Lyn Bowtell has described the scholarship being organised to send someone to the Academy of Country Music as an amazing gift.
A concert was held at Moonshiners last Saturday, called Honky Tonk Heroes, which raised more than $3000.
Hosted by Travis Collins, it featured artists who gave up their time free-of-charge to sing, which included Judah Kelly, Ashleigh Dallas, Liam Brew, Luke Austen and US artist John Stone.
“That was Chris Watson and Travis Collins’ branchild,” Bowtell, who is the director of the academy, said.
“They thought they’d see if they could raise enough money to get a grant basically to give someone a scholarship.”
Along with the proceeds from the door, a guitar donated by Collins’ and signed by all the artists was auctioned for more than $2000
“I think it’s amazing gift to give someone that opportunity,” Bowtell said.
“It’s a great opportunity for anyone wanting to get out there in the industry, young or old, who just wants to get some contacts.
“It’s not age dependent either, even though a lot of young people are involved. I think our eldest student this year was 52, and he just loved it, he sucked it all up like a sponge, and our youngest was 16, so it’s pretty broad and that’s what country music’s like.”
Bowtell said the details of the scholarship, including who would be eligible and how they apply, were yet to be decided, but she said that would be organised in collaboration with Collins and Watson.
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