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Down The Track - March 2021

ALICE SPRINGS AND Tennant Creek’s community radio station, 8CCC, is so much more than just what you hear through your stereo. Each year, they continue to impress with creative ideas and community spirit, partnering with other like minded organisations to get the best results. And 2021 is no exception.

By Zoya Godoroja-Prieckaerts

Already, they have launched their new website, using innovative technology allowing listeners to see every track broadcast by local artists – of which 8CCC has a noteworthy ratio of one-third local and two-thirds national – plus access to on-demand content, which is very handy when you miss your favourite show!

What’s more, the technology reports every track played directly to APRA AMCOS, which means licence fees are paid directly to local artists. This is a particularly important feature, as it encourages musicians to register to APRA and access their entitlements, whilst creating systems to recognise artists’ achievements and build the Central Australian music industry. It ticks so many boxes.

This month, 8CCC has partnered with the International Women’s Day event, equipped with their fancy new PA system for a live outside broadcast. We’ll hear from Zimbabwean Outback Melodies, Bambadino and past NT Battle of the Bands winner, Ceenah, who 8CCC’s Benjamin Erin aptly describes as a “hip-hop, soul, powerhouse”.

Another behind-the-scenes project sees 8CCC running their third Song Writing Workshop, partnering with MusicNT to support creative and collaborative artistic development. They’ve also partnered with them for the launch of the Women In Music Report, offering a great night of local live music and conversation.

The report is based on the organisation’s in-depth consultation with stakeholders throughout the Territory, and essentially lays down the foundation for what we need to support women and women-identifying musicians. As MusicNT’s Liz Archer so perfectly exclaims, “let’s get gender diverse and inclusive stuff happening and support what already is!”.

8CCC, you really do continue to bring us the goods we need to keep our mind, soul and community pumping. It’s going to be a good year on the airwaves.


A Song Like Alice – Songwriting Workshops
INFO www.8ccc.com.au/asonglikealice

International Women’s Day Fair
WHEN SAT 6 MAR | 5-8PM
AT WOMEN’S MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA
COST FREE
INFO facebook.com/npwhf

Women In Music Report Launch
WHEN SUN 7 MAR | 4-8PM
AT MONTE’S LOUNGE
COST FREE
INFO facebook.com/musicnt

Photo courtesy 8CCC

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