Big opportunity to make a musical difference

Big opportunity to make a musical difference

Emerging singer-songwriters are being offered the opportunity to perform live at an outdoor concert in the heart of the city, as part of Mental Health Month in October.

The Our Kind of Music event is being organised by Sydney Youth Music, a newly-formed team of young live-music promoters, and is supported by the City of Sydney and Music NSW’s youth arm, Indent.

One in four young Australians are affected by mental health problems and the free event on Saturday 12 October aims to raise awareness about the illness and how support, love and kindness can help those who are suffering.

“This is a great opportunity for young musicians to get up on stage in the heart of the city – and help make a difference for people living with a mental illness,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

Sydney Youth Music is looking for musicians aged 12-24 to apply by submitting an original song highlighting the kindness theme, to tie in with the Mental Health Month NSW theme – Kindness: Little acts, big impacts!

The Our Kind of Music event will feature performances from solo, duo and group acts from a range of musical backgrounds, as well as appearances from special musical guests.

Each musician selected to perform on the day will be given a one-year busking licence to encourage them to continue performing live. Selected musicians will also be given the opportunity to record their song at the Redfern Community Centre’s state-of-the-art recording studio.

City Youth Services Coordinator, Jenna Bloom, said the song could be of any musical genre or style, and the theme interpreted in anyway.

“Music can be a powerful tool to address important topics like mental health in a way that people relate to,” Ms Bloom said.

“Not only does it bring people together and make them feel connected, it can also spread positivity and awareness. Young musicians should use this opportunity to share their feelings, while also taking on the challenge of performing live at an outdoor event in the middle of the city and connecting with an audience.”

Applications close Friday 30 August. For more information, or to obtain an application form, call 02 9244 3693 or email


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