The Australia Council announced the ninth National Indigenous Arts Awards last week. Our very own Nooky won the national Dreaming Award based on his artistic merit, his excellence and his strategy for his career over the next twelve months. Chosen by a group of senior Indigenous leaders within the arts sector, Nooky will use this award to create the best album possible with his chosen team of mentors. He will make something his community will be proud of; take his artistry to new levels and break new ground for Indigenous hip hop.

“I feel empowered, I feel my community is empowered. To be selected by a group of senior people from my community means the world to me as Indigenous self-determination is one of my core values. I see it as an amazing vote of confidence for me as a young artist and validation that I’m heading in the right direction. To be honest, the cash is gonna make such a difference to my first release and give me opportunities for my music to have more reach.”

The awards were established in 2007 to recognise and celebrate the outstanding work and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

Read more about Nooky on the Australia Council’s website here