First Nations Music Development - MusicNSW
Close up of Kaleena Smith

Yamandhu Marang, my name is Kaleena Smith and I am the First Nations Development Coordinator at MusicNSW.

My role here is to provide direct support to NSW-based First Nations creatives, and connect them to opportunities and resources that will help sustain their music endeavours. I hope to engage artists with pathways, workshops, funding opportunities and mentoring, while expanding their networks with other artists, industry and community both local and national.

I am very excited to work with and for our mob across the state. I originally hail from Naarm, on Wurundjeri Country but have lived most of my life in NSW on beautiful Gadigal Land. I am Wiradjuri/Yorta Yorta and have had the good fortune to be in the industry for over 22 years as a vocalist/songwriter/performer with Stiff Gins.

By building music industry knowledge, connection and capacity our mob will be empowered with the know-how to take their careers where they want them to go.

If you would like to learn more or just want to have a yarn, please don’t hesitate to get in contact! I’m looking forward to working with you all.

You can email me at

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MusicNSW HQ is on the unceded land of the Gadigal people. We pay respect to Elders past and present and extend those respects to the First Nations peoples of NSW and beyond. Always was, always will be.