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Record Number of Music Awards Entries

The 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards has attracted a record amount of entries this year, from original Hunter and Central Coast musicians.

Now in its 6th year the project continues to encourage, support and recognise local talent.

By the time entries closed on Friday, June 29, event organisers had counted 465 original songs across a dozen genres. As with the previous five years of the competition, individual entrants were limited to three original tracks each, demonstrating the depth of musical talent in the region.

There was a strong showing in the country, alternative and rock genres, while this year the instrumental and folk categories saw twice as many entries compared to 2006.

The judging process will now run for five weeks at a local level before category finalists are sent out to music industry experts Australia wide.

In addition to winning a genre category awards, entrants are in the running to win:

  • ABC Music Best Artist Award (A six track EP which is recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by ABC Music)
  • ABC Music Publishing and APRA Songwriters and Composers Recognition Award ($1000.00 cash prize provided)
  • A variety of specialist awards (including Best Male & Female Vocals, Best Young Talent, Listeners’ Choice and Hunter & Central Coast Broadcasters’ Choice)

1233 ABC Newcastle is now playing music award entries on the locally-produced breakfast, morning, dayshift and drive programs each day of the week. Maynard’s Music Hunter program features interviews with the entrants, and is available as a weekly podcast.

Winners will be announced during at the Civic Theatre Newcastle, Friday 19 October 2007, which includes a concert featuring local and national talent.

For more information about the Music Awards visit abc.net.au/newcastle/musicawards or contact Kathryn Holloway – 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Coordinator on 02 4922 1200 / 0412 771 042 or via email at Holloway.kathryn@abc.net.au.


Posted on August 14th, 2007 in Newcastle Music Awards


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