NIMA is an incorporated Not-For-Profit Association that was established in March 2009 to address the lack of performance opportunities for contemporary jazz and improvised music artists in Newcastle. The driving goal of NIMA Inc is philanthropic, aiming to support local musicians so that they can showcase their skills and repertoire. NIMA is also looking forward to providing earplay to less commonly accessible music genres in a space where established musicians can experiment with new musical styles.
It is also NIMA's desire to support cultural revival in the city by focusing performances in the area through concert series and events and by working collaboratively with major institutions and community stakeholders. The NIMA management group continues to develop links with the community, local businesses, 1233 ABC, DungeonJazz, UON, TAFE and Newcastle City Council.
NIMA's mission is to actively support new and innovative music. To achieve this NIMA is creating performance opportunities and collaborating with a developing network of organisations, businesses, musicians and the wider community.
NIMA supports emerging artists by providing performance opportunities for graduates of the University of Newcastle, TAFE and other local musicians so that they can showcase their skills and repertoire in a professional performance space, gaining valuable performance experience. In doing so, NIMA aspires to carve out a new niche for upcoming local artists involved in Jazz and Improvised Music.