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Bello Winter Music 2018 Youth Mentorship Applications Open and Mentors Announced

Applications are now open for the 2018 Bello Winter Music Youth Mentorship Program where aspiring musicians under 19 years of age have an opportunity to be mentored by established artists on the festival bill.
The selected young artists from each category (Band, Singer Songwriter, Vocal, Under 15 years) get a rehearsal session with their mentor, a 20 minute performance at the festival with their mentor backstage, the opportunity to watch their mentor perform from backstage and a weekend pass to the festival.
This year’s mentors are Tony Rowley of Titan Sky (Band category); Ash Bell (Singer songwriter category); Sal Kimber of Sal Kimber and the Rollin’ Wheel (Vocal Category); and Xani Kolac of The Twoks (Under 15 Years category).
“This year’s mentors are all exceptional artists who have an invaluable wealth of performance and industry experience to share with their category winners,” says Nino Haggith, Bello Winter Music Festival Organiser “The Youth Mentorship Program is all about encouraging, developing and nurturing up and coming artists and their stories through their music. We look forward to applications for this year’s mentorship program”
“I am so stoked about this initiative,” said Ash Bell who is mentoring the Singer Songwriter category. “Apart from giving young and talented folks the opportunity to perform at one of the country’s best festivals, it’s the inclusion to the culture that has the greatest value in my opinion. Some of the top singer songwriters from all over the place are here. The community is solid and supportive and nurturing and welcoming, and Bello is the perfect melting pot for the newbies to get a taste of it all, meet some heroes and be part of something wonderful.”
Sal Kimber says of mentoring in the Vocal Category “I’m the head of Youth Development for Indigo Shire – a collection of little towns in country Victoria, and a lot of my work is around mental health and working creatively with young people. For me the most powerful vocalists are not those that are necessarily loud, of outstanding gymnastic ability or range but rather those that have the ability to sing with an authentic voice and communicate their stories and emotions be it sad, joyful or fun. The ones that connect with audiences deeply when they’re not trying to be someone else, but truly themselves.”
Past success stories of the Bello Winter Music Youth Mentorship Program include The Brothers who took out the Band category in the inaugural 2015 program and went on to be booked for official festival line up the following year and have been gigging ever since. Highlights from 2017 include Leah Besley (sister of former winner, Marni Besley) who, under the mentorship of Ben Wilson, captivated audiences with her sweet voice, soulful lyrics and impressive versatility and Ryan Kemp, the youngest Bello Youth Mentorship Winner so far at just 12 years of age who took to the stage at the Opening Night Gala in front of 600 people.
This year’s Youth Mentorship Program is sponsored by local Bellingen company Kombu Wholefooods and supported by the team at Bello Youth Hub.
“It is a real pleasure – and honour – to be sponsoring the Youth Mentorship Program at Bello Winter Music 2018,” said Kev Doye of Kombu Wholefoods “There is a wealth of talent across our region and we are already in awe of the work achieved by younger members of our community. Kombu supports Bello Youth in a number of ways we are very proud to add the Youth Mentorship to that list. Young people are the future of our community, and from what we can see we have a great future ahead of us.”
Apply for Bello Winter Music Youth Mentorship Program at Applications close 6 June, 2018.