The Jill Parliament Memorial Scholarship Fund

Supporting Aboriginal singers from around Australia to attend Big Sing in the Desert

Who may apply?

Any Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person wishing to develop singing and choral skills, and wishing to attend the Big Sing in the Desert event may apply or be nominated. No age limit applies. Small groups wishing to participate together may also apply or be nominated to share the fund.


The fund provides up to $2,000 per year towards the cost of transport, accommodation and attendance at Big Sing in the Desert.

2019 Application Dates

Applications NOW OPEN. Complete and submit the form below.
Applications CLOSE on 31st December 2018.
Applications are decided by the Big Sing Inc committee and announced on 15th January 2019.
Applicant/s will be notified via email.

2018 Scholarship Recipient

The recipient of the 2018 Jill Parliament Memorial Scholarship was Aunty Jacinta Tobin, a senior Darug descendant of the Aboriginal people of the Greater Sydney Region.

Jacinta uses her music and her community work background to educate all on Darug language, songs and culture. She is working to revive Sydney’s original language, and has led a mass community choir performance for the Sydney Festival of her original song – Budjari Gunyalungalung Baraya-la (Let’s Sing Good Dreaming) – in Darug language.

The scholarship enabled Jacinta to attend the 2018 Big Sing in the Desert. She has spoken very eloquently about how being at the Big Sing in the Desert was so inspiring for her musically, and gave her heart to continue her commitment to her work preserving Darug language.

Deepest appreciation goes out to the family of Jill Parliament for making Jacinta’s attendance at Big Sing 2018 possible.

The total so far …

Help us bring singers from the Central Desert communities to this year's BIG SING.

Find out more …

Jill Elizabeth Parliament

(1951 – 2016)

Jill Parliament left Canada with a backpack and guitar to travel around the world. She made many friends on her travels and often said that singing allowed her to easily meet new people. In addition to meeting other travellers, her songs helped make connections across cultural differences in Fiji, New Zealand, India and in her new home in Australia. One of her first trips outside Sydney was to Aboriginal communities in NSW.

Over the years, Jill attended many of Rachel’s workshops and was delighted to join the Pop Up Choir in Canberra in 2015. Her family believes that using the positive power of singing to forge new bonds between Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians is a fitting tribute to her life full of friends and music.

What else is happening …

Big Sing in the Desert is an activity of Big Sing Incorporated, a not-for-profit association established to foster and support community singing and music, and provide opportunities for musical and cultural sharing.