A SPOT on stage at Tamworth Country Music Festival is on offer for Regional Song Contest entrants.
The sixth annual competition has a focus on relentless drought this year, and asks for songs in support of the farming community. We want to hear songs of compassion and hope for farmers, organiser Al Buchan said.
"Farmers are doing it tough and everybody knows how a good song can help bridge the gap, touch the heart and make a difference," he said.
Tamworth man Chad Sinclair won the competition last year, released his debut album and as part of his prize, had his winning song remixed and launched on iTunes.
It's a song about the land and it is a moving tribute to those feelings we get when we stop and consider our life in the shadow of a mountain.Al Buchan
Sinclair's song called Upon Me was remixed with the help from international session musician Phil Weaver and well-known Tamworth drummer Dave Adams.
"It's a song about the land and it is a moving tribute to those feelings we get when we stop and consider our life in the shadow of a mountain," Mr Buchan said.
The Regional Song Contest will select 10 finalists who will be invited to perform their song for the farmers on one of the biggest stages at Tamworth Country Music Festival at the Australia Day long weekend.
The prime time performance at the Fan Zone stage is an opportunity for aspiring artists to slingshot their careers to success.
Try getting a spot like that at the festival, Mr Buchan said.
The winner will also receive a Music Mentorship package with Fretfest, the Australian music company behind the song contest that has a 20 year track record of discovering new talent.
Fretfest is credited with helping kick-start the careers of some of Australia's most successful singer songwriters, including Pete Murray, Kate Miller-Heidke and Tom Busby.
The Regional Song Contest is designed to give songwriters from regional Australian communities the chance to be discovered, Mr Buchan said.
Entrants must enter at fretfest.com/regional-song-contest before December 21.