The Australian music scene isn’t immune to the problems that plague the greater society – issues such as inclusiveness and acceptance for who an individual is. Despite this, there are a number of strong institutions that give a platform for LGBTQI artists to be heard and respected. Here we would like to recognise the few who are doing amazing work in this space.
With only three years under their belt, the wonderful minds behind Heaps Gay have achieved a lot. Initially, an avenue to throw parties for their community, Heaps Gay have expanded with a huge online following, allowing them to do more for their people. From warehouse parties, art activations, and a place at this year’s Splendour festival, they have provided a fun space for LGBTQI musicians to share their craft.
As Australia’s only magazine focused on women and non-binary musicians, Gusher upholds a unique approach to magazine production. Produced annually, Gusher takes time to approach the sensitive issues within the music industry and adopt thought-provoking long form with mesmerizing imagery to achieve the greatest impact. With the 2017 edition soon to be released and includes input from artists like Ecca Vandal, it is bound to be a great read.
Closet Party aren’t only responsible for one of few clubs in Melbourne that supports LGBTQI people – they also put on Australia’s only queer festival, Gaytime. Gaytime is a brilliant boutique camping festival that showcases LGBTQI artists in music and the arts. For any artist trying to find an avenue to support themselves, this festival opportunity is a great career launchpad.
Once a regular segment on Sydney’s FBi Radio, Pretty Broad has recently broken into the digital space. Their mission is to create a space that celebrates women and gender non-conforming artists in the electronic scene, with a huge emphasis on Australian artists. With coverage of established artists like Wafia and emerging ones, like Muki – the absolute scope of this publication is amazing.
A beacon of independent journalism for the queer community, the Star Observer’s origin dates back to 1979. Covering everything news related, a huge component of their monthly publication is the Arts and Entertainment. While each publication will typically feature a huge international artist, the staff writers here shine the light on local producers and artists from all parts of Australia. With close to a 250,000 readership, the sheer exposure from having an album review, feature or anything of the kind, will greatly help an aspiring muso.
Image Sources: HEAPS GAY, Closet Party, The Star Observer.