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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.
 
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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
 
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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.


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