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Mid North Coast Music Comp "Push It!" Winners Announced


Arts Mid North Coast has announced the finalists and winners of the region wide Genwire
Artspace Push It! online youth music competition.

The competition attracted a strong field of 48 entries from Coffs Harbour to Taree, across to Bowraville and everywhere in between. All entrants were young musicians aged 12 – 25
years performing their own original songs.
“With so many passionate young recording musicians in our region, it has been decided to
create a 14 track CD featuring all competition finalists,” said Genwire Artspace Co-ordinator Kell Stoner.  “We felt that it was really important to acknowledge the skills and hard work of these young artists and give them something tangible to take forward in their musical careers.”
The free CD will be distributed for across the Mid North Coast and all finalists will also
receive copies.

The finalists in the Push It! competition are:


The two major prize winners – Give ‘Em Hell Kid and Clancy Menzies – from the competition will now go on to record a single at professional studio The Bakehouse in Port Macquarie and will also receive a professional photo shoot by Loop The Loop Photography.

Arts Mid North Coast Executive Officer Rod Howard said that the response to the Push It!
competition was confirmation that the region is home to some truly prodigious, hard working and exciting young talent.

“The overall excellence of the entries made judging winners a near impossible task and
there is a very promising future ahead for the many emerging artists who got involved in
both the competition and professional development workshops.

“We would also like to thank Scott Mesiti and Ted Gardner for their great support of the
program and for so generously sharing their extraordinary professional expertise and
knowledge with the workshop participants,” Howard said.

The successful Push It! workshops took place earlier in the year in Coffs Harbour and Port
Macquarie and saw participants schooled in the realities of the professional music world by industry experts Ted Gardner and Scott Mesiti.
Competition finalist and folk artist, Billy Otto, attended the Port Macquarie workshop.

“I found the ‘Push It’ workshop totally relevant, insightful, and empowering for my young
career as a singer/songwriter.

“Having seasoned members of the industry answer my questions and offer their guidance
gave me such a deeper sense of direction for my creative future.

“I would recommend anyone who is thinking in the ‘now’ to attend one of these brilliant
workshop sessions in the future,” Otto said.


Image credit: Photograph by Kell Stoner (Genwire Artspace Co-ordinator)