FM, Harvey Community Radio - 96.5fm, 3KND Kool 'N' Deadly, PAW Media and Wilcannia River Radio so far for being nominated in various categories for the 2020 CBAA Community Radio Awards!
Awards winners will be announced on Monday 2 November 2020.

The annual 2020 CBAA Conference event is also approaching. The conference is delivered entirely online on 28-31 October 2020. Catherine Liddle will be joining Jon Bisset and Jo Curtin for a discussion on changes and transformation in the media environment to wrap up the conference on the 31st. Register here.

Live Broadcast from Fregon Community
Check out this sneak peak preview of the PY Media crew, broadcasting live from Fregon Community and testing out their drone skills for the first time. Stay tuned to 5NPY Radio for more!
Batchelor Institute 2020 Virtual Graduation
The Batchelor Institute Graduation 2020 is going virtual! The Batchelor Institute wants to present this event so that friends, families and communities who
are sadly unable to attend can all celebrate in the success of the 2020 graduates and to also inspire other Aboriginal people to get into higher education. This event will be broadcasted live on different accessible platforms and is scheduled to be presented on Thursday at 2:00pm on the 5th of November 2020.
Water Week with ICTV!!
ICTV is showcasing water week from 19th - 25th of October 2020. The theme for National Water Week 2020 is 'Reimagining Our Water Future', ICTV will be choosing a different water theme for their special programming each day from 4:30pm to get us all thinking about all the different places water comes from and the important role water plays in our lives.
Nominations open now!
The Office of Aboriginal Affairs, would like to announce that nominations are now open for the First Circles Leadership Program. The Program helps members develop and expand their leadership skills, increase their personal governance capabilities and learn more about the impact of Government policies and programs on their communities, in order to help influence and contribute to change. To find out more about the program or to nominate, please click here.
Wangki Radio position
Wangki Radio 6FX is looking for a dynamic Radio-Station Manager to take Wangki Radio into the future.
For more information and to request a duty statement and to register your interest, please send your brief personal details to Wayne Bynder email
Applications close Monday 9th November 12:00pm.
Free grant seeker workshop for NT communities
The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) will be holding a free online grant seeker workshop for community groups in the West Daly and Victoria Daly Region in the NT.  
The online workshop will run from 10.30am to 12.00pm on Wednesday, 4th November, 2020. To reserve your place in this free workshop, register here.
CMTO Courses
The Community Media Training Organisation (CMTO) has two courses new courses on offer for broadcasters and media staff. They are:

  • Emergency Preparedness Course - This is an opportunity for media organisations to apply to have a trainer come to your station and train your team in how to respond to emergency situations on air. Participants will learn to understand emergency broadcasting, plan for emergency broadcasts, understand emergency agencies and critical information and understand how to prepare content before, during and after emergencies. You will need 8-10 people from your organisation who are interested in undertaking this course and an idea of when you would like the training to take place at your station. Applications are due by 16 November. Read more.

  • Introduction to Journalism in Community Media - This course is for individual broadcasters and/or emerging journalists who want to expand their reporting skills. It is a free online course covering community journalism ethics, why local storytelling is so important, how to report on national issues from a local perspective, writing for radio news and current affairs programs, interviewing techniques and how to record and edit audio. It commences on 9 November and runs until 18 December. Applications are due by Friday 30 October. Read more.
AFTRS Enrolments open
The Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS) offers a Graduate Diploma in Radio which is a hands-on course for emerging broadcasters, podcasters and radio producers. The course can be undertaken full-time or part-time over two years. Read more.
AIDC 2021: Applications Now Open
AIDC’s pitching showcase for new documentary and factual projects "The FACTory" has returned for its sixth edition. The FACTory is an International pitching showcase for new documentary and factual projects, which will form part of AIDC 2021, which taking place 28 February - 3 March. Application are open until Sun 13 Dec 2020. Read more.
Participants of the Kaurna Welcome to Country Video Project shooting a film with Kaurna Leader Jack Kanya Buckskin.
First Nations filmmakers selected for Kaurna Welcome to Country Video project
The Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department, the South Australian Film Corporation, and the City of Adelaide have announced the five emerging First Nations filmmakers selected for the Kaurna Welcome to Country Video project. Isaac Coen Lindsay, Adam Dixon Galea, Kiara Milera, Clem Newchurch and Damien Wanganeen are receiving paid training and mentoring, from pre-production through to delivery, to create a series of Kaurna Welcome to Country videos that will be screened before every film at the 2020 Adelaide Film Festival. The five successful applicants will work together with Living Stories to produce the videos.
Budget 2020-21
On Tuesday 6 October the Government announced a delayed Federal Budget for 2020-21 which outlines planned expenditure for this financial year. This Budget is heavily focused on employment initiatives and economic recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. First Nations Media Australia did put in a pre-budget submission to Treasury requesting a funding commitment to support our sector's 9 Calls for Action. However no additional funding for our sector was announced for this year. While this is disappointing we will continue our leadership activities on behalf of the sector, calling for increased support for the essential work First Nations media organisations are undertaking across the country and the significant contribution it makes to Closing the Gap. For this year, funding arrangements through the IAS remain unchanged.
First Nations Media Australia circulated an update to members outlining programs relevant to employment, digital connectivity, arts, culture & languages and other media formats which can be viewed here. We also put out a Budget response media release which is available to view via the button below.
Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday is a global campaign which connects generous people and businesses with not-for-profits, community organisations and charities. It started in New York in 2012 and has grown to 50 countries around the world, including Australia. Every country participates on the same day through the Giving Tuesday website. You can put forward projects, activities and organisations for potential partnership, sponsorship or donations. Giving Tuesday will be held on 1st December, but there's lead-up promotion to it starting in the next couple of weeks so it's best to get onto it asap. Read more on their website and if you want a hand putting a campaign together get in touch with Claire.
Do you need a fundraising license?
There are different laws in each State and Territory for organisations who are requesting donations, selling merchandise or memberships and holding money-raising events. Especially for online fundraising, organisations need to make sure you have the right license for the state you're an ACNC registered charity (which many community-controlled media organisations are). You are required to have a license if you're attracting funds from New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and/or Western Australia. States that don't require a license are Victoria, ACT and South Australia. The Northern Territory doesn't have fundraising legislation, but some fundraising activities require a gambling license (such as raffles) issued through the Department of Business.
Justice Connect has put together a handy guide of who to contact and how to apply in each State/Territory here. If you want any help making sense of it, get in touch with Claire or read more
Applications Open: Remote Aboriginal Governance & Capacity Building Grant Program
The Office of Aboriginal Affairs would like to inform you that the Remote Aboriginal Governance & Capacity Building Grant Program is officially open. To apply for any grants in the Northern Territory, you will need to create an account and profile on the GrantsNT website at here. Applications will only be accepted if received online through the GrantsNT website.
FRRR: Tackling Tough Times Together
The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal has two tiers of funding available to support communities through the ongoing effects of drought. You can apply for up to $20,000 or up to $60,000
(two categories) for projects to be undertaken in the next 18 months. Program objectives include activities to reduce social isolation, support leadership development and skills training, support social and educational participation and address disadvantage, reduce volunteer fatigue and build the capacity, capability and sustainability of not-for-profit organisations. Applications for the next round close on 22 October - that's tomorrow! Read more.
Ansvar Community Education Program
Ansvar Insurance is offering grants of up to $50,000 to organisations supporting Australian youth through programs that fall under two categories - empowerment & education and outreach & support. Applications are open now and close on Monday 16th November. Read more.  
Documentary Development Investment Fund
ScreenWest is offering grants up to $25,000 to support West Australian companies and individuals to develop documentary and factual screen programming. These can be features, series, large format or innovative documentary projects. Applications close on 9 November. Read more.  
Create NSW: Frequency
Screen NSW and Create NSW have partnered with Audible to support the development of 8 new podcasts from NSW storytellers. Up to $30,000 is available per podcast and applications close on 12 November. Read more.
Youth To The Front Fund
The We Are Family Foundation is offering grant support for people under 30 years old to undertake activities that address systemic injustices and promote racial equality in authentic ways. Applications are open now and close on 30 November.  Read more.  
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