THE Country Music Association of Australia are ready to host another group of aspiring singers, songwriters and musicians at the 2018 Senior Academy of Country Music. The artists will come from all over Australia and even India – a first for the academy, and ages will range from 16 to 54.
“Welcoming a student from as far away as India brings a real international flavour to the academy and we are sure Sharon Russel will learn plenty about the Australian country music industry and his fellow students will learn plenty from him,” academy general manager Roger Corbett said. Of the 29 students, 17 are female and 12 male, with 11 from NSW, 11 Queenslanders, two Victorians, three will head to Australia from New Zealand, and Sharon Russel joins us all the way from India. There are 24 students in the singer-songwriter course and five in the instrumental course.
“The students will undertake the world-class intensive music and business course in January under the guidance of some of the best artists in the country for two weeks in Tamworth,” academy director Lyn Bowtell said.
“They can expect to work hard, but grow as artists and people over those two weeks and the changes we see in them is incredible. The course gives them the chance to learn all they can about the music industry and form lifelong bonds with other aspiring singers and songwriters and award-winning artists.”
Tutors include Ashleigh Dallas, Kevin Bennett, Lachlan Bryan, Simon Johnson, and assistant Liam Kennedy-Clark who will be joined by special guests to speak to the students about the business side of music, songwriting, media, and other vital aspects of the modern music industry.
The course began in 1997 and has seen the likes of Lyn Bowtell, Brooke McClymont, Adam Eckersley, Travis Collins, Ashleigh Dallas, and Judah Kelly graduate. The CMAA Senior Academy of Country Music runs from January 6 to 20, 2018 in Tamworth.
The CMAA acknowledges Create NSW, Maton, Tamworth Regional Council, the New Zealand Entertainer of the Year Awards, and Mid North Country Music SA for their generous support of scholarships.
The students will celebrate the completion of the course with their graduation concert at West Tamworth League Club at 4pm on Friday, January 19. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children and available at the venue.
TICKETS > Graduation Concert are available here
Full student list below:
Singer-Songwriter Course Students
Aaron Jurd, Toronto, NSW
Ainslie Allen, Wellington, NZ
Benny Allen, Menzies Creek, VIC
Blake O'Connor, Port Macquarie, NSW
Brittany-Elise Johansen, Gladstone, QLD
Cath Purcell, Mount Isa, QLD
Elizabeth Steadman, Kootingal, NSW - Create NSW Indigenous Scholarship
Jessica Emily, Belmont, QLD
Jessica Panegyres, Glenbrook, NSW
Kaitlyn Thomas, Wallan, VIC
Kevin Sullivan, Gerringong, NSW
Kim Wright, Blackstone, QLD
Kelly Winning, Riverview, NSW
Lara Duncan, Avalon Beach, NSW
Maddison Collier, Leumeah, NSW - Create NSW Indigenous Scholarship Matthew Munro, Bundaberg, QLD
Mellissa Preusker, Hope Valley, SA – South Australian Mid North Country Music Scholarship
Mikayla J., Tannum Sands, QLD
Mitchell Lynham, Wynnum West, QLD
Rachael Duggan, Gracemere, QLD
Rebekah Thornton, Nambour, QLD
Sammy White, Townsville, QLD
Tegan Reid, Tauranga, NZ – NZ Entertainer of the Year Scholarship
Jarred Taylor, Tamworth, NSW - Tamworth Regional Council John Minson Scholarship
Instrumental Course Students
Ben Westphal, Rothwell, QLD
Joel Cummins, Gulgong, NSW
Luke Dallas, Moonbi, NSW
Sharon Russel, Dehradun, India
Molly Goodeve, Waikato, NZ