Our Proclamation of Values <3
LISTEN exists to initiate and foster change, using a feminist perspective to promote the visibility and experiences of women, LGBTQIA+, trans and gender diverse, people of colour, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and other marginalised folk in Australian music.
LISTEN presents live events to engage the public, to showcase and support artists and to create a platform for an anthology to document the participation of these musicians and audiences who are apart of these groups in Australian music.
Utilising online and print media to share experiences, opinion pieces, musical ideas, paraphernalia and mix tapes, LISTEN is here to instigate and celebrate equal participation in the music industry. This outcome is one we aim to facilitate in whatever way the community believes effective and appropriate, and to encourage engagement by anyone who is enthused and inspired to do so.
LISTEN also runs a bi-annual conference. The conference hosts a mix of panels, workshops, speakers and live performances, on a range of diverse topics to build on conversations currently occurring in society.
We seek ongoing submissions, project and collaboration ideas from people involved in any capacity in the Australian music industry, and sub-cultural communities past and present.
Fabulous skills or expertise are not a prerequisite – our focus is firmly on expression and documentation.
We are dedicated to a continued emphasis on a breadth of diversity in the Australian music scene. Historically and in the present day – in our own words, on our own terms.
LISTEN will donate 10% of any monies raised through its events and conferences to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities/organisations/charity.
LISTEN values: Equality, Intersectionality, Fairness, Justice, Education, Inquiry, Innovation, Interconnection, Inclusion, Honesty, Respect and Compassion.
How LISTEN Began
Evelyn Morris got a little fed up with the tired, exclusionary conversations around music and posted her thoughts online. A huge groundswell of interest in continuing the conversation surfaced, and it has lead to this incredible project being created.
There are a number of core members who contribute to organisation, mentoring, ideology, events, publishing, scouting for contributors, archiving and collection of huge lists of great music, presentation and more. This dynamic team is committed to bringing feminism and equality into music in Australia, and will allow the conversation to grow and change however it needs to.
A large part of the LISTEN project is to encourage conversation around female experiences in music and allow musicians, and others involved in the music scene to connect. If you would like to become more involved in LISTEN projects, curate a LISTENING Party, or help in some other way, please get in touch.
One of the best ways to become involved in the project is to contribute your thoughts or experiences. We’re currently looking for written and image based submissions. For more information read our detailed guidelines and FAQs here.
For those who would like a little more guidance, be it putting together a piece for submission or navigating the music world in general, we’d like to help. Contact us for more information about mentorship through LISTEN.
We have compiled a list of services and resources here.