Black Arm Band plays its final song

Established in late 2005, the much-lauded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary music company will cease operations this month.

The Black Arm Band performing dirtsong in São Paulo, Brazil in May 2016. Image via

Established in late 2005, the Black Arm Band – a Helpmann Award-winning company whose rotating line-up has included the likes of Archie Roach, Lou Bennett, Kutcha Edwards, Emma Donovan and Dan Sultan – is to cease trading this month.

The news was announced in an email from the organisation’s Board, which was sent to staff in early December.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts