Cicada History and Background

2009 : CiCADA International Ltd is established as a not-for-profit arts and cultural organisation in partnership with The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts to support Indigenous, marginalised and disadvantaged artists and communities. 

Since then, CiCADA has earned a reputation as a specialist in its field, gaining national and international recognition for its brand of creative community engagement and advocacy. CiCADA is committed to contributing to both policy and the body of knowledge around gender & cultural equity in the Australian Music Industry. 

2010 : CiCADA is registered as a Charity and granted DGR Status.

CiCADA is contracted by the Federal Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts to deliver a series of workshops & mentoring programs for Indigenous artists participating in Peter Garrett's Breakthrough initiative.

2011 - 2012 : CiCADA is represented in the Indigenous Contemporary Music Review through the Department of Culture and the Arts in Western Australia. CiCADA's recommendation to develop strategies for connection with Industry professionals and artists from the East Coast is adopted as a major priority.

2013 : CiCADA launches the Pilot program Nurlu Jalbingan in the Kimberley to support emerging and mid-career Aboriginal artists to develop essential music business skills to enhance their careers.

2014 : CiCADA partners with The Healing Foundation to deliver the songwriting program Empowerment through Expression in Western Australia and the Kimberley.

2015 : CiCADA develops the COCOON program, a community intervention designed for marginalized and/or at risk community groups, CALD groups and Indigenous groups.

2016 : CiCADA is represented at Music Australia's Round table at Customs House in Sydney and APACA (Australian Performing Arts Conference) at the Melbourne Arts Centre.


Executive Director Vicki Gordon initiates the research report SKIPPING A BEAT to assess the state of gender equality in the Australian Music Industry. The report is undertaken by researchers from Sydney University & Deakin University in Victoria. 

Executive Director Vicki Gordon co-convenes Music Australia's FIRST Round table panel on diversity and inclusivity at Customs House in Sydney.

2017 : The SKIPPING A BEAT research report is published finding that male advantage is a pervasive feature of the Australian music industry.

2018 : CiCADA produces the inaugural Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA) in Brisbane providing a unique opportunity for First Nations and CALD women including women from remote and regional QLD leading the way for systemic change across the Australian Music industry.

CiCADA co-hosts SET THE STANDARD an open forum with TWITTER Australasia to address the inequities facing women entering and working in the Australian Music Industry.   

2019 : CiCADA produces the second Australian Women in Music Awards in Brisbane. A 2 day event including forums, a key note address, networking opportunities, award ceremony and concert providing a unique opportunity for First Nations and CALD women including women from remote and regional QLD. 

CiCADA co-hosts the second SET THE STANDARD event with TWITTER in partnership with Settlement Services international providing support to profile more CALD women across the sector. 

CiCADA transitions to a company limited by guarantee with DGR status.

Executive Director Vicki Gordon is the only Australian music executive to be recognised in the 2019 AFR TOP 100 Women of Influence.  

2020 : Executive Director Vicki Gordon is a NSW State finalist in the 2020 Telstra Business Women's Awards.