Media Centre

2014 News Archive

April (11)
March (25)
February (29)
January (5)

2013 News Archive

December (12)
November (19)
October (26)
September (16)
August (19)
July (15)
June (18)
May (46)
April (25)
March (29)
February (23)
January (16)

2012 News Archive

December (30)
November (23)
October (17)
September (21)
August (19)
July (15)
June (24)
May (34)
April (26)
March (33)
February (20)
January (19)

2011 News Archive

December (25)
November (33)
October (29)
September (24)
August (19)
July (17)
June (28)
May (52)
April (22)
March (33)
February (21)
January (1)

2010 News Archive

November (23)
October (95)
September (53)
August (68)
July (59)
June (83)
May (46)
April (31)
March (58)
February (41)
January (12)

2009 News Archive

December (23)
November (40)
October (34)
September (16)
August (11)
July (18)
June (13)
May (8)
April (9)
March (7)
February (5)
Email This Page Print-friendly Page

Media Centre

Music To The Ears Of Budding Victorian Musicians

Posted
10 April 2010

Emerging Victorian musicians have the chance to share in $25,000 worth of prizes as part of a new competition to help young artists forge and develop a career in the music industry.

Youth Affairs Minister James Merlino today encouraged young artists of all genres to apply for the Victorian Government’s Get Equipped competition and go in the running for a share of new music gear, combined with access to professional coaching and artist development.

“The Brumby Labor Government is committed to nurturing Victorian talent and supporting musicians to kick-start their careers and help develop their talents,” Mr Merlino said.

Get Equipped provides artists with a great opportunity to showcase their talents and go in the running for new music equipment that could help them realise their dreams.”

Mr Merlino said the Get Equipped competition is open to Victorians aged between 15 and 21 years old, who will need to submit a short performance of an original or cover song. The entries will be split into five categories, with three prizes available in each group including:

First PrizeBest Young Artist

  • $3,000 voucher for music equipment at Billy Hyde Music;
  • Coaching and artist development session from a music industry professional;
  • On-line promotion of submitted performance via youthcentral; and
  • Promotion of successful artist or group to leading music industry bodies.

Second Prize Best Emerging Young Artist

  • $1,500 voucher for music equipment at Allan’s Music;
  • On-line promotion of submitted performance via youthcentral; and
  • Promotion of successful artist or group to leading music industry bodies.

Third PrizeStandout Young Artist

  • $500 voucher for music equipment at Allan’s Music; and
  • On-line promotion of submitted performance via youthcentral.

 “We don’t discriminate against style – whether it’s jazz, hip hop, heavy metal, pop or Indie – we want young Victorian musicians to be as creative as they can,” Mr Merlino said.

“Entrants can apply as an individual or a band but need to submit a video performance of a song that they have either written or a cover song. The quality of the recording is not important – we just want to be able to see and hear the entry for it to be considered.”

Mushroom Marketing Managing Director Carl Gardiner said Get Equipped gave young musicians a chance to further their careers and improve the quality of their live performances.

“The fact that musicians have the chance to use digital technology to enter live video performances means it is readily accessible to Victorian musicians wherever they live.”

Get Equipped is part of the Victorian Government’s $7.1 million Victoria Rocks initiative and is open until Friday, 28 May, 2010. For more information go to www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au

Standing up for Northern Victoria Region