Youth music events backed by NSW Government

Image – Tired Lion by Zara Burgess at Evolution Dance Centre, Tumt

Eleven groups of young people across the state will be staging all-ages music events in partnership with their local community, thanks to a NSW Government $50,000 program supporting young musicians.

Arts NSW Executive Director Michael Brealey said young people aged 12 to 25 are the driving force behind the Indent program, which will involve them collaborating with local councils, youth services, police and community groups.

“These innovative events showcase live, locally produced original music organised and performed by young people,” Mr Brealey said.

“The program supports teams of young people throughout the state working with their local communities, councils and police to develop and run all-ages, drug-and-alcohol free events.”

“It has an important impact because it encourages young people to get involved in arts and culture and creates opportunities for artistic development in local communities.”

Indent funding is open to groups of at least five young people, aged 12-25, who are working in partnership with a local support organisation.

The Indent Youth Music Event Development Grants program offers grants of up to $2,500 for smaller events targeted at a local level, and up to $5,000 for larger events organised by groups with previous event development experience.

The program is administered by MusicNSW on behalf of Arts NSW.

The 11 funded groups are listed below:

2016-17 Indent Youth Music Event Development Grants

  • 4Elements Music Project, Bankstown (Western Sydney), $5,000 for 4Elements All Age Hip Hop Festival (4E) coinciding with Harmony Day and returning after two successful years.
  • The YAW Event team, Gosford (Central Coast), $5,000 for Gosford’s Youth Arts Warehouse to deliver three all-ages music events supporting local musicians and event managers.
  • Manning Youth Action Team, Taree (North Coast), $5,000 for Taree’s Manning Youth Action Team to deliver Live ‘n’ Loud now running for ten years.
  • Bathurst Regional Youth Council, Bathurst (Central West), $2,500 for the YJAM team to deliver three music events showcasing local talent in the autumn, winter and spring of 2017.
  • CrankFest ARTS Team, Evans Head (Richmond-Tweed), $2,500 to deliver Crankfest 2017, a one-day beachside music event now running continuously for ten years and the largest regional youth festival on the Far North Coast.
  • Currents, Moruya (South-Eastern), $5,000 for the Currents team to deliver Get off Your Rockers!, an all-ages music event for young people in Eurobodalla with a focus on raising awareness around mental health.
  • Vocal Rewind, Mosman (Sydney Metro), $5,000 for the Vocal Rewind annual series of all-ages music events in Mosman celebrating local talent.
  • Youth Entertainment Reference Group, Campbelltown (Western Sydney), $5,000 for Campbelltown’s competitive heats giving local artists the chance to play Fisher’s Gig and receive other professional development opportunities.
  • Cessnock Youth Entertainment Committee, Cessnock (Hunter), $5,000 to deliver Cessnock’s Hullaballoo, an annual all-ages celebration of live, original music during Youth Week in April.
  • Bondi Blitz Planning Committee, Bondi (Sydney Metro), $5,000 for its free live music event at Bondi Beach for 12-25 year olds during Youth Week next April.
  • LiquidFest 2017 Organising Committee, Queanbeyan (South Eastern), $5,000 for LiquidFest, an annual youth music event for new and emerging talent in Queanbeyan.
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Published: 21 February 2017