Following the untimely death of Alistair Hulett on 28 January 2010, two memorial funds were established in his name; one in the UK and one in Australia. Both funds were established with the aim of honouring and upholding Alistair’s legacy of actively campaigning through his music and his songwriting on behalf of the poor, the oppressed and the disadvantaged.
The Australian Fund was launched at the 2011 National Folk Festival in Canberra during a tribute concert to Alistair where we announced our intention to organise a songwriting event to continue Alistair’s legacy by encouraging the writing of songs with social justice themes.
The Fund invites songwriters and musicians based in Australia to enter the 2023 Songs for Social Justice Award with a song focused on promoting equality and social justice broadly defined.
The Alistair Hulett Memorial Fund has official listing on the Australian Register of Cultural Organisations (ROCO). In applying for recognition The Fund defined social justice broadly as being “anti-discriminatory and egalitarian in seeking to achieve equal rights and opportunities for all people including the poor, the oppressed, the marginalised and excluded”.
The closing date for entries to be considered is 31 December of each year, with the winner to be announced at the National Folk Festival in Canberra (Easter weekend) in the following year.