Newcastle’s music scene is set to benefit from the launch of a new song writing competition, backed by a group of wellknown Newcastle musicians, as well as the local business community.
The Tip Jar competition will promote the city’s community of musicians, and provide new opportunities for talented performers to export their music nationally. The competition builds on the city’s long history of creating world class musicians, and will help to build Newcastle’s reputation as a rich breeding ground for musical talent.
Silverchair’s Chris Joannou is a Tip Jar Ambassador, joining a number of other well-known Newcastle music identities including Grant Walmsley of the Screaming Jets, popular DJ, Jayteehazard, and indiefolk artist, Amy Vee. Chris is a passionate spokesperson for the competition, as it was competitions similar to Tip Jar that gave Silverchair its first big break.
“There is so much untapped talent in Newcastle – the city has more working musicians per capita than anywhere else in the country. Tip Jar will give a voice to the unsigned singer-song writers in the region who deserve to be heard on the Australian and international circuit,” says Chris.
“Silverchair first started to get noticed through competitions such as Triple J’s Unearthed and the National Demo Comp on SBS’s Nomad program. Competitions that uncover new players on the scene are therefore close to my heart, and that is why I am getting behind the Tip Jar initiative.”
Tip Jar invites unsigned musicians from Newcastle and Lake Macquarie to enter unreleased songs, written over the past 12 months, either individually or as part of a collaboration. Entrants will be judged on the strength of their song writing and composition skills, not on the instrumentation or production of the recording. A public and industry vote will select two winners, announced at an awards ceremony at The Cambridge Hotel on a date to be scheduled in November. The winner of each category receiving a prize package valued at over $10,000, including:
10 hours recording time, working with award winning engineers and producers;
Media appearances and advertising;
Marketing collateral and a press pack including photography, video and design, and;
A masterclass on getting in front of the right people in the industry and securing publishing deals.
The launch of Tip Jar comes at an optimal time, as Newcastle continues its reinvention as a leading creative and cultural hub. The Newcastle City Council and Newcastle Now are both sponsors of the competition, together with local businesses.
Edward Duc, Executive Chair of Newcastle Now, says the competition aligns with the Business Improvement Association’s strategic direction of driving change and growth in Newcastle city centre.
“As a city, we surely want live music here. We want an evening economy that sparks with energy, and we want to see our local music-makers on the national and international stage.
“It will not only help our venues and artists grow patron numbers, but it will also have a positive flow on effect for businesses, generating income from both locals and tourists.”
To enter the Tip Jar songwriting competition head to the website for details www.tipjar.org.au - entries close 29 September, and if you don’t write songs, you can vote in the public division of the competition during October.