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AHA and The Screaming Jets Unveil Music Grant Honoring Paul Woseen

Australian rock royalty The Screaming Jets and AHA Newcastle Hunter have come together at The Stag & Hunter Hotel to officially launch the AHA Newcastle Hunter – Paul Woseen Memorial Music Grant.


The grant offers an annual recipient $5,000 cash and the chance to record, produce, and launch an original single and receive mentor sessions with industry professionals.

“Paul Woseen and The Screaming Jets have long been synonymous with Newcastle having grown up and built their career on the stages of our local pubs,” AHA Newcastle Hunter President Mick Starkey said.

“Being able to now come together with the band and some incredible sponsors to create something that will allow his legacy to live on and assist other local artists realise their music goals is something we are incredibly proud of.”

Paul Woseen was a founding member of The Screaming Jets and a luminary in Australian rock for over three decades. Screaming Jets frontman, Dave Gleeson said Woseen had always been a proud Novocastrian and would have been honoured by the grant program.

“The Paul Woseen music grant is such an amazing initiative. To have his name attached to a grant to foster young local talent in Newcastle is a testament to the impact his life in music has had,” he said.

“As the bassist of Screaming Jets, Paul left an indelible mark on Newcastle's music culture, and his contributions were pivotal in shaping the city's vibrant music scene. This grant will inspire generations to come and empower recipients to further their musical journey while helping to support the city's thriving live music scene where artists can flourish."

The grant’s inaugural recipient will have the opportunity to officially launch their single in September as part of the City of Newcastle’s New Annual Festival.

Applications are now open to artists over 18 who reside within the greater Newcastle area, including Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Maitland, and Cessnock. Applications will close at 11.59am Thursday, 4 April 2024. To learn more about the grant, go to


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