Mark Grose and Michael Hohnen have enjoyed a whirlwind of success this year for their label, Skinnyfish Music, with many of their artists performing in high profile events such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. To top it all, they were awarded the joint title of Northern Territory Australians of the Year 2013 last week.
The duo started Skinnyfish Music 14 years ago with the aim to promote indigenous Australian music, provide opportunities for their artists and ensure that the traditional music and language is preserved to a high standard. They also convey the importance of health and education through music in order to raise awareness.
Upon winning their award, Mark Grose said “[Music] has the power to motivate a new generation to pursue careers that offer economic independence, benefiting individuals, their families and the communities of remote Northern Australia…This award is a great honor and we are privileged to work with the artists and communities we work with.”
Artists such as Saltwater Band and Gurrumul, to name a few, have brought the music of indigenous Australians to the international stage and have given the genre a new lease on life as it gains popularity with younger generations thanks to the Skinnyfish label. A well deserved win.