News 4 September 2023

ARIA Referendum Statement

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ARIA Referendum Statement

Music has the power to bridge gaps and bring people together, no matter who they are or where they come from. It is our belief in the unifying force of music that inspires us to support this historical moment and announce our commitment to a yes vote in the upcoming referendum.

ARIA values and gives thanks to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for the immeasurable influence over the music and art we all enjoy.

We want to see a future where all voices are heard and where Indigenous Australians have a real say in shaping the decisions that affect their lives.

We believe that embracing this decision only brings positive outcomes.

We see a country where we are proud to celebrate the richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through music, through song - a place where those voices are amplified, stories told, and talents cherished.

Together, we can create an inclusive music industry that reflects the true diversity of our nation.

Together, we share a vision for our nation’s future that values diversity, inclusivity, and the rights of the Traditional Custodians of this country we call home.

Together, we walk towards a better future. And the future sounds good.


Image: Paul Kelly, Youthu Yindi, Peter Garrett at 2012 ARIA Awards