Seven Australian organisations will benefit from Sony Music Group’s $100 million Global Social Justice Fund, part of the music giant’s commitment to support social justice and anti-racist initiatives around the globe.
Sony Music announced the fund in June of 2020, and, at the time, revealed more than 90 new entities from around the world would be looked after by its philanthropic venture.
The first round of Australian recipients were announced this week.
Barpirdhila Foundation, an Aboriginal-led charity organisation aiming to create sustainable excellence for and with First Nations people within the arts.
Deadly Connections, which positively disrupts intergenerational disadvantage, grief, loss and trauma by providing holistic, culturally responsive interventions and services to First Nations people and communities.
GO Foundation, founded by Sydney Swans greats Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin and provides scholarships to Indigenous students.
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The Gurrumul Yunupingu Foundation, whose vision is to create greater opportunities for remote, Indigenous young people to realise their full potential and contribute to culturally vibrant and sustainable communities.
The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, a social enterprise that aims to build capability and create opportunities with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia.
Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Corporation, a community organisation initiated and directed by Aboriginal people with Aboriginal Elders.
Weave Youth & Community Services, which provides a range of services that include practical support, housing referral support, counselling, mental health services, drug and alcohol support, access to education and employment opportunities.
“We are excited and humbled to be able to add our support to these amazing organisations, who are almost all run by First Nations Australians,” comments Damian Trotter, Managing Director of Sony Music Publishing Australia.
“They are all doing incredible work on behalf of their communities in major centres, as well as regional and remote parts of the country.”
Launched in the early months of the pandemic, the fund supports initiatives that promote social justice, anti-racism initiatives and exists to foster diversity, equity and inclusion both inside and outside of the international company.
Trotter adds, “It’s a great privilege to be able to stand alongside our friends within these organisations in allyship along the road to help redress the many years of systemic disadvantage, racial injustice and the ensuing intergenerational trauma that has beset Indigenous Australians for the nearly 250 years since the British Colony was established without a Treaty, recognition or a ceding of their sovereignty.”
For more on Sony Music Group’s Global Social Justice Fund, visit giving-back.sonymusic.com.