The Young Coasties Song Music Project is a new workshop program for young musicians which will culminate in a performance on the final day of the Culburra Beach Festival on May 14.
The project aims to give young musicians in the Shoalhaven and South Coast access to music industry mentors and a workshop framework to share how they can create their own original music.
Alex McNeilly, project manager and Marcus Adamson, program manager designed the program with local youth and young musicians in 2016.
“It’s important to create and provide new ways for youth and young people on the South Coast and in regional communities to access choice, opportunity and possibilities,” Mr Adamson said.
The organisers secured funding from the NSW Government to cover costs so that they could offer a free program to the selected young musicians.
“We received over a hundred online applications, we have so much young talent in our region which made the decision and selection process very difficult,” song writing mentor Sivan Agam said.
The quality of the applications was so high they had to take extra participants increasing the number to thirty spots.
The young artists and bands selected come from all of the South Coast including Ulladulla, Tomerong, Nowra and Bomaderry.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Rae, Chloe Dadd, Shelby Thornett, Isobel Rabbidge, Rachel Tidbury, Lucinda O’Dowd, Ryan Ferry, Joshua Cooper, Thor Groom, Daniel Lucas, Joe Visser, Jaden Spence plus all the band members in UltraViolet, Fika, Seven Suns, Serpentine and The Wandering Souls.
The Young Coastie Song Music Project will work with, mentor and support the 30 young musicians through workshops in song writing, producing and recording their song and improving live stage performance. The project also aims to provide knowledge on specific music industry information they need to manage their own publicity, copyright and pathway options in the original and live music scene.
“We are lucky enough to have some experienced and talented musicians from the music industry mentoring in the project, Sivan and Todd from April Maze, Cam Little from The Vanns who are both experienced song writers, Marcus Adamson and Luke Robins for recording and producing skills plus many others,” Mr McNeilly said.
“As part of the Culburra Beach Festival, we want everyone to come along and enjoy home grown original songs and music, a celebration of local South Coast music,” he added.