Heaps Decent is an Australian based dynamic arts organisation working with young people & emerging artists from diverse communities, providing a means by which they can tell their story in their own way. Heaps Decent supports change, positive futures & the development of high quality Australian music with a unique identity.
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Projects

Check out some of the major projects we’re delivering at the moment

GIRLS REFUGES

In 2017 we received support from APRA to run song writing and music production workshops with girls in The Girls Refuge and Lilians here in Sydney. We’ve had some incredible female artists involved including Nina Las Vegas, Elizabeth Rose, Kota Banks and Sparrows.

WILCANNIA AND FAR-WEST SESSIONS

Heaps Decent facilitators run week-long music and multimedia arts workshops in the small north-west NSW towns of Wilcannia, Bourke, Brewarrina, Walgett and Dubbo on a regular basis. There we work with with many Indigenous young people in their local communities.

LOMANDRA ‘LINKS TO LEARNING’

Heaps Decent has been running projects at Lomandra School in Campbelltown since 2010. The young people at Lomandra focus not only on music workshops, but a variety of digital art mediums as well to run in tandem with projects.

HOME BASE

Home Base is our monthly workshop at Redfern Community Centre. The workshop is run as a drop-in format with young people able to come and record with one of our facilitators in the quality studio. A high standard of production is maintained, targeting skills ranging from lyric writing and beat making to professional conduct. With performance outcomes as one of the focuses of the project, some of the young people have performed at Fuzzy’s Curve Ball and Parklife festivals and at the Australian Parliament House!

JUVENILE JUSTICE ‘BIG UP’ PROGRAM

The Big Up program focuses on music creation and appreciation skills, building confidence and self-expression. It aims to help at-risk and Indigenous young people to find alternative ways to engage with education and become engaged members of the community. The project takes place at schools and programs within Juvenile Justice Centres and schools for young people with behavioural challenges right across NSW.

KEY COLLEGE

Heaps Decent runs a weekly workshop with the young people of Key College in Redfern, a private College run by Youth Off The Streets that provides education for young people without stable housing. Heaps Decent have been leading weekly music workshops at Key College since 2008 with great success!

RIVERINA & WAGGA SESSIONS

Riverina and Wagga Sessions is an ongoing workshop project in the Riverina hub of Wagga Wagga in NSW and greater Riverina area. The project consists of workshop visits at various centres around the Riverina region with numerous community partners.

AT THE DRIVE IN

A Shopfront Contemporary Arts and Performance project in partnership with diverse organsiations such as West Darling Arts (Broken Hill, NSW) and the Hazelhurst Gallery (Gymea, NSW) At The Drive In was an exciting interactive media installation, performance and touring festival culminating in performances at an abandoned Drive-in in Broken Hill.

DETOURS & DESTINATIONS

Detours & Destinations was a joint project between Heaps Decent, Shopfront: Contemporary Arts and Performance and the Department of Juvenile Justice with the Sydney Opera House. D&D was an integrated multi-media arts project framing the stories and experience of young people from Lomandra School in Campbelltown, Miimali Aboriginal Community Association in Blacktown and Fairfield Intensive English Centre.