Remote music leadership

As the music arm of Barkly Arts, Winnanjjikari Music Centre (WMC) has a strong reputation throughout the Northern Territory. Our core studio team are in demand as technical advisors and creative consultants. Recognised as an authority on the remote music industry, WMC has been invited to speak on panels and at conferences including AWME World Music Expo (Melbourne) and iNTune Music Industry Conference (Darwin, Alice Springs).

Recording the Barkly

Recording – and performing – songs in language is a powerful way of preserving and sharing culture. Artists we’ve worked with include Rayella, Sandridge Band, Barkly Drifters, Desert Eagles, Brian Murphy, Harold Daly-Waters, Tableland Drifters and Jameson Casson. WMC has also produced work for, and in conjunction with, Imparja TV, NITV, ICTV and 8CCC Radio.

Festivals and Events

In addition to Tennant Creek’s flagship Desert Harmony Festival, the centre organises and produces key events throughout the year with various organisations. WMC is an annual presence at the Bush Bands Business held at Ross River outside of Alice Springs; for the past 10 years operating the WMC PA system and backline for a week of intensive rehearsals leading up to the concert.

WMC staff are regularly invited to work for various organisations around Australia to provide their expertise and knowledge. WMC has participated in a professional development partnership with the prestigious WOMAD festival working alongside major international acts in Adelaide.

Serving the community

During the year we’re also busy with fee-for service work around town, organising AV for conferences, funerals, ceremonies and community gatherings. The studio is also a local meeting place where musicians often drop in to have their instruments repaired or get together for spontaneous jam sessions.

Training and Development

As well as engaging in professional development opportunities for core staff, WMC has an interest in encouraging, training and inspiring the next generation of music industry professionals and musicians alike. Available for workshops and training opportunities WMC can provide training in technical AV operation, musicianship, band mentoring and music business matters.

Music Outreach

In 2019 WMC began working in collaboration with Barkly Regional Council to bring knowledge of PA systems and recording technology as well as musical instruments to remote communities. Outreach is conducted across five communities: Elliott, Epenarra, Ampilatwatja, Alparra and Ali Curung. The program aims to build capacity in communities to self-operate and run local performances, provide experience, and instil confidence in emerging musicians. At the same time, the goal is to train more local people in remote communities to develop the competence to find work in the AV industry.