Art and music illuminate our lives, enrich our emotional world and act as a tool for deep learning. This is especially important in indigenous cultures, where art & music are fundamental to culture, sharing stories and communicating their relationship with the natural world. Today, a global movement is forming in which many artists are using their art as an instrument for social change.

The Sinchi Indigenous Artist Awards (SIAA) is focused on developing new audiences and raising awareness amongst the general public by recognising such indigenous artists & performers from around the world. Showing their connection to their native cultures from both traditional and modern worldviews. Featuring music and performance to painting, photography and spoken word.

How to Enter

The competition is focused exclusively on indigenous artists. However, we also welcome nominations from non-indigenous people. Competition will be open until February 29th 2020.

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Nominate an Artist

If you wish to put an indigenous artist forward, simply enter their name in the form below and hit ‘nominate’. A member of our team will reach out to your nominee, informing them of the Sinchi Indigenous Artist Awards (this data will not be shared with any third parties). You can also use the buttons below to share this awards page via social media.

Awards & Prizes

  • Winner
  • The overall competition winner will receive a grant of €2.000.00 through our Sinchi Fund for a community project of their choice
  • In-depth interview featured on press release distributed globally to international press
  • Promoted on our website and social media
  • Commended
  • Ten commended entries will be featured on press release and distributed globally to international press
  • Promoted on our website and social media

“Music and art can explain things in a different way than words can, people will be more open to get the message through music and art.”

– Sandra Márjá West
2019 competition judge