Ever Wanted To Be Mentored By Ngaiire & Middle Kids? Here's Your Chance

22 January 2019 | 11:14 am | Staff Writer

Get on the GRID!

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Hey Western Sydney artists - have you ever wanted to be mentored by R&B artist Ngaiire or Middle Kids' Hannah Joy? Well here's your chance because the latest instalment of the Grass Roots Indie Development (GRID) series has opened applications for artists and bands in Western Sydney. 

The program itself has been a Victorian-based initiative since 2013 but will expand in 2019 to emerging music communities within the outer suburbs of Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. 

It will see four successful applicants in each state receive a one-on-one session with an established songwriter, record with a renowned producer and be mentored by a music industry expert to discuss all things career and strategy. 

The Western Sydney program, announced today, will run March through to May and include sessions with Ngaiire, Joy, BIGSOUND 2019 programmer and director of Twnty Three Melody Forghani and Maximillian Brown's Ben Pierpoint. The program's producers are Antonia Gauci (DMA'S, Vallis Alps, Lanks, Kesha) and Ariel Blum (Lara Andallo, Daniel Elia, St Ives, Sahida Apsara) and the recorded single will be released at a live launch show. 

"We believe that healthy and thriving music communities can flourish when the doors to knowledge, networks and creative spaces are open to all to be a part of," said Blum, GRID co-founder. 

"GRID has established ourselves as a bridge for artists to connect with other artists and the music community at large as well as a space for artists to produce exciting and unique work. 

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"We are beyond excited to bring our program to four cities in 2019, with our first instalment in Western Sydney. 

"With a team of incredible mentors, we can’t wait to be a part of the growth of the artists involved in the program and hope to contribute in some way towards supporting new ideas, new stories and new sounds that are coming out of the region."

Want to learn more? Head over to the website here for all the details. The Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth instalments are still to be announced.