Music performers from around Australia have been performing at regional heats of Telstra Road to Tamworth, a national talent development program presented by Telstra for a chance to showcase their talent and get connected in the music industry.
The McClymonts are proud to be associated as Ambassadors for the second year with Telstra Road To Tamworth. Heats have been running at various locations around Australia since July and The McClymonts performed at the Darwin, Brisbane, Toowoomba and Adelaide heats.
The McClymonts, who are currently touring America, passionately support the Telstra Road To Tamworth initiative. Mollie said "We love being involved with Telstra and helping new artists who are starting out. All three of us grew up on talent quests but what Telstra are doing is just fantastic because there is so much more that Telstra are offering to talented new artists coming through Telstra Road to Tamworth".
Brooke said “It was really great to see the progression of young musicians who took part in last year’s Telstra Road to Tamworth - from when they entered the program, through to their performance at the Finals in Tamworth.
“They had grown as artists in such a short time just by getting good advice from industry professionals and networking with other musicians. You could see how valuable the experience was for them,” she said.
You can support your local country music talent at the remaining heats:
Heat 9 Sunday 10 October Floriade, Canberra, ACT
Heat 10 Saturday 16 October Royal Geelong Show, VIC
Heat 11 Thursday 21 October Australian National Field Days, Orange, NSW
Heat 12 Saturday 13 November Huon Show, TAS
Other important dates:
Songwriter entries close 31 October
Digital Heat entries close 31 October
Boot Camp 2 - 3 December Sydney NSW
Semi Final 4 December Sydney Telstra 500, Sydney Olympic Park
Final 18 January 2010 Tamworth NSW
Winners of each of the performance heats and digital heat, together with the four best songwriters will receive a trip to “Boot Camp”.
“Boot Camp” is a 2-day musical mentoring workshop in Sydney that will culminate with a live Semi-final performance as part of the Sydney Telstra 500 V8 Supercars event on Saturday 4 December 2010.
The top seven performers and top three songwriters chosen at the Semi-final will progress to the Telstra Road to Tamworth Final in January 2011 in Tamworth.
The winning songwriter and performer of the Telstra Road to Tamworth Final will each receive a 12-month bespoke mentorship package, including a recording session in Nashville, domestic and international gigs, publicity, media training and support from a network of music industry professionals.
Telstra Road to Tamworth Ambassadors, The McClymonts, said every musician who took part in Boot Camp last year matured and developed as a performer and also gained new industry contacts, including other musicians to collaborate with.
“It was also a perfect forum for emerging artists to get professional advice and ask all those questions they always wondered about the music industry – how do I protect my copyright, what do I need to look for in a manager?” said Sam McClymont.
Local songwriters have until 31 October this year before entries close nationally in the songwriting category.
The overall winners in both the performance and songwriting categories will receive a 12-month bespoke music mentorship and will be announced in January 2011 during the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
The winning songwriter will be given the opportunity to work with some of the industry’s best writers both in Australia and the US, while the winning performer will perform at a leading US country music event and receive a professional photographic session and music video clip.
In addition, both the performer and songwriter winners will become a Telstra Road to Tamworth ambassador in 2011, receiving Telstra products and services to blog online and increase their national exposure and artist profile.
For more details on heat locations and how to enter visit www.telstra.com/trtt