For the last 20 years, the CMAA has conducted annual one and two-week residential skills development programs for Juniors (U 17) and Seniors ( 17+) looking to establish a career in country music.
The courses run in conjunction with the major winter (Juniors) and summer (Seniors) festivals in Tamworth. Their focus is on the writing of original songs to be presented at a graduation concert as part of the major festival programs.
Our leading artists act as group leaders/tutors, guiding the writing and performance for the 28-30 who attend each course. Students also collaborate with our top songwriters-in-residence, and leading industry figures present business studies and career planning sessions. Major artists visit for ‘guest spots’ where they share their stories, insights and advice with students.
Applicants come from every state and territory in Australia, and from New Zealand. The curriculum is designed for those taking their first career steps or wanting to enhance their skills and industry knowledge.
The Academy has produced many Award winning and successful artists in the Country Music genre and beyond, including: Sara Storer, The McClymonts, Amber Lawrence, Jessica Mauboy, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Travis Collins, The Sunny Cowgirls, Kaylee Bell, Ashleigh Dallas, Christie Lamb, Melanie Dyer, Imogen Clark, Gretta Ziller, Rachel Fahim and many more.
These contemporary stars of Australian music have forged viable careers in country music, featuring in major talent events such as Toyota Starmaker, Australian Idol, X Factor and providing the winner of the The Voice (2018) in Judah Kelly. They regularly feature on country music charts and playlists and many as finalists and winners of our genre’s major award – the Golden Guitar.
At a time when artists have had their performances – and therefore income, virtually eliminated, it is vital to assist young aspirants – often the first to respond to their community’s call for assistance, to attend this career development
All monies raised by the project will be allocated to a scholarship pool to assist students to attend the Junior or Senior program. They will NOT be used to cover administration or other project costs.
Those donating the cost of a full (named) scholarship – $3,000 + GST will be asked to identify a geographic region appropriate for their support.
Those donating a half-scholarship ($1500 + GST) can recommend a geographic location.
Donations of any amount over $2 are tax deductible, will be gratefully received and utilised to enable a promising young writer, performer, musician to experience this unique, career-enhancing experience. Your support will help ensure a bright future for the next generation of country music performers, writers and business practitioners.
More information is available at – https://www.country.com.au/academy