Interview: Mullum Unearthed!

Mullum Unearthed at Mullumbimby High School

Mullumbimby High School Hall | Friday 15 June | $5 -$10

Mullumimby High School students interested in event management and in creating events that benefit young people in our region have come together to create Mullum Unearthed! – a competition that showcases our local musical talent. Oliver Arthur-Andrews is one of the organisers; he spoke with The Echo.

What was the inspiration for Mullum Unearthed?

Mullum Unearthed was initially inspired by the Byron Shire Council’s Small Changes Grant, which encouraged us to design an event that would benefit youth in the Shire while also entertaining the broader community. Money raised from ticketing will also be donated to the local Chrysalis program, a risk-prevention program for teenage girls in the Shire. We particularly wanted to promote the amazing music culture of the Shire by helping aspiring artists to make the leap from school performances to playing for a large mixed audience from the community and the possibility of recording their music. We believe these two opportunities will greatly assist their future careers in music.

How have you put the project together?

We have been working on the project since September last year, beginning with the grant application, followed by seeking extra sponsorship from the community, refining our vision of the event, creating our website and a poster seeking auditions. Also just learning and chipping away at the mountain of tasks that accompany the running of an event, like food, format, time and date…

What skills are you learning along the way?

I’ve learnt a lot about event management, meetings with the council have introduced me to the world of council approvals and things such as risk assessments which are necessary for running this kind of a community event. On top of this, the event has helped my ability to write PR and the likes of the initial grant application. I think the most helpful skill I have learnt is to allocate work to a team, learning that it’s not smart to try tackle it all yourself. With that said, it’s still something I’m learning!

Can you see yourself in event management ? What is your dream job?

In all honesty I can’t see myself in event management as a future job; however, I have had fun along the way and cherish the fact that I have this experience in case a future opportunity comes calling. My dream job is constantly changing. I love science and maths, but I also love the creative aspects of English, as well as debating, film/photography, and I really enjoy soccer. Ultimately I want to help the environment in the best way I can.

If you had endless money for the budget, how would you stage the Unearthed comp?

Really spicing up the Mullumbimby High School hall would be great, but I actually can’t think of much because we are very lucky to have the support of the high school for sound equipment, venue, and the like, as well as awesome prizes from our sponsors.

Can you tell me about the comp? Categories, prizes etc?

The competition will consist of performances by bands of musicians between ages of 12 and 18 from three local high schools. Each of the bands are able to win in both the community voted category and the sponsor judged category. The Community Voted prize is a day in Garret Kato Production’s Studio, recording and mixing. The Sponsor Judged prizes are 1st: SCU session of recording + $500 voucher for Byron Music; 2nd: $300 voucher for Byron Music; 3rd: $200 voucher for Byron Music. All of these prizes have been very generously donated by these sponsors, so a big shout out to them, including Santos, Byron Shire Council and ESP surfboards! ESP have donated a surfboard, which will be a lucky door prize.

How are you going to choose the winner?

The community will each be able to vote for their favourite band, which will determine the winner of the first category. A panel of four judges from the sponsors of the event will select the winners of the second category.

What should we expect on the night?

A friendly community atmosphere of music lovers from all ages, some very exiting acts comprising talented local youth, the opportunity to support these local musicians by also voting for your favourite and, most importantly, yummy food for sale, including falafels, both meat and veg curries cooked by Mullumbimby High Hospitality students, as well as non-alcoholic drinks.

Tix are pre-purchased $5 at Santos in Mullum, Byron Music, Valiant Music in Brunswick Heads or $10 on the door on the night.

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