NCPIC - National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre

2012 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Music Competition

Download PDF

Congratulations to Dylan Manners Lalara who has won our 2012 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Comptetion. Congratulations also to the runner up prize recipients, the Woorabinda boys.

A CD featuring all the finalists' songs will soon be available.

The National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre's Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Music Competition gives Indigenous Australians the opportunity to showcase their creative talents and express their ideas about cannabis and its harmful impact on their communities.

The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Music Competition entries must be in the form of a song. The song can be in any genre/style, but must creatively explore the harmful impact of cannabis on Indigenous communities. Issues that could be explored include how cannabis negatively affects families, relationships, educational attainment or culture. The competition is open to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Australians only.

The National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC) was established in 2008 to provide information about cannabis to the Australian community and also assist people who may have problems with the drug.

Conditions of entry

For full terms and conditions please download the entry form.

  • the song may be recorded in any style but must be between 30 seconds and five minutes in length
  • the song will need to convey a message about how the use of cannabis may negatively impact on Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities
  • the competition is open to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Australians only
  • the song must be in either English or in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language. If the song is in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language, then the artist must include a written translation of the lyrics in English with their entry
  • the song must be the artist’s original work
  • multiple people may collaborate on the same entry and the prize will be divided equally among all names submitted on the entry form
  • the workshop is available for up to four people
  • entrants must record their entry onto CD or tape and three (3) copies of the entry must be received by the due date (do not send your master copy)
  • all entries must be accompanied by the official entry form.

Download the competition entry form here

Prize money:

There will be one national winner with prize money of $5,000. The winner will also have the chance to professionally record their song at a two-day workshop with Skinnyfish Music, Australia's leading record label for Indigenous Artists, as well as receiving advice about the industry. A runner up prize of $1,000 will also be awarded.

Closing date:

All entries must be received by Monday 1st October 2012 and be accompanied by the entry form.