Here at Nura, we stand in solidarity against racism and injustice. We acknowledge we benefit from music rooted in Black Culture. Dance, techno, hip hop, rap, R&B, blues and more were pioneered by Black Voices, Black Artists, musicians and creators.
We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of the lands on which we work and pay our respects to Indigenous Elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty has never been ceded. We aim to uphold our company values of trust and respect, openness and transparency and love for our community in everything we do. We recognise there is still a lot of learning ahead about the systemic racism and injustice faced both in our home country of Australia and across the world by all marginalised communities.
We need to listen more, we need to learn more, we need to understand more and we then need to take action to sustainably and authentically support the stand against racism in all its forms. As a company who has relationships within many diverse communities of artists, and is made up of people from many backgrounds, we see it as our duty to be active anti-racists.
This year has been challenging on many levels, but the silver lining for us is that important conversations are happening now which can enact change. We hope that you, our community, feel the same. That’s why we’ve committed ourselves to several initiatives, outlined below, and included resources within this post to help us all on the path of becoming better allies.
As an Australian brand, we believe it is important to acknowledge the struggles of our First Nations People in all the conversations we have about ending racism. We need to take part in on-going and sustained support with organisations and individuals who are embedded in activism and conversations to enact change. There is still so much we don’t know, but we are committed to learning and supporting those who do. We believe in supporting our words with real actions. Our mission is to change the way humanity experiences music, that is why we are committing to:
— A donation and ongoing partnership with Songlines — Victoria’s peak Aboriginal music body. It is a not-for-profit organisation which has supported Aboriginal musicians since 1996 by providing professional development programs, performance opportunities and administering a range of festivals and events.
We have worked with and cultivated relationships with many Black American Artists beginning with the Playlist Retreat (hosted by DJ Jazzy Jeff to foster collaborations among producers and up-and-coming artists) and into the present day. It is important to us, for that reason, to provide not only a platform for their music but to actively support them now and into the future. For this reason, we are committing to:
— A donation and an ongoing partnership with Chandra Pitts, Founder and CEO of One Village Alliance — a community-based, people-fueled agency with a mission to uplift children and their families on a holistic journey toward excellence through education, entrepreneurship and the arts.
We aim to provide value for our social media and blog readers. For this reason, we are also going to be posting relevant content which allows artists to tell their own stories. While we have always been committed to representing diversity on our platforms, we aim to develop closer and deeper relationships with musicians and artists whose voices need to be heard.
We are also committing to several steps to strengthen our values internally. For this reason, we will be holding ourselves accountable for the following actions:
— Strengthening our diversity stance in the Company Handbook.
— Organising diversity/cultural sensitivity training for our team.
— Working with our Employee Assistance Program provider to support anyone who may be personally affected or distraught by any of the current events.
Please consider donating to any of the organisations we have mentioned in this article or if you are unable to do this, follow them on social media, read and share their content.
We’ve put together some resources for all of those who want to join us on the journey of becoming better allies. In our research, we have found a lot of great compilations already, such as these suggestions from Pedestrian TV and this incredibly comprehensive list of anti-racism resources by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein. Below, we’ve broken some of these recommendations into sections.
We must bear witness to black deaths in our own country by Amy McQuire
”White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Knapsack Peggy McIntosh
White Fragility - How can we engage more constructively across race? With Dr Robin DiAngelo
Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia by Anita Heiss
Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko
Welcome to Country by Marcia Langton
Becoming Kirrali Lewis by Jane Harrison
Black is the New White by Nakkiah Lui
Music NT — Supporting the contemporary music industry in Darwin and Alice Springs
NITV — National Indigenous Television
Aime Mentoring — an Imagination Factory that since 2005, has been creating pop-up Imagination Factories on university campuses around the world to unlock the internal narrative of marginalised kids.
Bad Apples Music — An Aboriginal owned record label who's objective is to genuinely nurture, develop and provide structure and opportunity for emerging and established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
Skinny Fish Music — Skinnyfish Music works in partnership with artists and their communities to produce music by, about and for them, and to take their music to the wider world.
Triple J Unearthed Indigenous — Supporting Indigenous artists.
Common Ground — Designed to build a foundational level of knowledge for all Australians, and be a go-to resource for those wanting to learn more and connect with our First Peoples.
Change the Record — Australia’s only national Aboriginal led justice coalition of Aboriginal peak bodies and non-Indigenous allies.
Redfern Records — Australia’s first Aboriginal hip hop label and store.
Still Here (Facebook) — First Nations Owned: First Nations Operated Specialising in Bookings & Programming in the arts and cutting edge Educational and Cultural consultative services and Community development initiatives.
‘Still Here’ is also a radio show on Triple R on a Sunday — Still Here showcases Indigenous song both of the now and the past, in its various many forms, continuing cultural lore to share song and word, that is ancient.
We hope that you have found these resources insightful. Help us spread by sharing and having conversations with your friends and family about race. #BlackLivesMatter is also a great resource of information online.
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