Pubs across NSW are on the lookout for the next big thing in live music as part of the first Rockin’ the Puburbs competition.

The competition is an initiative of the Australian Hotels Association NSW (AHA NSW), in partnership with the Live Music Office and APRA AMCOS.

Many live acts start out their careers in pubs, and the AHA NSW has launched the competition to do their part in supporting and promoting local acts, said AHA CEO John Whelan.

We are calling for NSW-based original live bands and artists to enter the competition for the opportunity to win a headline tour of some of the state’s leading pubs, while they will also receive a  mentorship from APRA AMCOS ambassador Mark Lizotte (Diesel) and Damian Cunningham from the Live Music Office.  The winners first gig will take place at the AHA NSW Awards for Excellence on Tuesday, 21 November.

“I’ve been playing in pubs since the age of 14, and they’ve played an integral part in my development as a musician, providing an environment in which to work on my craft,” Lizotte said.

“Live music in pubs is part of the Australian landscape and in 2017, more than ever, we need to acknowledge and nurture the culture we have created for the future.”

The $15,000 prize includes:

  • Paid live gigs at NSW pubs over summer 2017-18
  • A dedicated tour publicist
  • A one-on-one mentoring session with Mark Lizotte (Diesel)
  • A one-on-one mentoring session with the Live Music Office
  • A paid performance at the AHA (NSW) Awards for Excellence

Entries will be judged by an industry panel including reps from the Live Music Office, APRA AMCOS, AHA NSW and Mark Lizotte.

Nominations are open now and will close 25 August. The entries will be judged by an industry panel, and the winner will be announced on 8 November.

For more information and entry submission, head to
#rockinthepuburbs #supportaustralianmusic

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