The directors of the Gympie Music Muster have announced that this year’s event will see the introduction of the inaugural Emerging Talent Showcase, a platform to recognise and nurture upcoming independent artists and provide them the opportunity to win new fans and industry recognition.
This year’s Gympie Music Muster, to be held over four days from August 25 to 28, and will continue its long history of supporting new music talent.
The Emerging Talent Showcase series will feature promising young artists who have been carefully selected through an online application process.
Performances will be scheduled each day in the iconic Muster Club venue, with eight artists per session performing for 15 minutes each.
An established artist who has risen through the ranks to achieve industry success will close each session with a special performance to inspire future generations of talent.
The showcase sessions aim to present the cream of aspiring young performers to country music aficionados as well as industry professionals. These entrants have been chosen from various platforms including the iconic Muster Talent Search competition, regional talent competition winners, school students — including Australian Institute of Country Music (AICM) and CMAA (Country Music Association) students and recommendations from music festival programmers around the country.
Commenting on the initiative, program director of the Gympie Music Muster, Jeff Chandler, said: “As someone who has worked for many years in the music industry by discovering and developing unknown talent, I can’t overstate the importance of such an opportunity for aspiring artists.
“While talent competitions are key for those who are just entering the music industry, it is showcases such as this that can often provide the ‘break’ that can be a pivotal career moment for a young artist.”
As part of the Muster’s 35th anniversary celebrations, this year’s spotlight will highlight the best new raw talent to forge another 35 years of musical excellence. Artists will have the opportunity to reach the next level of their musical journey as the Emerging Talent Showcase helps them scale new heights into career stardom.