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1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards 2008

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

After 6 extremely successful years the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards is on again in 2008. This competition is a fantastic opportunity for local bands and musicians to get their music out there. There are great prizes to be won and a good chance of getting some airplay on 1233 ABC Newcastle.

Entry kits are now available from ABC Newcastle, corner of Parry and Wood Streets, Newcastle West or online from the 1233 ABC Newcastle Website. You can get your entry in by Post or drop it in to one of the ABC radio stations. Last call for entries is 5pm on Friday the 13th of June 2008!

Categories this year include:

    1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards 2008

  • Alternative: Also known as ‘indie’, encompassing the rock / pop style of music that is a little left of centre (from The Cure to Radiohead to Nirvana to Pavement to PJ Harvey to Arcade Fire…); by all means anything a little left of centre in its genre – alt folk, alt country.
  • Blues & Roots: From classic Blues (Muddy Waters) to Blues rock (ZZ Top, John Spencer Blues Explosion) to Roots (John Butler Trio, Ash Grunwald) to a mix (Mia Dyson).
  • Contemporary: Dare we call this the more ‘serious’ side of pop? Formerly known as the ‘Adult Contemporary’ category (Missy Higgins, Coldplay, John Mayer).
  • Country: From Slim Dusty to Kasey Chambers to Keith Urban.
  • Folk: Songs that tell a story; from traditional bush bands, to Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, to The Waifs.
  • Instrumental: Music without lyrics, where the melody is carried by an instrument other than voice / vocals. Classical music entries fit best within this category.
  • Jazz: Traditional, Swing, Instrumental and Acid varieties.
  • Pop: Literally, popular music. Also includes style-specific pop in the tradition of The Beatles, the B52′s, 80′s pop, Britpop and Aussie bands like Custard, for example. The line between a pop song and a poppy rock song is very fine …. we’ll leave it up to you!
  • Rock: From old school rock (ACDC, Cold Chisel) to garage rock (White Stripes) to pop rock (Crowded House). Heavy Rock is its own sub-category.
  • Soundtracks: Music for Theatre and other Productions. Original music composed for and / or used in theatrical, film and other productions in (or coming up in) 2008. Please include details about the production and where the song / score section fits in.
  • Urban: The umbrella for the following sub-categories: Hip Hop, RnB andElectronica (includes Dance, House, Trance, Drum n Bass, Ambient and all digitally generated music).

Amongst the new features of this years awards is a blog maintained by the Music Awards Co-ordinater, Natasha Schaad, that will keep you up to date with the latest developments.

Also, for the first time there is an opportunity for local cover bands to show thier stuff in the Viva Le Cover Competition where local bands are invited to submit their rendition of Cold Chisel’s iconic song Star Hotel.

In order to enter a song in the competition the artist/band (majority of band members) must be local to the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Upper and Lower Hunter, Port Stephens and Central Coast area; living here now (for at least 6 months) or having lived here for at least 7 of the last 15 years.

For more information and entry kits visit and follow the links to the Newcastle Music Awards.

Update Tickets are now on sale for the Awards night at

Let There Be School Rock

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Let There Be School Rock‘Let There Be School Rock’ is not your average high school band competition. Now in its 6th successful year, ‘Let There Be School Rock’ provides an opportunity for young original bands from the Hunter Region and Central Coast to showcase their music in a live performance, for some of the nations leading music industry professionals.

Entry forms for this years competition are now available to download from the Newcastle Music Week website

This year’s prizes include:

  • Free entry into the national MusicOZ Awards, 12 Months Mentorship with MusicOZ
  • The winning band will receive a live performance mentoring session with award winning artist and principal of ‘Rosie’s School of Rock‘, Craig Rosevear.
  • Each member of the winning band will receive a Rosie’s School of Rock Merch pack consisting of: 1 Beanie, T-Shirt, Bag, Pen and Sticker.
  • More Prizes to be announced as they are confirmed.

Judges were so impressed with 2007 winners ‘Kissing the Lipless‘, that the band received free recording time at Damien Gerrard Studios, Sydney which was so highly regarded it made the studios compilation album. Previous winners Benjalu went on to take out the highly prestigious ‘Youth Rock Award’.

For the opportunity to play live at the Civic Theatre and to seriously kick start your bands career, fill out your entry forms and have them returned by June 30, 2008.

For more information visit

Resonate – The Music Industry Showcase 2008

Monday, May 26th, 2008

Resonate 2008Resonate – the Music Industry Showcase 2008 is proudly presented by TAFE NSW Hunter Institute and sponsored by Coca-Cola, EAO Entertainment, The Brewery and The Post. It is shaping up to be Newcastle’s biggest opportunity to showcase our vibrant local music scene this year!

Resonate, the Music Industry Showcase 08, bridges the gap between local bands and the national music industry! The Brewery provides the perfect backdrop for young emerging artists to prove themselves to industry judges. They are vying for a spot at the Grand Final at the Civic Theatre come October during Newcastle Music Week. Newcastle Music Week, now in its sixth year, is produced by the students at Hunter TAFE studying Music Industry Business and Technology.

The 2007 winners of Resonate, Vaudeville, have released their debut EP with the help of the $20,000 prize package, “Winning Resonate has helped our career in so many ways. We made contacts in the music industry, won thousands of dollars worth of prizes as well as having our next EP recorded for free! It gave us instant recognition and a head start in the industry which we sorely needed”, band member Chris English said.

In 2006, competition winners Light Noise won the coveted support slot for Silverchair on NYE 2006 at The Brewery. Their self-titled debut EP has also been released through Reign Records with national distribution through MGM.

If you’re an amateur or professional band and don’t have a contract with, or receive financial assistance from a major record company; this is the ideal launch pad for your career. All band members must be 18 or over and reside in Newcastle, Central Coast or Hunter Region to be eligible to enter.

Entries into Resonate are now open and will close 7th July 2008, so get your act together and give it a go! The Brewery will play host to nine jam-packed heats, plus two massive semi-finals. Heats will kick off in early August 2008. The Grand Final will be showcased at Newcastle’s Civic Theatre on October 31, 2008.

Each week The Post’s TE entertainment section will keep you informed of upcoming heats, results and more.

Winners of Resonate this year come away with not only having performed at the famous Civic Theatre Newcastle, but will perform to Music Industry professionals from top indie companies AND win prizes valued at over $20,000. Keep your ear to the ground for details of the awesome prizes on offer this year.

Resonate entrants are lucky enough in the first selection process to have their demos played to a panel of music industry professionals, including Heath Johns (A&R Manager, Universal Music Publishing), Clive Hodson (General Manager, Shock Music Publishing) and Scott Bradbury (NSW State Manager, Shock Entertainment).

If you’ve got an original repertoire and are eligible to enter Resonate – The Music Industry Showcase 08, get your entry form at The Brewery, EAO Entertainment, Hunter TAFE Music Centre or online at, and

Update: Resonate heats have been announced … details here.

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