YOU ARE HEAPS DECENT!
The story of the project
WE'RE HEAPS DECENT TOO!
We are an organisation: basically a group of passionate local musicians, DJs and producers who create music with young people from marginalised and disadvantaged Australian communities. In short, kids who are doing it a bit tough right now. They might be off your radar, but they have amazing and unique stories to tell. It takes a bit of love and time to encourage their creative expression, and the love is shared by artists including Diplo, Aloe Blacc, AC Slater, Jack Beats, A-Trak, Brodinski, DJ Mehdi, Sinden, Lykke Li, M.I.A., Gina Turner, 12th Planet and more.
We work with kids in remote communities, kids who've dropped out of school too soon, who have no place to live right now, have found themselves in trouble, or are in juvenile detention. We know about the magical powers of music, and for them it's their cultural currency: a way to communicate with the world and connect when other stuff isn't always travelling too well.
How the funds will be used
Over the past 5 years we've been helping them make original and awesome tracks - from songs about spaghetti and rockmelon in Wilcannia (in outback Australia), to the loved ones left behind when life goes off the rails in Wagga Wagga (a regional town in NSW). We have so much of their music that we want to share with you, your friends, your friends' friends, and strangers too.
Every single dollar counts.
$10,000 will contribute to:
- finishing and mastering costs
- additional production
- servicing to radio
- music videos
- promotion of content
- artist development
It takes loads of funding and effort to keep Heaps Decent charging. If we make over the $10,000, here's an indication of how this will help the organisation:
- $100 will buy a new microphone (imagine the amount of kids' drool that ends up in one of these!)
- $500 will cover 4 x 1-on-1 artist development master classes for emerging artists from the Heaps Decent program
- $1000 a short workshop series in a new community
- $5000 will cover a semester-long workshop series with young people incarcerated in juvenile detention
We're working with young people from a broad spectrum of disadvantage, all of whom benefit in a huge way from each and every workshop, engaging experience, song they can sing to their family or save as a ringtone on their phone or smile on their face with pride of their achievement.