Miiesha awarded $18.5k First Nations grant, announces two new EPs

Trials and Jess Hitchcock were among the four other grant recipients

Miiesha is one of five Indigenous artists set to receive $18,500 through a new series of First Nations Sound Recording Partnership grants.

The grants, funded by ARIA, The Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) and the Australia Council for the Arts, aim to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians and bands with their next projects.

Trials, Jess Hitchcock, Luke Riches and The Struggling Kings, and Daniel Wilfred were the four other grant recipients.

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Per a press release, Miiesha plans to use her share of the funds to record two new EPs which will follow on from her critically acclaimed debut record, ‘Nyaaringu’.

The EPs, entitled ‘Smoke’ and ‘Mirrors’, will be “a two-part story exploring the challenging relationship with a loved one”.

While ‘Smoke’ will examine “anger, sadness and hurt through chaotic production”, Miiesha has termed ‘Mirrors’ “reflective, stripped back and healing”.

“We are delighted this dedicated investment in First Nations musicians will build the profile and careers of First Nations musicians, helping create pathways for the next generation of First Nations musicians,” said Patricia Adjei, Head of First Nations Arts and Culture at the Australia Council, in a statement.

NME gave ‘Nyaaringu’ a four-star review upon its release in May, calling it “a soulful R&B record whose tales of discrimination, empowerment and freedom bear relevance well beyond Australia’s borders”.

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The record also picked up Best Soul/R&B Release at this year’s ARIA Awards, beating out Tash Sultana, Genesis Owusu and more to claim the prize.

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