Big Sing in the Desert is an activity of Big Sing Incorporated, a not-for-profit association established to foster and support community singing and music, and provide opportunities for musical and cultural sharing. 8CCC Community Radio - Alice Springs Big Sing in the Desert is supported by 8CCC Community radio, Alice Springs
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Jill Parliament

The Jill Parliament Memorial Scholarship Fund

Purpose

Financial support for an individual of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent wishing to attend an activity of Big Sing Inc.

Who can apply

Any Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person wishing to develop singing and choral skills, and wishing to attend a Big Sing Inc event may apply or be nominated. No age limit applies.

Small groups wishing to participate together may also apply or be nominated to share the fund.

Amount

The fund provides up to $2000 per year to cover the cost of transport,
accommodation and attendance at a Big Sing Inc event.

2018 Scholarship Recipient

Big Sing Inc is very happy and proud to announce that the recipient of the 2018 Jill Parliament Memorial Scholarship is Aunty Jacinta Tobin, a senior Darug descendant of the Aboriginal people of the Greater Sydney Region.

Jacinta uses her music and her community work background to educate all on Darug language, songs and culture. She is working to revive Sydney's original language, and in 2017 and 2018 led a mass community choir performance for the Sydney Festival of her original song - Budjari Gunyalungalung Baraya-la (Let's Sing Good Dreaming) - in Darug language.

Deepest appreciation to the the family of Jill Parliament for making Jacinta's attendance at Big Sing 2018 possible.

2019 Application Dates

Applications OPEN on August 2nd, 2018 from this website.
Applications CLOSE on September 27th, 2018.
Applications are decided by the Big Sing Inc committee and announced on October 5th, 2018.
Applicant/s will be notified via email.

To apply: Email jodie@rachelhore.com for an application form.


Jill Elizabeth Parliament (1951 – 2016)

Jill Parliament left Canada with a backpack and guitar to travel around the world. She made many friends on her travels and often said that singing allowed her to easily meet new people.
In addition to meeting other travellers, her songs helped make connections across cultural differences in Fiji, New Zealand, India and in her new home in Australia. One of her first trips outside Sydney was to Aboriginal communities in NSW.

Over the years, Jill attended many of Rachel’s workshops and was delighted to join the Pop Up Choir in Canberra in 2015. Her family believes that using the positive power of singing to forge new bonds between Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians is a fitting tribute to her life full of friends and music.


Big Sing in the Desert is an activity of Big Sing Incorporated, a not-for-profit association established to foster and support community singing and music, and provide opportunities for musical and cultural sharing.