Cicada History and Background

2009 

CiCADA International Ltd is established as a not-for-profit association in partnership with The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts to support young 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.

CiCADA Founding President Vicki Gordon initiates the research report SKIPPING A BEAT to assess the state of gender equality in the Australian Music Industry. The report is funded by MEAA (Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance) and undertaken by researchers from Sydney University & Deakin University in Victoria. 

CiCADA 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) at the Brisbane Powerhouse with the support of the QLD Government and CANON. AWMA is supported by First Nations, Multi Cultural, corporate, community, industry and education partners and is hailed as a major success leading the way for systemic change across the industry. 

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

2019

CiCADA produces the second annual Australian Women in Music Awards in QLD on 8 - 9 October 2019. 

CiCADA co-hosts the second SET THE STANDARD event with TWITTER in partnership with Settlement Services international in September 2019. 

CiCADA transitions from a not for profit association to a company limited by guarantee with DGR status.

CiCADA Founding President Vicki Gordon is recognised in the top 100 AFR Women of Influence.