YOUNG ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2018 – APPLICATIONS are open
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Showcase held at the National Folk Festival in Canberra on Sunday 1st April, 2017
Folk Alliance Australia (FAA), in partnership with the National Folk Festival (NFF), is very excited to present the FAA Youth Award again this year. The Youth Award is an annual event that takes place at the NFF. The aim of the project is to boost the profile of young performers and introduce, support and encourage them to the next level of their development.
We are asking festivals, folk clubs, groups and arts organisations from around Australia to nominate an outstanding youth act. FAA will consider all nominations that fall within the genres of traditional folk to contemporary folk. Solo acts and small bands between the ages of 14-25 will be considered. Cross-cultural performances are encouraged.
Selected nominees will perform a 10-12 minute showcase at the Folk Alliance Australia Youth Award Concert held at the National Folk Festival in Canberra on Sunday 1st April 2017. These acts will also be programmed at other venues at the 2018 National Folk Festival.
The FAA Youth Performer of the Year will be announced at the conclusion of the Awards Concert. All selected showcase performers will receive a free festival pass to the NFF (including camping), as well as some support towards travel. FAA will profile all selected showcase acts throughout the year.
*Please note artists signed to management will not be eligible for this award.
For more information please contact Una McAlinden at firstname.lastname@example.org
Folk Alliance Australia would like to congratulate this year’s Young Artist of the Year, Monique Clare!
Monique Clare is a cello-wielding songstress, hailing from the foothills of Mount Coot-tha. Between ongoing explorations into traditional folk from Scotland, Sweden and the USA, a classical cello degree, a Gregorian Chant-infused upbringing and a Beyonce obsession, her songs are a melting pot of eclectic influences. This year sees her embarking on a solo project, after years of playing in various folk bands including The Mulberry Collective, Maja, and Rhiannon & Monique.
Melbourne-based sister duo, Charm of Finches, were awarded the Jim Macquarie Honourable Mention.
2017 Young Showcasing Artists:
Mel Taylor & The Sunchasers