Main Photo: Hilda Bert and Daphne Puntjina from Areyonga, with Marion Swift from Ntaria at Big Sing in the Desert, 2018. Photo by Amy Jean Harding.
Sharing culture and song
Each year, hundreds of people across Australia become sponsors to support Indigenous singers to attend the Big Sing in the Desert.
Your contribution of $30/$50/$100 (or an amount of your choice) goes directly toward the costs of transport, accomodation and workshop expenses for singers from the Central Desert communities of Docker River, Mutijulu, Titjikala, Areyonga, Hermannsburg and Alice Springs.
Big Sing Incorporated‘s goal is to raise $25,000 for each Big Sing in the Desert event, which supports the participation of up to 50 Central Desert singers.
The next Big Sing in the Desert will be the event’s 10th Anniversary and we would like to make it special. Help us to get people there!
“When we get together for the music, the singing, it’s like healing.
That’s what I see.”
Gwen Inkamala, Ntaria NT, sponsored singer at Big Sing in the Desert 2018.
Hear what our sponsored singers have to say at Big Sing in the Desert, 2018.
Peggy Gallagher from Areyonga, Judy Trigger and Rene Kulitja from Mutijulu, Sandra and Caroline Windy from Areyonga at Big Sing in the Desert, 2018.
When COVID permits, the next Big Sing in the Desert will mark the event’s 10th Anniversary. We would deeply appreciate your help to get Indigenous singers from remote communities there to celebrate this milestone.
Registered sponsors will receive a link to photos after the event.
How to donate
Big Sing in the Desert and the Sponsor an Indigenous Singer program are activities of Big Sing Incorporated.
Use this form to donate $30/$50/$100 or your amount of choice via PayPal/Credit Card, or to pledge and register an offline donation via EFT/Direct Deposit or Cheque.
If you choose to pay via PayPal or Credit Card you will be directed to the PayPal site where the transaction will be completed securely.
Where does your donation go?
When you donate to our Sponsor an Indigenous Singer program, you are helping us to support Aboriginal singers from remote communities to experience Big Sing in the Desert firsthand.
Funds raised go directly toward the costs of transport, accommodation and workshop expenses for singers from the Central Desert communities.
Big Sing Incorporated is a registered charity. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible (wef 18 November 2021).
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Donation to Big Sing Inc Public Fund – Sponsor an Indigenous Singer
The Song Keepers
Many singers from the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir are regular participants at Big Sing in the Desert. This is made possible by our Sponsor an Indigenous Singer programme. Hilda, Daphne and Marion (pictured above) have been invaluable teachers and leaders at every Big Sing in the Desert since it began in 2010. I am honoured to know them and work with them.
View the trailer for the beautiful documentary film The Song Keepers which tells the story of the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir’s tour to Germany with Morris Stuart in 2015.