The CMAA Academy of Country Music

Academy of Country Music Scholarship Program

Fundraising to create a number of scholarships to help the next generation of country music stars, who might not otherwise be able to, to attend the unique annual Academy of Country Music programs.

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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.

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The CMAA Academy of Country Music



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Operating since 1997, firstly as The CMAA College of Country Music and later as The CMAA Academy of Country Music.

The Academy currently runs Senior and Junior residential courses mentoring and nurturing the careers of hundreds of young performers from across Australia and NZ. The fee includes all accommodation, meals, mentoring, workshops, tuition and performances for the duration of the course. The courses are held at Calrossy School in Tamworth during January (Senior) and July (Junior).

The Academy has produced many Award winning and successful artists in the Country Music genre and beyond.

These alumni have gone on to create viable careers in the country music industry featuring in Toyota Starmaker, Australian Idol, X Factor and The Voice, on the charts and in the Golden Guitar Awards. The Academy allows each student to chart a course towards creating a successful career by connecting with professional mentors, leaders, song writers, producers, artists, peers and career builders. Musicians are taught, mentored and trained by the very best musicians and producers in the business. For songwriters, the opportunity to write with a hit songwriter, one-on-one is invaluable.


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