Promoting local music

JAMMIN: Stormfront Productions members Mark Tempany and Alison Hams (left), with Acting Council CEO Migelle Hiscock and Acting Mayor Tom Antonio.
JAMMIN: Stormfront Productions members Mark Tempany and Alison Hams (left), with Acting Council CEO Migelle Hiscock and Acting Mayor Tom Antonio.

Local music talent will now have an opportunity to further their professional careers thanks to a new joint initiative by Stormfront Productions and the Whyalla City Council.

The inaugural Whyalla Recording Scholarship was launched on Monday, which allows young singers, songwriters and musicians to audition for the chance to record in a local professional recording studio.

Stormfront Productions member Alison Hams said the initiative was ‘born of an idea that we wanted to get young musicians out of the bedroom and out to the greater world’.

“There’s more than jamming at home, there’s more than just singing cover songs in a pub,” she said.

“There’s a lot of people out there who create their own songs and they don’t know where to take that.”

Acting Council Chief Executive Officer Migelle Hiscock said the council were ‘very keen’ to be supportive of the scholarship, which had been identified as a positive initiative by the Whyalla Youth Council.

“It’s a great opportunity to give the youth of the city – who may be in their bedrooms at the moment, writing music and singing to themselves – a chance to be heard in the open world,” she said.

Whyalla residents aged 12 to 19 can audition for a panel of judges who will award the scholarship to a young musician who ‘shows outstanding talent, potential and dedication to their music, and particularly to original music’.

“They have about six months to take that physical opportunity in the studio and record their song, then the following six months leading into next year’s scholarship will be a mentor-ship of sorts,” Mrs Hams said.

“We will be able to help them promote that music, get it online, get it onto iTunes, and use that CD to promote themselves.”

Entry forms can be found at www.whyallarecording.com – entries close on September 9.