APRA is pleased to announce the appointment of EBONY WILLIAMS in the new role of Indigenous Project Officer (effective 2 November 2005).
Ebony is based within APRAs Member Services team and is responsible for bringing APRAs expertise and services to the growing community of Indigenous composers and songwriters around Australia. Ebony will also act as an education officer, visiting remote Indigenous communities to support and promote the work of composers and songwriters in these communities.
“Im really looking forward to connecting Indigenous artists with existing development opportunities and ensuring that Indigenous APRA members are aware of and getting the most out of the great services provided by the Association,” said Ebony.
Ebony is a 26-year-old Wiradjuri woman who started working in the arts industry six years ago. She has worked with various Indigenous projects and companies including Bangarra Dance Theatre as Assistant Stage Manager; The NSW Centenary of Federation on “Federation Day Parade”; Public Event Group on the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games “Awakenings” the Indigenous Segment; National Indigenous Arts Advocacy Associations “Survival” Day Concerts; Stand Your Ground a project run by PACT Theatre and Gadigal Information Services “Yabun Concert”.
She is also a hip hop artist currently signed to Mother Tongues, an all-female hip hop label, with tracks released in Australia, Europe and the UK. She also has tracks on the Yabun CD (a Koori Radio project) and the Mother Tongues “First Words” compilation. She has performed at the 2005 Deadlies After Party, The 8th Pacific Arts Festival held in Noumea, Mother Tongues live showcases in Melbourne and Sydney, ABC TV, Channel V and at various festivals and community events. Through her music she has become a facilitator of workshops and projects in hip hop music for universities, schools, the Settlement and Cellblock Youth Health Services.