The Gardner Awards & Compilation Album

Gardner Awards and Compilation Album 2018

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The Gardner Awards is a Victoria-based music project, run by us at InAct Oz in association with Bendigo’s own Ladd Studios, that will give young people of student age 15-18 in the Bendigo and surrounding areas the opportunity to make a professional recording, be included on a compilation album that will be released through all major outlets, and win an award at the inaugural Gardner Awards ceremony – all for free!

The awards are named after one of the legendary managers/promoters of Australian music, Ted Gardner, who has had an immense career spanning over four decades, working with bands such as Men at Work, Queens of the Stone Age, Tool, and Brian Johnstone Massacre. Ted is also the co-founder of the Lollapalooza Festivals that have raised over seven million dollars for charity world-wide.

The deadline for submitting rough demos is the beginning of Term 4, Monday the 8th of October.

Sessions at the recording studios will take place out of schools hours during October/November, and the album release and awards ceremony will take place in December. The awards will also provide an opportunity for graphic designers to collaborate with artistes and produce album art that could be distributed with the album as the official album art.

The ceremony will be held within a local theatre and awards will be ARIA-themed, i.e. there will be awards for Best in Genre, Best in Year Level, Best Album Art, and many more!

Entrants who feature on the album will be given the chance to perform live and on-stage during the awards night. Students interested in stagecraft will also have the chance to assist with stage work and give them further experience in their field.

Winning entrants will be notified via email obtained through their initial entries.

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All entries to the album will be protected under Australian Copyright Law.

“That’s right – you don’t have to do anything to ‘get’ copyright; it is there from the moment you write down the song. So as soon as you create a new song or piece of music, you have copyright in it.” – APRA AMCOS.

For more information on Australian music copyright, visit APRA AMCOS and/or Music Rights Australia.