Connecting Song 2019 Mentors Announced

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 9:37 AM City News

Celebrated Geelong recording artists Adalita, Mick Thomas and Mark Wilson are lining up to mentor the next generation of unsigned Geelong musicians through Connecting Song, the place-based song-writing program.

The successful emerging songwriters will celebrate a Geelong locality from across our expansive City, creating a homage to our town.

The three successful acts (either a solo, trio or bands) will work with the mentors to write and record their songs.

Each song will be recorded and a clip will be filmed and will be debuted at Geelong After Dark, the home- grown artistic exploration of inner city Geelong, Friday 3 May 2019.

Connecting Song is an initiative of the City of Greater Geelong. It supports emerging musicians from the region to be seen, heard and celebrated.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Quotes attributed to Mick Thomas

I began my career in music playing around Geelong in the eighties. Back then we were so concerned with what was going on down the highway in Melbourne we often couldn't see what was good about being in the place where we were. Where you knew a great bunch of supportive local players, where you could get a rehearsal room cheaply, and play regularly even if it was just to friends and family. Where there was a stack of interesting stuff to write about and you had access to all the surrounding areas as places to do regional shows and not spread yourself too thin. This program is a chance for some older heads to get together with some up-and-comers and pass on some thoughts about how to do things in a place like Geelong and hopefully harness and feed off the energy of some budding careers.

Quotes attributed to City of Greater Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood

There are many talented young musicians in our region, and this is a perfect opportunity for them to receive help and guidance from some of the ultimate professionals in the field.
This program might even launch another up-and-coming Geelong local to stardom. I encourage anyone with a talent for songwriting to apply.

Quotes attributed to Cr Jim Mason, Chair – Arts, Culture and Heritage portfolio

The City of Greater Geelong is keen to support emerging artists from every field, and this is a great way to give aspiring songwriters a leg-up in the competitive music industry.
Because the songs they’ll be creating are about Geelong locations, it’s also a chance to celebrate the many unique and beautiful parts of our region. I’m looking forward to hearing the three finished recordings.

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