Arts NSW supporting talent in Aboriginal communities

2015 NSW Accelerate recipient, Marcus Corowa.

“An artist must always be true to himself and his art,” says singer-songwriter Marcus Corowa, one of five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders creative artists announced recently as part of the British Council’s annual leadership skills development programme ACCELERATE.

2015 is the second year of Arts NSW’s triennial partnership with the British Council for the ACCELERATE program. The artists will experience tailored leadership programs in Australia and also travel to London for professional placements and mentoring.

Mr. Corowa who left his home and family five years ago to pursue his music in Sydney, it’s an opportunity he’s really excited about. Starting from literally “gigging” on the streets, this self-made musician makes the most of every door that opens for him. “Music is in my blood, I grew up watching my father and grandfather play the guitar and it was passed on to me from the age of six. Music was always a huge part of my life but I never saw it as being my career. After seven years in a soul destroying job I finally got up the courage to follow my dreams and moved to Sydney! It’s the best decision I’ve ever made.”

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