Creating a connection between young and established musicians is a key part of the Mullum Music Festival and has proven its worth over the last eight years. Highlighting this success is the return of Domini Forster, who sang as a 16 year old at the opening night of the Mullum Music Festival ten years ago, and was the catalyst for the youth mentoring program that has been running since 2009. This year she is returning as a mentor for other young performers following a successful career playing festivals across the country, being a finalist for Triple J Unearthed High, collaborating with renowned Australian songwriter Lior.
‘The Youth Mentorship Program is at the heart of what we do at Mullum Music Festival,’ says Festival Director Glenn Wright.
‘For young musicians seeking to find a path in the music industry, a mentor can be life changing. The connections made between young artists and their mentors often last long after the festival and the Youth Mentorship performances are always a festival highlight.’
This year’s mentors are Husky (Band category), Áine Tyrrell (Singer Songwriter), Kodi Twiner from LadySlug (Vocal category) and Domini Forster (Under 15s category).
Domini will be playing at Mullum Music Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. She’ll also be co-hosting a showcase of past Youth Mentorship winners alongside fellow local talent Cecilia Brandolini.
‘It feels like coming home, playing Mullum Fest again’ says Domini.
‘This community was so supportive of me as a young artist… And it’s such a beautifully fitting coincidence that it’s the festival’s 10th birthday this year too!’
Applications for the Mullum Music Festival Youth Mentorship Program open on 23 August and close on 20 October. With hundreds of applications each year, this is a huge opportunity for anyone wanting to make their mark at the festival that will run from the 16 to 19 November. For more information click here. Details at www.mullummusicfestival.com