Tyler and Ella Receive Inaugural Mid North Music Scholarship

 

Tyler Paterson, 17 of Port Pirie and Ella Hebberman, 12 of Jamestown have just been announced as the winners of the 2016 Mid North Country Music Scholarship, giving them the opportunity to attend the prestigious Country Music Association of Australia, Academy of Country Music next year.

An initiative of Burra Country Music Events Inc (Burra CME Inc), the scholarship was enabled through the collaboration of the Burra CME Inc, Port Pirie Harnessing Young Talent and Laura Events (formerly Laura Country Music Festival).

The senior award, formerly called the Rocky Page Memorial Scholarship was offered to winners entered into the Country Music SA talent quests. The first recipient was Jedd Hughes from Quorn in 1997, who is now residing in America and playing guitar for many well-known performers.

Following the dissolution of CMSA last year, Burra CME formed the partnership with Port Pirie and Laura to continue to showcase talent from South Australia, to give entrants more opportunities to further their career, and will be awarded annually.

A selection panel comprising Karen O’Brien (Burra), Roma Sampson (Port Pirie) and Joyce Wode, Irene Scott and Ian White (Laura) met at Laura last week to determine the inaugural winners after receiving their applications.

“It is very important that we continue the Mid North Country Music Scholarship for the young talent,” a spokesperson for the panel said.

“The Academy is fully booked every year and we are fortunate that the Country Music Association of Australia save a spot for our South Australian who is awarded this scholarship.”

The CMAA Academy of Country Music is the leading program for training, mentoring and development in the Australian music industry for the country music genre.

The goal of the annual CMAA Academy is to increase the professionalism and the skills of emerging country music artists and musicians. This is achieved through the delivery of an intensive residential environment that is tailored to meet the needs of the individual students, with a heavy emphasis given to encouraging creativity.

The senior course provides an innovative two week program while the junior course provides a one week program, all held in Tamworth, NSW.

The Academy is unique – there are no other programs of this nature that exist for the music industry in Australia, or world-wide.

Senior winner Tyler Paterson said “I am so stoked to have been awarded the first Mid North Country Music Scholarship and can’t wait to learn and experience new things within the Academy.”

Junior winner Ella Hebbermans’ mum, Yvonne said the award will help Ella immensely.

“I just want to say a huge thank you to you all for the scholarship you have given my daughter.

I am so thankful that you all have made this available for her. It is just wonderful that you are helping our children take their music further.”

For more information about the 2017 Mid North Country Music Scholarship contact burracmf@gmail.com

 

 

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Tyler Paterson, 17 of Port Pirie is the inaugural winner or the senior Mid North Country Music Scholarship and will attend the prestigious Country Music Association of Australia, Academy of Country Music next year.

 

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Ella Hebberman, 12 of Jamestown was announced as the junior recipient of the Mid North Country Music Scholarship.

 

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2016 Mid North Country Music Scholarship selection panel comprising l-r: Roma Sampson (Pt Pirie-Harnessing Young Talent), Irene Scott (Laura Events), Joyce Wode (Laura), Karen O’Brien (Burra CME Inc.) & Ian White (Laura).

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