Case Study

Northern Sound System builds on the rich musical history of Adelaide’s northern suburbs

Northern Sound System uses music to engage with young people and builds on the rich musical history of Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

By providing training in song writing, lighting and sound engineering, and digital music production, it not only provides a form of recreation and cultural engagement, but also a career pathway for young people who have struggled with mainstream education.

A shining example is Tkay Maizda, a product of Northern Sound System, who was named ‘Best New Artist’ by Rolling Stone Magazine in 2014 and more recently Best Female Artist in the 2015 SA Music Awards.

This initiative is working well in the Playford area and, if replicated and expanded, could potentially bring similar benefits across the region.