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Winners of the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards ’08

1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards 2008Congratulations to all the finalists in this year’s 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards. The seventh annual awards night was an outstanding succes. Performers on the night included Jason Lowe, The Seabellies, Catherine Britt, The Humm, Urban Freeflow, Top Button Recordings, Rocwater and Gail Page. The evening culminated with a performance of the Queen classic Bohemion Rhapshody by the University of Newcastle Chamber Choir.

The winners of each category were as follows:

For more information about the 2008 ABC Newcastle Music Awards visit abc.net.au/newcastle/features/musicawards or read the announcement from ABC.

For an archive of entrants from previous years visit www.newcastlemusic.com/musicawards.php.


Posted on November 7th, 2008 in Newcastle Music Awards

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1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Night 2008

On Thursday 6 November 2008, the splendid surrounds of the Civic Theatre Newcastle will once again house the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Night. Eight stellar acts from Newcastle and the Central Coast will be travelling from near and far to commandeer the stage and weave a sonic tapestry that will span the musical spectrum. From sweet acoustic folk to the kind of rock this town does best, from hip hop to soul, from roots to a revival of 80′s pop, and from country to choirs as you’ve rarely heard them before, the stage is set to sparkle. Between the performances, there will be butterflies and excitement aplenty as the winners of the category and specialist Awards, the prestigious ABC Music Artist of the Year, the ABC Music Publishing and APRA Songwriter and Composer Recognition Award and the inaugural 1233 Tour Support Prize are announced.

The SeabelliesThe following Acts await you on Thursday 6 November:

It’s been a huge year for The Seabellies – since taking out the trophy for Best Alternative Song and the coveted ABC Artists of the Year in 2007, The Seabellies have recorded and released two singles through ABC Music, becoming one of the most played and requested bands on Triple J in 2008. They’ve been on the bill of festivals big and small all over the country, and will literally be fresh off the plane from some triumphant shows in New York and California, including the renowned CMJ Music Marathon with such acts as Roisin Murphy and Broken Social Scene. It is with great pride and joy for their success that we welcome The Seabellies back home to Newcastle and the Civic stage to open the show.

There aren’t many people who could claim to have Elton John as a fan of their work, but our own Catherine Britt is one of the fortunate few! From making her first album at 16 under the guidance of Bill Chambers to heading to Nashville and writing, recording and touring with some of the biggest names in American Country Music, Catherine Britt has become one of the brightest stars in the country music industry. Dividing her time these days between Newcastle and Nashville Tennessee, we’re very pleased to have managed to catch Catherine on this side of the world and invite her along to the Music Awards night, where she will grace us with a performance as well as presenting an award.

And it’s another ‘welcome home’ for the front man of Newcastle rock band The Humm! From fronting the popular Little Hornet to multi – ABC Music Awards category winners The Humm, Ty Penshorn has been a charismatic part of the Newcastle music scene. This year, Ty spread his solo wings and headed off to the States and the UK, and he’s making a flying visit back to Newcastle before starting a 15 month residency in Dubai in the Arab Emirates. This will be The Humm’s last gig for quite some time, and having their explosive energy and driving rock rhythms firing up the Civic stage will be a fitting farewell and Bon Voyage for them!

The urban poetry of Hip Hop has made a comeback to the Music Awards this year, and taking their finalist entries to the stage will be the crews of Urban Freeflow and Top Button Recordings. Working in, from and around The Loft Youth Venue, both crews have had their fingers in the hottest of the local Hip Hop pies, working with or doing supports for such acts as The Nameless Crew and Blades of Hades. Urban Freeflow have been building a solid live reputation and consolidating themselves as a crew, and Top Button Recordings serves as the umbrella for MCs Madman, Titanic and Damo, who collaborated for this year’s entry into the Music Awards. This will be a high-energy and passionate performance bringing the first half of the evening to a cracking close.

Finishing one’s drink quick smart and heading back into the theatre after Interval will be the priority if you’ve heard of the experience that is Rocwater. If not, you’re in for a real treat. This 5 piece band (on a quiet day) from the Central Coast bring with them an exuberant stage presence, catchy roots tunes and many marvellous music-makers, from mandolins to melodicas. They have been busily touring up and down the East Coast and into Victoria as well as local festivals to support the release of their debut album, which was recorded in a mud brick house on the top of Kincumber Mountain. Their sound is just as organic and free-spirited – with their folk-rock sensibilities mixed with a bit of soul and sounding like summer, Rocwater are sure to have you moving and grooving in your seat!

The image of the troubadour and his guitar, travelling the well worn paths between towns and festivals with the songs and stories of the heart and the wider world is embodied by Jason Lowe. Also just back from adventures overseas, Jason has notched up some impressive tour supports and festival performances for one so young; after shows at the legendary East Coast Blues & Roots Festival this year, Director Peter Noble singled him out as a true highlight and talk of the festival. Closer to home, the lead up to the Music Awards Night sees Jason in much demand at local events; with his finely crafted songs, beautiful and aching melodies and a voice pure with emotion and raw with passion, Jason will be a powerful presence on the Civic stage.

Gail PageShe is regarded as one of the finest blues singers in the country, she has several national awards under her belt, she’s toured extensively with some of Australia’s finest musicians, and these days lives on the Central Coast – she is Gail Page. Gail will be joined for this performance of soul and sound by fellow Coasties and Music Award finalists; award-winning producer Parris Macleod and members of world music ensemble The Reason to Breathe. They are all masters of their own crafts – internationally renowned didgeridoo player Mark Atkins, Tamworth’s ‘Golden Harmonica’ winner Christian Marsh, and ex-Taoyuan Philharmonic Orchestra’s first flute and acclaimed performer Wu Pu-Yu. The grand piano is tuned and ready, and this talented group of people will surely take you on a beautiful journey as the evening moves towards its close.

A Chamber Choir singing rock music? Since the advent of that television series ‘Battle of the Choirs‘, the traditional singing ensemble will never be the same again; and as the winners of that epic event, the University of Newcastle Chamber Choir under the meticulous direction of Philip Matthias are one of the most celebrated choirs in the country. To experience first-hand what happens when a classically trained chamber choir meets the power and pathos of one of the greatest rock anthems of all time, this colossal closing act of the 1233 Newcastle Music Awards is a musical adventure not to be missed!

Pulling all these marvellous threads of colour and sound together and taking you through the evening will be your Hosts; formerly known as Elle McFeast and now a regular feature presenter on ABC Local Radio, Libbi Gorr brings her wit and sparkle to Newcastle and joins forces with the irrepressible 1233 Breakfast presenter Aaron Kearney to be your masters of ceremonies, no doubt weaving some fabulous colours of their own!

1233 ABC Newcastle is proud to present the fruits of another excellent year of local original music, and to continue to provide this platform for recognising, supporting and promoting the many talented and hard working original musicians from Newcastle, the Hunter Region and the Central Coast.

Tickets for this night of Nights are on sale now through Ticketek (fees and charges may apply). Prices are $19.50 for adults, $15 concession and $10 for entrants (with discount voucher). Make sure you get yours – drop by the Civic Theatre Newcastle Box Office or call them on (02) 4929 1977.

Stay tuned to 1233 ABC Newcastle or log on to abc.net.au/newcastle and click on the Music Awards Icon for the latest updates.


Posted on November 1st, 2008 in Newcastle Music Awards

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1233 ABC Music Awards Category Finalists For 2008

393 entries across 13 categories and 25 local judging sessions over 6 weeks later, the Finalists in each category have been decided!

Each and every track was listened to in its entirety, and ‘marked’ according to Performance Standard (how good the vocals were and how well instruments were played), Songwriting (lyrics, melody, arrangement), Originality and Creativity, and Overall Appeal. Production and suitability for airplay were also taken into account, but not necessarily a deciding factor in a song’s selection as a Finalist track. Several tracks were moved to another category, where – stylistically – they fitted better and had a fairer chance against other tracks. The larger categories – Alternative, Contemporary, Pop, Rock and Folk – had 2 or more sessions each (Contemporary – with over 80 tracks – had 4!!). The selected tracks in each session went through to ‘Round 2′ (or a semi-final, if you like), where the judges had the difficult task of choosing the 10 Finalists out of the 13 – 20 standout tracks from the first round.

Later this week, the list of Finalists for the Specialist Awards will be announced – Best Male Vocal, Best Female Vocal, Best Producer / Track Production and Best Young Talent.

Tickets for the Awards Night will go on sale in September, with price discounts for all Entrants.

In the meantime, congratulations to the following bands and artists whose tracks have been marked as standouts in their category.

Alternative Finalists

Blues & Roots – Finalists

Contemporary – Finalists

Country – Finalists

Folk – Finalists

Jazz – Finalists

Instrumental – Finalists

Pop – Finalists

Rock – Finalists

Heavy Rock – Finalists

Soundtracks – Finalists

Urban – Finalists

Electronica

Hip Hop

For more information about the 2008 ABC Newcastle Music Awards visit abc.net.au/newcastle/features/musicawards.

For an archive of entrants from previous years visit www.newcastlemusic.com/musicawards.php.


Posted on August 13th, 2008 in Newcastle Music Awards

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1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards 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 www.abc.net.au/newcastle and follow the links to the Newcastle Music Awards.

Update Tickets are now on sale for the Awards night at ticketec.com.au.


Posted on May 27th, 2008 in Newcastle Music Awards

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Winners of the 2007 ABC Newcastle Music Awards

And the winner is … The Seabellies. The applause rang loud at the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards last night when unique six-piece Newcastle band ‘The Seabellies’ took home the coveted ABC Music Artist of the Year Award.

The Seabellies‘The Seabellies’ is a band that pushes the boundaries and musical shadow-lands, constantly seeking the new and the exciting, with music that is lush, full of ethereal electronic sounds, strings, metallophones, melodicas, accordions, soaring guitars and multi percussive layering. Named as the 2007 ABC Music ‘Artist of the Year’, ‘The Seabellies’ will receive the prize of a 6 track EP recording and release with ABC Music and will be able to continue to develop their song writing skills with the support of ABC Music Publishing. In addition to winning the overall prize, ‘The Seabellie’s also walked away with the ‘Alternative’ Award.

An enchanting live performance has allowed ‘The Seabellies’ to establish a fine reputation and solid fan base within the Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong, Brisbane and Melbourne music scenes. This versatile band has also supported artists such as Something For Kate, Augie March and Expatriate, and have featured in lineups including Australia’s very first V Festival alongside artists Beck, Soulwax, Jarvis Cocker, Pet Shop Boys, The Pixies and many more.

Robert Patterson, Head of ABC Music and judge for the ‘Artist of the Year’ Award said of his decision to award ‘The Seabellies’, “We’re thrilled to present ‘The Seabellies’ with the ABC Music Artist of the Year Award. As in previous years, Newcastle continues to be strong in producing exceptional local talent and we feel ‘The Seabellies’ have a fresh and exciting sound with a bright future ahead of them”

The awards night recognised 20 local artists for their efforts and played host to performances by entertaining band ‘Mojo Juju and The Snake Oil Merchants‘, musician Morgan Evans, Aria winner Bob Evans, 2006 ABC Music ‘Artist of the Year’ winner Ngariki, as well as Central Coast performers Nick and Liesl. This event has definitely secured its place among Newcastle’s most anticipated events, and has proven that it is pivotal in the cultivation of emerging and established original talent across the Hunter and Central Coast regions.

2007 is the third year for an Artist to receive the title of ‘ABC Music Publishing & APRA Songwriters and Composers Recognition Award’, and the second time that an artist will receive a $1000.00 cash prize (courtesy of APRA). We are very pleased to announce Grace Turner as the recipient of this prestigious Award. Grace found her own voice as a singer-songwriter and has been playing with a band for the past year who play, in contrast to her own compositions, a mix of psychedelic rock.

Eloise Nolan, Head of ABC Music Publishing and Services played an integral role in establishing the ABC Music Publishing & APRA Songwriters and Composers Recognition Award.

“The 1233 Music Awards are about both recognising talent and creating an opportunity to further develop careers. With this Award, we hope to be able to assist a young writer such as Grace Turner who already shows much promise in both her lyrics and melodies. Grace has a way with words, and if we can help her on her journey, through both the cash grant and also access to our collective expertise so that she can further hone her skills and perfect her craft, then we’ve also achieved what we set out to do by being involved,” Eloise said.

List of Winners for the 2007 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards

For further information visit abc.net.au/newcastle/musicawards


Posted on October 24th, 2007 in Newcastle Music Awards

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1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2007 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards have been announced. Some categories have more finalists than others – this is due to the fact that each category attracts a different amount of entries and in some cases the judges of particular categories thought more than ten tracks deserved to go through for finalist consideration.

The Awards Night (Friday October 19 2007 – Civic Theatre Newcastle) will include only the top 5 entrants for each category being announced along with the winner.

Specialist categories which will also be Awarded on the night include Best Young Talent, Best Male Vocals, Best Female Vocals, Listeners’ Choice, Hunter Broadcasters’ Choice, Central Coast Broadcasters’ Choice, ABC Music Publishing / APRA Songwriter and Composer Recognition Award and ABC Music Best Artist.

Adult Contemporary

Blues and Roots

Alternative

Instrumental

Country

Folk

Electronica

Rock

Pop

Heavy Rock

Jazz

RnB

Best Young Talent

For more information visit abc.net.au/newcastle/musicawards.


Posted on September 12th, 2007 in Newcastle Music Awards

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1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Night

The 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Night will be held on Friday 19 October at the Civic Theatre Newcastle. It promises to be a sensational stage show with performances ranging from sweet, romantic adult contemporary and acoustic folk, to gritty blues and roots and full-scale rock. In between the performances, winners will be announced and Awards presented for the prestigious ABC Music Artist of the Year, the ABC Music Publishing and APRA Songwriter and Composer Recognition Award along with all category genres and specialist areas.

For this one evening, the stage will be set alight with a fusion of sounds, colour and dance from locally and nationally recognised musical talent. We are pleased to include the following artists in this first announcement …

Bob EvansARIA award-winning artist Bob Evans comes to the music awards after his sell-out ‘Sadness & Whisky’ tour earlier this year. The tour, which took in most of the country through May and June, wraps up a superb year for Bob, aka Kevin Mitchell – vocalist/guitarist for beloved Australian indie pop outfit Jebediah. Bob was awarded an ARIA last year for his debut album ‘Suburban Songbook‘, he played international showcases in London and Johannesburg and was voted Best Male Artist in Rolling Stones’ annual readers’ poll.

In keeping with the Evans theme, local lad Morgan Evans will also perform on the night with a star filled band! Having won a plethora of Awards in recent years, Morgan has been busy recording in Nashville and has recently released his debut single Australia wide. Morgan will be joined on stage by Solver band mates, Tom Evans and Nick Cook, Solver has won numerous 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards including Best Young Talent, ABC Music Artist of the Year 2004 and Best Male Vocals for Morgan. Completing the band line up, Morgan has enlisted the talents of Marissa Saroca (Best Female Vocals 2005 and 2006 and current entrant), Mark Wells (2005 winner of the Adult Contemporary category, frontman for Supersonic and current entrant) and Fumi Boca. This is one of the most eagerly-awaited performances of 2007.

Newcastle favourite Ngariki is 1233 ABC Newcastle’s Artist of the Year for 2006. In addition to winning the overall prize, he also walked away with the Blues & Roots award. Ngariki’s unique brand of blues and funk-based rock (with healthy shards of pop thrown in) has put him in high demand in the Hunter music scene over the past year. After 15 years in the business and thousands of gigs from Sydney to Switzerland, Ngariki is back and anticipation is already high for his upcoming performance at this year’s music awards.

Mojo Juju & The Snake Oil Merchants are a force to be reckoned with and a band with a genre unto themselves. If you feel that you have a firm enough grip on your sanity, witness this delightfully oddball, comically freakish, heart-wrenching, and general good old fashioned misbehaving band. Earlier this year this band’s performance at the Lass O’Gowrie in Wickham attracted so many people that a crowd of more than 100-strong had to be turned away from the doors – and on the weekend of Splendour in the Grass no less! This speaks to the reputation of this band, which is known for its outrageous and unique performances. Prepare for a musical experience of magnificent proportions.

The distinctive duo of Nick & Liesl brings together Nick Everitt, a bushman from the Central Coast, and Liesl Karlsson, a well-travelled Aussie-Swede recently returned to Australia. Being both singer/songwriters and involved in more ways than one, teaming up as a duo was as natural as singing in the shower. The multi-instrumental duo are pleased to present their own unique blend of acoustic, folk and rock to the audience of this year’s Awards Night. Combining invigorating harmonies with guitar, piano, percussion and a naturally large and varied repertoire, their performance is never predictable and always splendid. 2006 saw two of Nick & Liesl’s tracks included on compilation albums Home Grown Roots Volume 1 and Sounds Like Café Volume 12.
Garth Russell, 1233′s Mornings presenter, and Weekend presenter Madeleine Randall will be stepping up to the mic to host this year’s Awards Night.

1233 ABC Newcastle is proud to support new and emerging artists in the Hunter and Central Coast regions and is looking forward to putting on the biggest and best Awards Night Show for the entire community to enjoy. A second announcement for the Awards Night line up will be made closer to the date.

Tickets for the Newcastle Music scene’s night of nights will be on sale from Monday 10 September through Ticketek (fees and charges may apply). Prices are $19.50 for adults, $15.00 for concession (pensioner, student, unemployed, children) and $10.00 for entrants. Tickets are available for purchase from the Civic Theatre Newcastle Box Office or by calling (02) 4929 1977

For further information please contact 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Coordinator – Kathryn Holloway Phone: 02 4922 1200 or 0412 771 042 Email: holloway.kathryn@abc.net.au

Stay tuned to 1233 ABC Newcastle or log on to abc.net.au/newcastle/musicawards for further announcements.


Posted on September 11th, 2007 in Newcastle Music Awards

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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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Music Awards Deadline Extended

Newcastle Music Awards

Due to Newcastle’s recent storms and subsequent flooding, the deadline for entries into this year’s 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards has been extended an extra two weeks to Friday the 29th of June.

The 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards has proven to be a quality, key event for the region with close to 2500 entries and 700 tracks added to 1233 ABC Newcastle’s play list since its inception in 2002.

This year the project will culminate in an explosive Awards night at the Civic Theatre Newcastle, Friday 19 October 2007.

Entrants can collect their entry kits from all ABC Shops and centres, or download the kit from the ABC Newcastle.

For more information visit www.abc.net.au/newcastle/musicawards.


Posted on June 14th, 2007 in Newcastle Music Awards

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Newcastle Music Awards 2007

Original Musicians – it’s your time to shine

Enter the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards now!

The 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards return in 2007! Original musicians residing in the Hunter and Central Coast regions will be able to enter their music into the acclaimed competition from May 7 – June 15 2007.

2007 marks the sixth year this project has run in the region to encourage, support and recognise local talent. The project runs across seven months with the major aim to create a sense of community and provide airplay to local artists. This includes the opportunity to receive valuable airplay time and program support across 1233 ABC Newcastle, as well as other ABC Networks such as Triple J, Classic FM and DIG.

The Music Awards has proven to be a quality, key event for the region with close to 2500 entries and 700 tracks added to 1233 ABC Newcastle’s play list since its inception in 2002.

There is a range of genre categories for original musicians to enter their music into and winners will be chosen from each category. Other awards include ABC Music Publishing and APRA Songwriters and Composers Recognition Award ($1000.00 cash prize provided), Hunter Broadcasters’ Choice, Central Coast Broadcasters’ Choice, Listeners’ Choice, Best Female and Male Vocals, Best Young Talent, and the prestigious ABC Music Best Artist Award.

Mike McCluskey, Local Radio Manager Newcastle & Hunter said that the station is thrilled to once again support original musicians in the region.

“Through the Awards, 1233 aims to nurture, build and encourage the huge amount of musical talent within the region. The Music Awards is the only one of its kind in Australia and 1233 is proud to be able to offer this opportunity to our local musicians.

Ngariki - 2006 ABC Artist of the YearNgariki, the winner of the ABC Music Best Artist Award in 2006 is the perfect example of what the Awards are setting out to achieve – he has secured airplay on local and national networks along with securing both a publishing and recording deal through ABC Music Publishing / ABC Music as his prize,” Mike said.

ABC Music Publishing has been integral in the development of the Music Awards and Eloise Nolan, Head of this department is enthusiastic about opportunities for Award entrants.

“So many good opportunities can come out of these annual awards for those who enter – we’re looking to organise a country music writers workshop later this year inviting overseas songwriters, and we’ll be able to include the 2006 ABC Music Publishing/APRA Songwriter, Bob Pigott among the attendees. Other good news for Bob is that two of his songs have been included in ABC Music compilations.

“I also came across a script for a feature telemovie which is being made later this year that relies on strong songs in regard to the main character and storyline. As it happens, the songs from last years ABC Artist of the Year, Ngariki, (who we’ve also signed to ABC Music Publishing), seem to have been tailor-made for this particular film so we’ve been able to present his music to the producers and director and – fingers crossed – it looks like they may indeed provide some of the key moments in this production,” Eloise said.

This year the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards project will culminate in an explosive Awards night at the Civic Theatre Newcastle, Friday 19 October 2007.

Entrants can collect their entry kits from all ABC Shops and centres, or download the kit from www.abc.net.au/newcastle/musicawards.

For more information please contact Kathryn Holloway, the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards Coordinator on 02 4922 1200 / 0412 771 042 or email Holloway.kathryn@abc.net.au


Posted on April 19th, 2007 in Newcastle Music Awards

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