The Quest for WA’s Best Young Songwriters is now open
Fairbridge Festival‘s The Quest Youth Songwriting Competition has opened for 2015. In its fourth year, The Quest presents the opportunity for four lucky students aged 12 -18 to win performance slots at Fairbridge Festival and WAM Festival, a recording session, a professional photo shoot and WAM Song of the Year entry. The 2014 16-18 age group winners Raksha are pictured above, playing this year’s WAM Festival Saturday Spectacular.
The competition features two categories, Songwriting and Performance, as well as providing the ideal basis for a project or assessment task for music students to demonstrate achievement of many of the content descriptions and assessment criteria contained in the National Curriculum, the new WACE qualifications or Certificate/VET music programs. A truly international/intercultural genre, the exploration of folk and world music is relevant to students studying music in the Western Art, Jazz or Contemporary contexts. Entries to The Quest can be developed independently or embedded into lower and senior school programs.
Award-winning songwriters Andrew Winton and Roly Skender will facilitate collaborative songwriting workshops, planned for late January and early February, with two in the metropolitan area and one in Pinjarra. Participants will learn how to hone their own tunes through a unique and creative process of discussion, performance, lyric writing and recording. Numbers are strictly limited. Workshop places are on first-come-first-served basis.