Q: What is Gurrumul’s role in the Foundation?
A: The foundation is Gurrumul’s vision, which is why it bears his name. He expressed some time ago that he wanted to find a way to help young Indigenous people who live in remote communities. Aware of his own good fortune, he wants to support young Indigenous people to become involved in arts and cultural programs, developed in collaboration with leaders and young people in their communities with the aim of making a serious difference in alleviating the damaging effects of poverty, ill health and substance abuse, disadvantage, lack of education and employment opportunities, cyber bullying and youth suicide.
Q: Does the Gurrumul Yunupingu Foundation provide funding to individual Indigenous young people?
A: Consistent with Gurrumul’s own wishes his Foundation only funds Indigenous community initiated arts and cultural programs. These programs must be developed by the community, and if funding is being requested of the Foundation, brought to the foundation for discussion and approval. A list of program criteria appears on this website together with the vision and aims of the Foundation.
Q: How can I volunteer to assist with the work of the Gurrumul Yunupingu Foundation?
A: Gurrumul’s Foundation is relatively new and as yet does not have mechanisms for supporting volunteers to assist with its work. At this stage the best thing you can do is to spread the word about the Foundation, its vision and its aims. You could use the Foundation’s website and facebook page to give you up to date news to circulate.
Q: Is the Gurrumul Yunupingu Foundation funded by the Federal or Northern Territory Governments?
A: The Foundation does not receive operational funding from any Australian Government. One of the Foundation’s current programs has received funding from the Northern Territory Government, another has received funding from the Australia Council. The remaining programs are funded by philanthropists, philanthropic trusts and public donations. The Foundation is a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and a Tax Concession Charity (TCC). To find out more about the legal status of the Foundation you can read the Foundation’s constitution which appears on this website.
Q: Does the Gurrumul Yunupingu Foundation work with programs outside of the Northern Territory?
A: Currently the Foundation is only working on programs in the Northern Territory, concentrating on initiatives from Arnhemland and associated islands off the Arnhemland coast.
Q: Are the Gurrumul Yunupingu Foundation’s programs mainly associated with music?
A: No. We have three current programs, only one of them, Barunga Beats, is a music program. However there are sure to be more music programs in the future.
Q: How is Gurrumul’s Foundation different to other Foundations?
A: Gurrumul’s Foundation supports young Indigenous people to become involved in arts and cultural programs, developed in collaboration with leaders and young people in their communities with the aim of making a serious difference in alleviating the damaging effects of poverty, ill health and substance abuse, disadvantage, lack of education and employment opportunities, cyber bullying and youth suicide. If you like, it is a bespoke model that considers the particular needs of a community and is aware of the regional and local differences in economy, culture and social cohesion. The fundamental difference is that Gurrumul’s Foundation does not support ‘one off’ programs and will not implement a program unless it can be sustained for at least three years.
Q: Is there Indigenous representation on the board of the Gurrumul Yunupingu Foundation?
A: The Foundation is in the process of inviting people to serve as directors of the board of the Foundation. It does not yet have all of its directors appointed. Currently there is no Indigenous representation. Additionally the Foundation will have an Community Advisory Network. The members of this group will be the Foundation’s conduit to Gurrumul himself and the remote Indigenous communities wanting to work with the Foundation. IRG membership will be determined by the location of current and prospective Foundation programs, which means that membership will change depending on the Foundation’s activities.