A little over ten years ago Mullum Music Festival Director Glenn Wright and local high school music teacher Tom Whitaker were discussing ways to support young, emerging musicians in the community. While there was an abundance of talent, what was often lacking was good, practical advice from musicians who already had established music careers. Wright and Whitaker launched the Mullum Music Youth Mentorship Program in 2009 and since then more than 50 young musicians under 21 years old have benefited from the program and more than 30 established musicians from have taken the time and care to be mentors.
Acts who have benefited from Mullum’s Youth Mentorship Program when they were first starting out include PARCELS who relocated to Berlin, have collaborated with Daft Punk and continue their path of world domination playing Coachella and have recently been announced for Falls Festival, TORA who now spend most of their year touring internationally and singer songwriter Merryn Jeann, now living and working in Paris and collaborating with the likes of French producer Mome. Last year’s Band category winners ‘LOOSE CONTENT’ join Mullum Music Festival’s line-up in their own right this year. Husky, Harry James Angus, Lior, Mama Kin and William Crighton are among the many established musicians who have extended a helping hand as Mentors over the last ten years of the program.
This year The Hussy Hicks, blues maestro Juzzie Smith, Andrew Morris of The Wilson Pickers and folk songstress Mandy Hawkes have all stepped up to the plate to mentor young musicians in four different categories – Vocal, Singer Songwriter, Band and Under 15 years.
The winner of each category in Mullum’s Youth Mentorship Program receive a one-on-one rehearsal and info 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 passes to the festival. Applications are open now at www.mullummusicfestival.com and close on 14 October, 2019.