Mushroom Group’s First Nations Pathways Program Returns for Third Year

Mushroom Group's First Nations Pathways Program Returns for Third Year

The Mushroom Group is thrilled to announce the return of their acclaimed First Nations Pathways program for a third consecutive year. This initiative, proudly supported by Coles Australia, empowers young Indigenous musicians with invaluable industry experience and mentorship. Mushroom Group’s First Nations Pathways Program Returns for Third Year

Investing in the Future of Music

“We’re delighted to partner with Coles again to bring back this vital program,” said Matt Gudinski, Mushroom Group CEO. “Supporting emerging Indigenous artists is crucial for fostering diversity in Australian music. It’s inspiring to see past participants thriving in their careers.”

Meet the Mentors

The 2024 program boasts an impressive line-up of mentors. Triple J’s Blak Out host and rapper Nooky joins forces with celebrated artist Emily Wurramara. GLVES rounds out the team as this year’s facilitator.

Emily Wurramara, a revered musician herself, expressed her enthusiasm: “I’m so excited to be back as a mentor! There’s so much talent, and I can’t wait to see the magic unfold during our time together.”

Program Highlights

The program offers a comprehensive package, including:

  • Expert mentoring sessions
  • Immersive event experiences
  • Intensive songwriting and industry masterclasses

Success Stories

Since its launch in 2022, the program has yielded impressive results. Past participants have performed at major events like the AFL Dreamtime at the ‘G and official Essendon FC functions. Their original music has also been showcased on Coles Radio, reaching a nationwide audience.

A Thriving Collaboration

A standout example of the program’s success is the collaboration between mentor Nooky and first-year participant Angus Field. They formed the breakout hip-hop group 3% alongside Dallas Woods. 3% recently performed at the MCG for a massive crowd of 80,000 during the AFL Dreamtime at the G’ match.

Returning Mentor, Renewed Excitement

Nooky, eager to be involved again, shared, “I’m excited to see what this year’s group brings after witnessing the success of the first cohort.”

Coles’ Continued Support

Carmel Horvath, Coles Head of Sponsorships and Events, expressed her pride in supporting the program for a third year. “We’re honored to showcase music and stories from these talented young artists through Coles Radio.”

This Year’s Participants

The 2024 program welcomes a promising group of emerging Indigenous artists: Alinta McGrady (BADASSMUTHA), Amelia Thompson (THOM), Birren, Clover Blue, Jake Fabila (Tjaka), Loki Liddle (Selve), Loren Ryan, and Rob Edwards.

The First Nations Pathways program is fostering a bright future for Indigenous music in Australia. By providing aspiring artists with mentorship, education, and performance opportunities, the program empowers them to share their voices and shape the industry.

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