Here are the fifteen 2023 First Nations Creator Program recipients

The fifteen 2023 recipients of the First Nations Creator Program have been announced.

The announcement:

Fifteen of the country’s emerging First Nations social media talent have this week been selected by Instagram and Screen Australia’s First Nations Department in the third edition of its successful First Nations Creator Program.

Opening for applications earlier this year, the First Nations Creator Program is an initiative in partnership between Screen Australia’s First Nations Department and Instagram Australia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social media creators, with the goal of propelling emerging local talent and amplifying a diverse range of voices. The program’s ultimate aim is to foster long-term career opportunities in the realms of social media and digital content creation.

The fifteen selected recipients of the 2023 First Nations Creator Program are:

Bree Buttenshaw

Brooke Scobie

George Coles

Jayden Oakley

Katerina Roe

Kylan Ambrum

Matilda Langford

Molly Hunt

Nartarsha Bamblett

Olive Snell

Royston Sagigi-Baira

Samuel Savage/Tainga Toa

Sené Maluwapi

Shania Watson

Tibian Wyles

This year’s program includes training sessions and workshops from 18-19 October, covering Reels best practice, Metaverse technologies, business-building, Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Copyright Property, optimised finances, and much more, facilitated by mentored guidance and collaborative learning. Creators will also receive production funding to help establish their platform and grow their Instagram account.

Like last year’s program, creators will be encouraged to build their brand and initiate sustainable techniques to grow their business, tapping into key industry contacts including Instagram and Screen Australia representatives, and leading First Nations creatives including Isaac Compton, and previous participants Meissa Mason (2021), to set themselves up for success. Special guests also include Narelda Jacobs, and panel sessions with NIDA and AFTRS.

“We’re really proud to see this program thrive in its third year. Amplifying diverse voices on Instagram is really important to us” said Kirsty Wilson, creator partnerships lead, Meta Australia and New Zealand.

“With a goal to empower First Nations creators, this program aims to equip these talented individuals with the information and tools they need to grow their online communities and build their brands and careers. We can’t wait to see them continue to flourish.”

“We are incredibly impressed with this year’s cohort of First Nations creators and excited to see the positive impact this program will have on each of the recipient’s careers. It’s an important initiative that can create a pipeline into the broader screen industry by cultivating content creation skills, giving creators the confidence to expand their networks and ability to reach new audiences. Congratulations to the 2023 recipients!” said Angela Bates, head of First Nations, Screen Australia.

Source: Herd MSL


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