Promoting local talent

Hilltops council may get involved in a state government initiative to fund local micro music festivals.

TALENT: Local musician Harry Cleverdon would be one of many local musicians to benefit from the micro music festival program.

TALENT: Local musician Harry Cleverdon would be one of many local musicians to benefit from the micro music festival program.

Modelled off the successful Western Sydney live and local program, councils in regional areas now have a chance to secure a share of $150,000 to put on a quality show for the community.

Local MP Katrina Hodgkinson said music festivals have proven to be good for local economies.

"Local councils like the Hilltops council should apply to the NSW Government for funds as we’ve seen some great examples of what festivals bring to local communities – not only in terms of economic stimulus, but there can be great cultural and social benefit from these types of events as well," she said.

“While not all of us may play an instrument or sing well, everyone enjoys listening to music and supporting local artists. It can also be expensive to buy tickets and travel to major centres for a concert, so why not make the most of the opportunity to attract this kind of experience to the regions.”

Hilltops Council administrator Wendy Tuckerman said the council would be interested in applying for a grant through the program.

"I believe the intent of the Government is to support local musicians by creating performance opportunities and for the community more broadly to support and experience some homegrown talent," she said.

"We are very lucky to have organisations such as the Young School of Music who are offering the ground work in nurturing our local talent across the region, and innovative business houses who are offering live music performances.

"Having a micro music festival sounds like a great opportunity to support the work that is already being done."  

Ms Hodgkinson said running micro-festivals had benefits for local musicians.

“I know many musicians take every opportunity they can to perform, like local singer Harry Cleverdon for example," she said.

"We have lots of local talent who would benefit from more opportunities to perform.”

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