Inland Sea of Sound organisers are calling for songwriters from across the Central West to submit their original songs for an exciting new highlight of the annual Bathurst festival.
The songwriting contest will see up to 15 of the top entries, selected by an industry panel, performed live during the Inland Sea of Sound festival on Wednesday, February 23 at a gala event at Keystone 1889.
The contest is open to songwriters of any age or level of experience but they must reside in the Central West of NSW, and eligible songs cannot have been previously professionally recorded or released.
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre manager Stephen Champion said successful entrants will perform their song backed by a diverse band of noteworthy Bathurst musicians.
"The band includes Smith & Jones, Kris Schubert and Lian Wong [The Safety of Life at Sea], James Van Cooper and James Vanderhel, so there'll be plenty of supportive experience for each entrant," Mr Champion said.
"If the songwriter can sing their own song, they'll obviously be invited to, but if they can't, the song will be sung by a young musician involved with the Local Emerging Artist Program [LEAP]."
The two winning song writers will receive a weekend studio recording package and other prizes due to be announced in the coming weeks.
The Central West includes the shires of Bathurst, Blayney, Oberon, Lithgow, Mid-Western, Cabonne, Orange, Cowra, Weddin, Forbes, Parkes, Bland and Lachlan.
There will be an online Q and A session in early January to answer questions from prospective song writers about the guidelines of the competition. To register interest, email email@example.com.
The closing date for submissions to the competition is Friday, February 4 at 5pm.
Entry forms are available on the BMEC website or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
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