This year’s winner, Aya Yves, said that she drew inspiration for her song,“At Your Door”, from a beloved Australian anthem.
“I kept thinking of the song, ‘I am, you are, we are Australian’ and how leaving the most vulnerable people behind doesn’t feel very Australian to me,” she said.
She said that being able to use her passion for music to highlight serious issues was a really “unique” experience.
“I want my song to give people hope. Hope that they are heard, that there are fellow Australians wanting our country to step up and do what’s right by those who are in great need,” Yves said.
For the song, Yves has received a $10,000 cash prize and two days in a recording studio.
Ali Taylor, Listen Up Music co-founder and CEO, said that the idea behind the competition really resonated with musicians across Australia.
“There is no correct stereotype of someone experiencing poverty, it can happen to anyone, and these musicians captured all of the nuances of someone trying to survive on $44 a day,” Taylor said.
For a single person, the JobSeeker payment is $140 a week below the poverty line.
Women over 45 are the fastest growing group of job seekers and are particularly vulnerable.
Competition co-convenors Stacey Thomas and Paul Madden, said that it was important to raise awareness of this issue in any way possible.
“There are approximately 1 million people receiving a JobSeeker payment,” Thomas and Madden said.
“These income payments are well below the poverty line forcing people into a poverty cycle they often cannot get out of.
“We need to raise the rate of income support so basic needs can be met.”
Ali Taylor (CEO, Listen Up Music, AYA YVES and Ron Haryanto (General Manager, Studios 301) pictured (l-r)