Queensland’s composers of tomorrow have today been given an amazing opportunity to shine, with the Queensland Music Festival opening applications for two programs for school students looking to further their musical ambitions; Score IT! and On Song.

Score IT! provides Queensland school students from Years 7 to 12 interested in film composition with the chance to create an original composition to accompany a short film produced by the Griffith Film School. On Song, a statewide songwriting competition for emerging singer/songwriters, is open for musicians students aged 12 to 18 years old in regional areas. Both competitions provide the opportunity for young people to participate in workshops and be mentored by some of the country’s most lauded musical talent.

Score IT! will be judged by an expert panel including award-winning screen composer and orchestrator Cameron Patrick, known for orchestrating films including Jurassic World, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Inside Out and Star Trek Into Darkness, giving students a rare insight into the world of professional music. Finalists will be given the opportunity to participate in composition and film making workshops with leading industry professionals this July.

On Song will be judged by Jack Carty, one of Australia’s most respected singer/songwriters who has toured the world and released five full-length studio albums and acclaimed vocalist, songwriter, producer and Queensland Music Festival Artistic Director Katie Noonan. The selected musicians will participate in a series of songwriting and performance workshops joined with advanced mentoring from Jack Carty, before travelling to Brisbane for a performance alongside Jack at one of Brisbane’s respected live music venues.

The prize pool for both competitions also includes a RØDE AI-1 Complete Studio Kit with Audio Interface to support the professional development of these young musicians and singer-songwriters. Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said Score IT! and On Song provided music students and budding composers with an incredible opportunity to create their original piece of music and to be mentored by music and film industry experts.

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