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Resonate – The Music Industry Showcase 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.

Posted on May 26th, 2008 in Newcastle Music Week

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