$48k hand up to the world stage

A GIFTED and talented young Tamworth musician has received a scholarship to attend a prestigious acting school.

Goori Knox won the International Screen Academy scholarship, valued at $48,000, giving him a much sought-after opportunity to develop his acting skills and industry experience in screen-based broadcast media. 

Knox has the inspiration of his dad, blues singer Buddy Knox, grandfather and country music star Roger Knox and his grandmother, renowned entertainer Auriel Andrew to draw on and has already amassed an impressive music CV.

He was selected for the Talent Development Program (TDP) two years ago after scouts saw him audition for the NSW Schools Spectacular.

And it was here at the TDP that Knox was offered the chance to work with beat boxer and fellow TDP student Bernie Van Tiel to perform as part of the pre-show entertainment for Pink’s Sydney concert. 

Closer to home, Knox, a Country Music Festival regular, wowed fans again this year, emceeing and performing at the Aboriginal Cultural Showcase.

“This is an amazing opportunity for Goori,” Arts North West Aboriginal arts officer Lorrayne Riggs said.

“ISA students gain an educational foundation that is unrivalled in Australia.” 

The International Screen Academy is a centre of excellence and selects and trains talented young people in a range of disciplines including feature film, TV drama and voice.

Knox, now based in Newcastle, begins his course at the academy on March 31. 

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