CMAA Senior Academy of Country Music to be held before Tamworth Country Music Festival

STRUMMING: 2016 student Matilda Sommers with tutor Kevin Bennett at the CMAA Academy of Country Music at Calrossy. Photo: Peter Hardin 080117PHB010
STRUMMING: 2016 student Matilda Sommers with tutor Kevin Bennett at the CMAA Academy of Country Music at Calrossy. Photo: Peter Hardin 080117PHB010

A BUNCH of excited emerging country music talent is gearing up for an intensive country music festival.

The Country Music Association of Australia are ready to host another group of aspiring singers, songwriters and musicians at the 2018 Senior Academy of Country Music.

Announced by the association this week, the artists will come from all over Australia and even India – a first for the academy, and ages will range from 14 to 54.

The group of students will be based at Calrossy Anglican School just before the festival where they’ll learn the ropes from some of the best in the business.

“Welcoming a student from as far away as India brings a real international flavour to the academy and we are sure Sharon Russel will learn plenty about the Australian country music industry and his fellow students will learn plenty from him,” academy general manager Roger Corbett said.

“Of the 29 students, 18 are female and 11 male, with 11 from NSW, 11 Queenslanders, two Victorians, three will head to Australia from New Zealand, and Sharon Russel joins us all the way from India.”

All up, there are 24 students in the singer-songwriter course and five in the instrumental course. “

The students will undertake the world-class intensive music and business course in January under the guidance of some of the best artists in the country for two weeks in Tamworth,” academy director Lyn Bowtell said.

“They can expect to work hard, but grow as artists and people over those two weeks and the changes we see in them is incredible. T

“The course gives them the chance to learn all they can about the music industry and form lifelong bonds with other aspiring singers and songwriters and award-winning artists.”

Tutors include Ashleigh Dallas, Kevin Bennett, Lachlan Bryan, Simon Johnson, and assistant Liam Kennedy-Clark who will be joined by special guests to speak to the students about the business side of music, songwriting, media, and other vital aspects of the modern music industry. 

The course began in 1997 and has seen the likes of Lyn Bowtell, Brooke McClymont, Adam Eckersley, Travis Collins, Ashleigh Dallas, and Judah Kelly graduate.  The Academy runs from January 6 to 20, 2018 in Tamworth. 

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