19.3 C
Byron Shire
August 4, 2021

Linking musos with mentors

Latest News

Youth arrested over Nimbin shooting

A 20-year-old has been charged over a shooting that took place in the middle of the day near the centre of Nimbin.

Other News

A day of ‘thank you’

Alison Drover, Broken Head How about a day of ‘thank you’ to our health workers and ‘sorry’ from our prime minister...

Council negligence

Jim Mangleson, Ocean Shores Interesting article by Steve Hansen regarding artificial reefs for Byron’s erosion problem (Echo, 21 July). He mentions...

Byron beach erosion

Ann Tiernan, Suffolk Park I strongly disagree with Council’s position stated in last week’s Echo that ‘The sand (at Clarkes Beach)...

To kill all Jews? No…

Subhi Awad, Mullumbimby With respect to Wakil and Macklin (Letters, 21 July) the assertion that the Palestinian resistance wants to kill...

Two missing persons alerts on Northern Rivers

One of the cases is a woman who has been missing for more than a month.

Cartoon of the week – 4 August, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.


From touring Frank Ocean to mentoring Lismore-based urban collective SupaFresh – music production and touring veteran Anthony McFadden at Southern Cross University, meets his newest band today. SupaFresh is Sarah Bennett, Blake Rhodes and Mitch King.

Arts Northern Rivers and Southern Cross University announce seven local musicians to take part in a four-month mentorship project with music industry leaders.

Arts Northern Rivers is excited to announce that seven local musicians and groups have been selected to take part in a mentorship project delivered in partnership with Southern Cross University.

Funded through Arts NSW Regional Partnership program, the Connect project aims to support musicians to develop their careers in the music industry. The project builds on the success of the Music Brokers project delivered by Arts Northern Rivers in 2011.

Musicians have been individually matched with leading professionals working within the music industry who will act as mentors for the duration of the program.

More than 75 applications were received from eager musicians vying for a spot in the mentorship program when the project kicked off in March. Ten were invited to perform at a closed audition at Southern Cross University’s Studio One29 before program partners in collaboration with music industry specialists selected the lucky seven finalists.
Arts Northern Rivers CEO, Peter Wood said, ‘The fact that we had more than 75 musicians expressing interest in participating in this project not only demonstrates the incredibly rich music scene we have in our region but also the need to support and develop this important sector of the creative industries’.
‘The Connect mentorship project for musicians is a fantastic opportunity that we hope will produce some rewarding and lasting outcomes for our participants.’
Dr Matt Hill, a contemporary music lecturer in the School of Arts and Social Sciences, said, ‘For a sustainable career in the music industry musicians need to have a very broad skill set and I think experienced mentors can help guide musicians in the right directions’.
SCU will be managing the research element of the project, which aims to measure the value of the mentorship program.

‘The research element of the Connect project will look closely at the impact of this mentorship model on the career trajectories of the musicians involved. We will also be looking at ways that the mentorship model can be applied to other contexts,’ said Dr Hill.
The full list of participating musicians and matched mentors is as follows.

The Black Lullaby – Angela Saul, Lucus Zoro, Gav Bourke and Isaac Blomley
Mentored by Samuel J Fell – assistant editor (Rhythms) / freelance journalist (Rolling Stone / Fairfax / Big Issue)

SupaFresh – Sarah Bennett, Blake Rhodes and Mitch King
Mentored by Anthony McFadden – tour manager at Live Nation (most recently toured with Frank Ocean);  past – international production manager at The Drop NZ, production and tour manager at Niche Productions

Starboard Cannons – Ash Bell and Matt Bone
Mentored by Clara Iaccarino – manager to Mama Kin and Tinpan Orange / co-founder and executive producer at MAKEbeLIVE Productions

Shiny Shiny – Patty Preace and Melania Jack
Mentored by Candy Bowers – co-artistic director, writer and performer at Black Honey Company
Andrea Soler 
Mentored by Frankie Kimpton – co-director of Melbourne-based boutique artist booking agency, HUB Touring

Sara Tindley
Mentored by Norman Parkhill – director at inSYNC Music, provider of specialist music services for film, TV and advertising

Jacob Pember
Mentored by Jason Fernandez – composer and music editor at Trackdown;  Past – music editor for Walking With Dinosaurs and Happy Feet 2.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

NSW Parliament off for a month, with full pay

With COVID-19 cases surging across Sydney and defence forces being deployed in the city, NSW Parliament put out a brief statement last week saying MPs will not sit in the month of August ‘owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in NSW’.

Markets could return to Byron’s Butler St Reserve

Byron’s weekly farmers’ market may return to its traditional home in Butler Street Reserve after detailed soil testing found that the park was less contaminated than was feared.

Push to create transitional accommodation at Lot 22

Should the Council-owned plot of land in Mullumbimby, known as Lot 22, be used for temporary accommodation for those at risk of homelessness, as a matter of urgency?

Sticking to facts

Roger Cotgreave, Byron Bay Thanks to The Echo for reporting scientific facts around the pandemic and not relying on social media ‘research’. Also a big thanks...