$50,000 scholarship up for grabs for indie artist

A career boosting package is up for grabs in a new scholarship initiative which will see an independent Australian artist or band grab a $50,000 package of goods and services.

The once in a lifetime opportunity is being offered by several Australian music businesses who are seeking one talented and independent artist or band to lavish an array of services on.

The scholarship includes production of an album, a professional photo shoot and video clip, 500 copies of a CD, a website, set up and management for three months of social media accounts, professional written materials, electronic press kit, business plan, marketing consults and media coaching.

Robert Mackay, CEO of Pacific International Music said Australia has an enormous abundance of talent.

“We want the scholarship to give us a current snapshot of that talent and provide the winner with a big leg-up in the industry,” Robert said.

Gordon Williams, dubbed the “Commissioner” is a multi-Grammy award-winning producer and engineer with a string of multi-platinum and gold records under his belt, and he will be joining the program as a key judge.  He has worked with artists such as Amy Winehouse, Santana, Alicia Keys and Lauryn Hill and said the scholarship was a real opportunity for an Aussie artist to break into the international scene.

“Pacific International Music, the producers and publishers, have great connections in the US, so for the right person, with talent and drive, they could be performing to an international audience much sooner than they think,” he said.

The scholarship is open to Australian independent artists and bands, 16 years and over, able to complete the scholarship within the next 12 months.

“There are so many talented independent artists out there that could really benefit from this scholarship, it is going to be tough to judge,” said Karen Andrews, General Manager of JMusic Australia.

“We will be looking for unique music and talent and proof that the successful applicant has the drive to put in the hard yards and go the distance.”

Applications close 31 July 2014 and more information is available at pacificinternationalmusic.com.

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