Turning the spotlight on musical talent from Queensland’s regional and remote communities is the focus of a unique mentoring project being rolled out over the coming six months. After receiving applications from all over Queensland – ten young women aged between 15 and 25 have been selected to be a part of the 2018 BIG SKY GIRLS program.
An initiative of Brisbane music company SUGARRUSH Music, BIG SKY GIRLS will see the 10 young songwriters attend creative and professional development workshops in Brisbane with established artists and industry professionals including: Jackie Marshall, Kellie Lloyd, Roz Pappalardo, Sabina Lawrie, Brianna Carpenter, Paula “Jonesy “Jones, Sarah Howells, Leanne Tennant, Sian Evans, Francesca De Valence, Danny Widdicombe, Craig Hawker, Jeff Lovejoy and Craig Spann - with more to be announced.
The selected artists will also be supported through a free six-month mentorship program aimed at in building talent and establishing music careers.
Aside from workshops and weekly mentoring, the selected participants will also see one of their songs professionally recorded by Jeff Lovejoy (Powderfinger, Resin Dogs, Tex Perkins) and will be invited to perform at very special showcase in Brisbane this October.
Congratulations to all the selected artists!
Sahara Beck has been named as the recipient of the $15,000 Carol Lloyd Award for 2019, the announcement taking place at the launch of this year's Queensland Music Festival.
Queensland Music Festival has launched its massive 2019 program. The state-wide program for the festival's 20th anniversary will run 5 July through to 28 July and bring "the gift of music to all corners of the state". Find out what's on and how you can get involved!
Last fortnight Paris Irwin, winner of the Industry Connect ‘Chill with Paces’ mentoring session spent an afternoon at Alchemix Recording Studios with Paces to gain some priceless industry insight, feedback on her songs and whip up a groovy new tune with the Gold Coast based producer.
Tucked away in the mountains of the Sunshine Coast is the picturesque Heliport Studios where for the second year, eight Industry Connect participants will spend four days co-writing and collaborating on new music with the guidance of industry experts.
APRA AMCOS have announced the return of the biennial APRA Professional Development Awards offering nine individual winners $15,000 each. The Smugglers of Light initiative will also return in 2019, providing a promising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music or media practitioner with a grant of $12,000.