My Island Home – Place blo mepla

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My Island Home – Place blo mepla Project

My Island Home, a song written by Neil Murray (Warumpi Band) back in the late 80’s, made famous by Christine Anu at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and more recently covered and styled by Thursday Islands’ own Mau Power.   My Island Home is the unofficial anthem of many people from the Torres Strait and provides a focus for a songwriting, singing and recording workshop to be held on Thursday Island from the 10th – 14th of August 2015. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body

The people from the communities of the NPA and all Islands throughout the Torres Strait have the opportunity to apply for one of 20 spots for the weeklong workshop.  5 positions will be quarantined for Outer Island and NPA Residents only, with flights, accommodation and meal allowances provided through the Torres Strait Regional Authorities’ (TSRA) Common Funding Round for the Cultural, Arts and Heritage Program.  There will also be workshops for those interested in learning about sound recording and mixing in TSIMA’s (Torres Strait Islanders Media Association Inc.) newly installed recording studio.

Those wishing to apply simply upload a 30 second clip of themselves singing, along with some information about who you are, which community you are from and what you hope to achieve by being a part of this project. Applications must be uploaded to the My Island Home Facebook page or email your clips and information to [email protected] to be in with a chance of being selected. Mentors for the project include: Neil Murray, Patrick Mau ‘Mau Power’, Mike Justice and Ben Hense. Other local mentors will be announced soon.

All participants completing the project will receive mentoring from our International and Nationally recognised artists, develop skills in songwriting, singing and develop knowledge of the industry. You will also have your very own original song recorded and included on the My Island Home compilation CD, which will be released on completion of the project.

We are encouraging artists to develop their own original songs, whether in your own language or English. This is your chance to be heard.

There are two was to submit your application. Either through our Facebook page or you can email your clip or audio recording to apply.

Conditions and how to Enter:

  1. Click on and like My Island Home Facebook page
  2. Ask a friend or family member to record you singing for 30 seconds only.
  3. Upload your clip to the Facebook page and include:
  • Why you want to be a part of the project
  • Community you are from
  • Your name and age


  1. email an audio recording or video clip and info to [email protected]
  2. You must be available to participate every day of the project 10-14th of August 2015 (9.00 am – 4.30 pm) on Thursday Island.
  3. Artists under 18 must have parent consent.
  4. Your song remains your Intellectual Property.

For more information, check out the Facebook page

Alternatively, call Sally Johnston on 0439884988 or email her on [email protected] if you need help to upload your application.


Funding partners:

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; and the Torres Strait Regional Authority TSRA.

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