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Entries open for 2015 Telstra Road to Discovery

13 Jul

Telstra Road to Discovery has officially opened the call for entries for the 2015 program, and we’re proud to also announce that we’re an official partner this year. Last year’s winner Teischa is among the many WA artists who have either won or experienced incredible career boosts from the competition, including also Helen Shanahan, Bri Clark, Morgan Bain and Riley Pearce. By connecting emerging singer songwriters with some of the most influential figures in the music industry, this fantastic opportunity could be the kick start to your career!

From today aspiring singer songwriters can submit their entry online in three easy steps at for the opportunity to win one of two music development funds valued at $15,000.The program gives artists the flexibility to achieve their goals their way with an all-expenses paid trip to the USA to attend the Americana Music Festival, local gigs, ongoing education and the opportunity to work with Telstra to help them kick-start their music career, as well as the $15,000 development fund.

Telstra Group Manager Creative Partnerships, Nicola Reeves, said the program aims to connect aspiring artists with some of the best minds in the music business. “For over a decade, Telstra Road to Discovery has been committed to the development of Australia’s emerging music community at a grassroots level through music education, expertise and discovery,” said Ms Reeves. “This year we’re making it even easier for musicians across the country to enter by bringing the entry process completely online, and we’ll also be enticing new genres of musicians to the program with an interactive Master Class,” continued Ms Reeves.

The Telstra Road to Discovery Master Class series will also return for a third year in October, providing aspiring artists with direct access to some of the most influential names in the industry, and advice on developing their music career.

Australian music legend, singer-songwriter and longtime mentor of the program Ella Hooper, said Telstra Road to Discovery offers a genuine path for artists looking to break into the industry. “Mentoring young artists is a big part of what Telstra Road to Discovery is all about, each year attracting renowned artists, managers, producers and experts who all provide crucial advice and expertise to developing artists. Telstra Road to Discovery opens doors for artists like no other program. If you are an aspiring musician, or know of someone trying to get their foot in the door, this is a great opportunity to do so,” said Ms Hooper.

Entries open Monday 13 July and close on Sunday 23rd August 2015. For more information on the entry criteria, visit

Now in its 13th year, Telstra Road to Discovery is recognised as a well-established voice in the Australian music industry, providing insights and opportunities for aspiring songwriters and music lovers across the country. Focusing on three key pillars; music education, music expertise and music discovery, Telstra Road to Discovery offers on-demand music Master Classes and a robust website serving as a music hub with educational resources and industry news. Since 2003, Telstra Road has provided a launch pad for up and coming Australian artists who are now some of Australia’s finest musical acts including Jessica Mauboy, Harry Hookey, Melody Pool and last year’s winners Teischa Jones (Perth) and Loren Kate (Adelaide).

In 2015, Telstra Road once again focuses on discovering emerging unsigned songwriters and original music. The program is providing exciting performance, mentoring and educational opportunities for upcoming musicians by connecting them with industry professionals and musicians; where they can hone their skills and be heard on an international platform. The new online entry system enables them to bring you the best new talent and original music from around Australia. Not only will exciting new songwriting talent receive fantastic networking opportunities and valuable mentoring, two lucky winners will win a trip to the USA where they will have co-writing, recording and performance opportunities. The two winners will each receive a $15,000 music development fund to kick-start their music careers.

Telstra Road continues to provide real and genuine pathways into the Australian music scene for emerging home-grown talent and prides itself on the long-term relationships forged and ongoing support offered to artists. We are proud to count as program friends, many music industry specialists and respected Australian Music Artists.

Want to hear some of the best new music from around Australia? Visit their website or like them on Facebook. Get involved, spread the word and support Australian music.

More info here.

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WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.