Dreams do come true: NYU

Mi-kaisha is the first Indigenous Australian to be accepted into an undergraduate degree at New York University.

“It’s a dream come true for me to share my stories, and the stories of
Indigenous Australia, through music with the world” - Mi-kaisha

Mi-kaisha, age 18, is about to take her music across the oceans and learn from some of the world’s greatest musical mentors. She’s a story teller through music and a young social justice advocate.  Mi-kaisha is the first Indigenous woman to study at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. In December 2018, Mi-kaisha was successful in securing one of the 50 coveted positions to study a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Recorded Music) at the prestigious Clive Davis Institute of Music at NYU in September 2019. 

“Music is such an incredibly powerful carrier of our people’s stories, our history, and our voices.” - Mi-kaisha

Mi-kaisha’s music journey began over a decade ago on the streets of Sydney’s music scene. Born and raised in Sydney on Bidjigal and Gadigal country, with cultural ties to Dharumbal, she started out busking on the streets with a borrowed keyboard and raw vocals telling her stories through song. Her music is her way of inspiring others to dream big and make change, challenging stereotypes, and sharing stories of Aboriginal strength and grit.

“Music and songwriting is my way of getting that message of
empowerment to young Black women... It’s given me a purpose”- Mi-kaisha

Today, she is an award winning singer songwriter featured regularly around Sydney’s music scene and being showcased on Sydney’s finest stages such as the Sydney Opera House.

Cost of attendance per year:
Cost of tuition ~$85,000
Housing Cost ~$20,000

This is a 4-year degree.
Total cost of attendance ~$420,000
  • Mohammed Alam
    • $5 
    • 36 mos
  • Kim Day
    • $50 
    • 41 mos
  • Julia Glass
    • $200 
    • 42 mos
  • Redfern Foundation
    • $5,000 
    • 42 mos
  • Music Lover
    • $90 
    • 42 mos
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Fundraising team (3)

Mi-kaisha Masella
Raised $900 from 4 donations
Peakhurst Heights NSW
Kristy Masella
Team member
Raised $5,875 from 10 donations
Mayrah Sonter
Team member

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