Yolngu musician Gurrumul sets up a foundation to help indigenous youth in Australia, providing them with opportunities to participate in the wider community
Gurrumul, who was recently named at the top of the Australian Financial Review’s Cultural Power List, officially launched the Gurrumul Yunupingu Foundation. He originally conceived of the project in 2012, saying ‘young Yolngu don’t know where to go, or what is their future, we need to help them.’
An incredibly successful artist internationally, Gurrumul often questioned why he had so many opportunities, yet it was so difficult for others from a similar background to achieve. Looking to support programmes in artistic skill and sport, the foundation will help young people from remote communities in Australia to integrate and flourish. The campaign has already received public support from Delta Goodrem and musicians from the Sydney Orchestra. The single ‘Bayani (Live)’ released last year was the first ever indigenous-language track to hit the top five in Australia, and all proceeds from sales are donated to the foundation.
The Gurrumul Yunipingu Foundation is planning to initiate activities in early 2014, but is currently looking for supporters to help with their vision.