Applications for the 2022 Art Music Fund grants are now open.
Applications for the awards close at 5pm AEDT Thursday 16 February 2022 and hear from past winners
Country music trailblazer Joy McKean OAM will be the 2021 recipient of the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music. Finding a talent for writing songs as a young child, Joy has had a stellar career as a performer, songwriter and manager, spanning more than 70 years.
She became famous performing, recording and broadcasting with her sister Heather in the 1940’s and 50’s, and went on to compose some of country music’s most celebrated songs including “The Biggest Disappointment”, “Ringer from the Top End”, “Walk a Country Mile” and “Indian Pacific”. Joy was making her mark, composing hit country songs and touring regional and remote Australia at a time when the perceived role of women was that of home maker. She created a lifelong partnership with her husband Slim Dusty, writing many of his most famous songs and was his manager for more than 50 years.
Joy was recently subject to a documentary and accompanying soundtrack Slim & I
is the peak national body representing folk cultural activity and the folk industry of Australia. We are a membership organisation that provides an information resource and networking, showcase and professional development opportunities for the Australian folk community.
Provides discounts for industry insurance and website building. Members can also actively participate in the Australian Folk Music Awards
Subscribe to our regular newsletter, like/follow our Facebook and Twitter pages (links above)