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Troy Cassar-Daley Indigenous Scholarship

Troy Cassar-Daley’s incredible country music career has inspired so many Australian musicians over the years. His support of emerging Aboriginal musicians continues this year, with the Troy Cassar-Daley Indigenous Scholarship opening for applications. The Scholarship program is a great collaboration between Troy Cassar-Daley, the CMAA Academy of Country Music and Arts NSW.

Held in at CMAA Academy of Country Music, Tamworth – home of country music in Australia –  the course is targeted at singers, songwriters and instrumentalists over the age of 18 years, as an opportunity to jump-start a career in the country music industry.

“What an awesome opportunity and a great way to learn about the music business, ” says Cassar-Daly. “I’m thrilled to give my support to up and coming Indigenous artists. The Academy helps them along the road to discovery, suggesting how to focus on their ambitions and ultimately achieve their goals. Wish this sort of course was available when I first started out. “

Arts NSW is providing funding which covers the successful applicant’s course fees. This funding is being provided as part of Arts NSW’s Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Strategy 2010 – 2014 which supports a vibrant and diverse Aboriginal arts and cultural sector in NSW.

The Academy Director, Peter Winkler, says, “The Troy Cassar-Daley scholarship is a very important priority of the CMAA Academy. Over the past six years the scholarship winners have contributed to and benefited greatly from being part of this unique course.”

Country music in Australia covers a very broad range of music styles and all these styles are fully explored and embraced at The Academy. The singer and/or songwriter is fully catered for with a tuition program including song writing, performance, and career building modules designed specifically for the career-minded singer and/or songwriter. They are tutored and mentored by Golden Guitar winning, professional artists, instrumentalists and country music business professionals.

Loren Jade Ryan, a former recipient of the Troy Cassar-Daley Scholarship, said that winning the scholarship was invaluable experience.”My new found industry knowledge, song writing tools and stagecraft tips, I could not have learned anywhere else. Living with like-minded individuals was empowering and inspiring,” she says.  “I have been honoured to represent my people in such an excellent program.”

Scholarship includes: 14 nights accommodation, all meals, and tuition and master classes.



Dates: Arrive Saturday, 4 January 2014, between 3pm and 5pm, and depart Saturday morning, 18 January 2014

Location: Calrossy School Campus, Brisbane Street, Tamworth NSW

.Applications Open: 9am Monday September 30th 2013

Applications Close:  5pm Friday, 29th November 2013

Contact: Academy Coordinator Greg Williams  / 0408255908