Curriculum Vitae


Overview: An award winning musician, performer and music entrepreneur, Jessie Lloyd has experience in the areas composition, music direction, project management and sector development. Dedicated to the strength and progress of modern Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through the mediums of music and song.

Specialties: Music performance, production and musical direction, ATSI social and cultural protocols, festivals and event management (including Indigenous programming), artist support and development, business management and multimedia.



Melbourne Business School                                                         2015

– Murra Indigenous Business Masterclass

Abmusic College                                                                             2000 – 2002

– Certificate IV in Music

Carmel Adventist College                                                             1997 – 1999

– Year 12 Tertiary Education Entrance



Mission Songs Project                                          April 2015 – current

Curated by Jessie LLOYD, the Mission Songs Project is a personal initiative to research and present a collection of contemporary Indigenous songs that were performed from 1900 to 1999. Focusing on songs from the Christian missions, Aboriginal reserves and the fringes of township were Indigenous people were relocated.

Victorian College of the Arts                              Sept 2015 – Nov 2015

Casual music teacher for 2nd and 3rd year music ensembles, developing the Yil Lull Ensemble and mentoring students on contemporary and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music.

Archie Roach Foundation                                    Nov 2014 – Dec 2015

Currently the inaugural recipient of the Archie Roach Professional Development program initiated by the Archie Roach Foundation in supporting Indigenous producers and creative directors gain skills and support in larger scale projects and productions.

Ulumbarra Production                                         February 2015 – April 2015

A musical production developed by the Dja Dja Wurrung nation and the Bendigo Arts Centre and Music Directed by Davied Bridie. Jessie is commissioned to compose new works for this production as well act as vocal arranger under David Bridie in a supporting role.

Opera Australia                                                      January 2015 – February 2015

Assistant to the Music Director working under Iain Grandage in the opera The Rabbits, composed by Kate Miller Heidki and written by Lally Katz. The production is based on John Marsden and Shaun Tan’s compelling picture-book The Rabbits.

Songlines Aboriginal Music Corporation       April 2010 – November 2014

Artistic Director and then moved to CEO, developing programs with youth, artist development and support, producing festivals and events as well as working towards the improvement of the contemporary Indigenous music sector in Melbourne. Major projects include Share the Spirit Festival, Koorie Pride Youth Festival and the Sounds of Songlines monthly events.

Dreamtime at the G                                            2011/2012/2013/2014

Over the past four years I have been working on the Dreamtime @ The G event. In 2014 I was the Music Director of the pre-match entertainment. In 2013, I worked as assistant Creative Director under Margie McKay. The D@G is a national event at the MGC in front of 80,000 people and televised to 1.8 million.

Skin Choir                                                              October 2011 – Current

Commissioned by the City of Melbourne for the 2012 Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival, I developed and have worked as Musical Director of the SKIN Choir, which is made up of independent Victorian Indigenous artists who compose and perform songs based around the themes of cultural identity, mainstream stereotyping and urban living. Skin has 15 members.

The Koorie Tiddas                                               2010 – 2014

Musical Director of The Koorie Tiddas Youth Choir which offers opportunities for Aboriginal girls and young women to participate in positive, fulfilling and creative after-school activities. The project works in a culturally safe manner, to build self-esteem, confidence, resilience and a sense of identity through connection to Aboriginal culture and local community. It involves learning traditional language songs, acquiring music skills and performing original songs. Koorie Tiddas has 6 members.

Black Jacks Band                                                December 2012 – December 2014

An Indigenous themed cover band that pays tribute to what Paul Kelly described at Australia’s hidden hit parade. The band performs hit songs of Aboriginal bands from the 70’s, 80’s and 90′ that are now classics to the Indigenous community.

The Black Jacks is made up active members of the Indigenous music scene, many of whom are the next generation of the pioneers of the Indigenous hit parade. The band continues the legacy of the Indigenous stories and songs and celebrates the achievements of our music over the last 40 years.

King Kadu & the Sunshine Sisters                 2010 – 2012

King Kadu & the Sunshine Sisters were an effervescent and charismatic contemporary cultural group based in Melbourne VIC. Developing the Sunshine Sisters to support King Kadu, Jessie Lloyd also toured the group to QLD to perform for the 20th anniversary of the Mabo Day Celebrations.

Moomba Festival                                               Nov 2009 – Mar 2010

Indigenous Programs Coordinator – Programming Indigenous acts for the Cultural Quarter as well as negotiate arrangement of the Welcome to Country and Indigenous float concept with the Wurunjeri Council.

Djiva                                                                      2003 – 2010

In 2007 Djiva released its debut album “Yowarliny” to wide acclaim. Picking up the 2007 NAIDOC Perth Award for Artist of the Year, Djiva also won the 2007 WA Music Industry Song of the Year – World & Folk category and was nominated at both the 2008 and 2009 WAMi Awards as WA’s Best Indigenous Act. Roles: Management, tour management, finances, bookings, music production, singing and song writing.

Victorian NAIDOC March                                 2010/2013/2014

Assist the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service in the management and leading of the Victorian NAIDOC March event, crowd chants, artists, technical requirements, running sheets, etc.

The Chocolate Martini TV Series                    2007 – 2009

Produced by Jessie Lloyd with Della Rae Morrison and Elephant productions. A monthly live music event held in Perth, The Chocolate Martini featured local and nation Aboriginal musicians and is currently featured on NITV as a successful television series.

South West Aboriginal Entertainment        2005 – 2009

SWAE, was Jessie Lloyd’s owned and operated small business that focuses in the areas of community arts development through arts programs such as music development workshops, project and events management. Winner NAIDOC Perth Small Business of the Year and nominee for Belmont Small Business Award in 2007.

Rio Tinto Music Programs and Concert       Feb – Aug 2008

Working and developing the youth band Pilbara Fire in Karratha and Roebourne, WA. As well as coordinating the inaugural Mayagaburra Wirriwarni Festival in both locations.

Country Arts WA YCulture Program             2007 – 2008

Contracted several time between 2007 and 2008 to conduct one-week music workshops in the remote community of Yilyi in the Kimberley region of WA and develop the band the Walkabout Boys.

Community Arts Network WA                       2007 – 2008

Contracted to assist with a six-month schools program at Kellerberrin District School as well as run song-writing workshops in various Wheatbelt locations for the Voices of the Wheatbelt project.

Perth International Arts Festival                 2003/2005/2007

Performing in the Opening Ceremonies including a solo part in the PIAF 1000 voice choir in 2003 and 2005. SWAE was also contracted in 2008 as the Indigenous Programs Consultant.

Madjitil Moorna Choir                                     2005 – 2009

Musical Director of a community based reconciliation choir in Perth, WA. Choir members numbered up to 40 and participants were at a range of levels.

Muranduk – Black Arm Band                        Feb 2008

The Award winning Black Arm Band comprises of some of Australia’s most high profile Indigenous performers. Djiva was a special guest for the Perth Muranduk show.

Abmusic 20th Anniversary Celebrations   Nov 2006

Event Manager; sourced funding and programmed 10 acts, the event was held at the Fly By Night Musicians Club in Fremantle WA.

Healthways Schools Program                       Mar – Jun 2006

Coordinating and facilitating 40 health message performances to 45 schools around Perth metro area as part of the Healthway Respect Yourself, Respect Your Culture campaign.

Wardarnji Festival – City of Fremantle      Nov 2005

Festival coordinator and programmer under South West Aboriginal Entertainment. Events manage; stage manages, booking artists, technical requirements, running sheets, etc.

Yirra Yaakin Theater Company                   Jan -Jun 2003

Yirra Yaakin board member and performed in the production “Karl Kanniny” as part of the Perth International Arts Festival Opening Ceremony. Also provided the backing music for the production “No Excuse”.

Abmusic Aboriginal Music College             2003 – 2004

Abmusic committee member as well as occasional relief teacher for Cert I, II, III and IV in Music. Jessie Lloyd also received her Cert IV in Music through Abmusic as well as Bass player of the year for 3 consecutive years.



Too Solid Awards, Female Artist of the Year – Nominated           2009

WAM Indigenous Band of the Year – Nominated 2008/2009

WAM Song of the Year, World Music – Winner   2007

Perth NAIDOC Small Business of the Year     2007

Belmont Small Business Awards – Nominated     2007

ABmusic Bass Player of the year    2000/2001/2002



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