local musicians have been selected from a competitive pool of 50 applicants to
be mentored and supported in the GRID Series (Grass Roots Indie Development)
initiative empowers emerging artists through one-on-one mentoring,
collaboration with a producer to create a new track, recording sessions, live
performance opportunities and the creation of an artist documentary.
GRID Program is proudly supported by the Victorian Government through Creative
Victoria, in partnership with the City of Greater Geelong and the Victorian
Music Development Office (VMDO).
A launch event last night announced the
successful artists selected for the curated program which runs until March
- Ridzyray: Ridzyray is a First Nations hip
hop artist living in the Windermere Ward;
- Baraka The Kid: Fiston
Baraka is a Congolese artist who now hails from the Windermere Ward;
- Wild Gloriosa: Gloria
is a South Indian neo-soul creative from the Kardinia Ward;
- Elena Nichols: Lenny
is a young Samoan musician from the Bellarine Ward; and
- Daisy Kilbourne: Daisy is an
impressive singer who calls the Kardinia Ward home.
This year’s excellent team of producers
and mentors include award winning songwriter and producer Joel Ma “Joelistics” (Haiku Hands, Moju), ARIA
nominated engineer, songwriter and producer Becki Whitton, acclaimed producer
Ariel Blum (NIASHA, St.Ives), music festival programmer Rich Moffat (Groovin’
the Moo, Falls Festival, Splendour in the Grass), and director of Broken Leg PR
Artists such as Jacki Tut, Kill The
Darling, Manorism, Matt Katsis and Stripping on Sunset are just some of the
notable alumni of the GRID Series.
The Geelong GRID Program offers tailored support that most
musicians who are starting out dream of receiving.
Series supports artists outside of inner-city music hubs who are looking for
that extra edge to take their creative
and professional skills to the next level.
to Ridzyray, Baraka The Kid, Wild Gloriosa, Elena
Nichols and Daisy Kilbourne – your talent hasn’t gone unnoticed and we look
forward to seeing you develop your craft and understanding of the industry.
music can be a tough business to navigate, we are thrilled to be able to
support these local musicians through one-on-one mentoring with some of
Australia’s industry experts.
Christine Couzens, Member for Geelong
Government is proud to support young Geelong musicians through the Geelong
That young musicians, from different cultural backgrounds,
can receive support and mentoring from experienced industry professionals,
gives them the opportunity to grow as music professionals.
Congratulations to the successful artists; that there were
50 competitive applicants is testament to Geelong’s vibrant and diverse music