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Telstra – Local community groups urged to Keep the Music Playing



Community groups within 400 kilometres of Launceston have the chance to win a musical equipment package through the Keep the Music Playing initiative.

Telstra Area General Manager, Northern Tasmania, Michael Patterson, said Keep the Music Playing was a fantastic new initiative designed to support the growth of music talent throughout Australia.

“Telstra has demonstrated a strong commitment to music development through the Telstra Road to Tamworth, and thanks to partner Billy Hyde, we’re now able to offer a wide range of community groups, from public schools to local charities, the chance to win valuable music equipment,” Mr Patterson said.

The winning community group from the Launceston region will be one of 13 groups across the country awarded the musical equipment packages, which will include instruments and recording equipment. Each group will be able to choose from one of four packages.

Entries are now open in the Telstra Road to Tamworth national talent search, which offers performers and songwriters the ultimate prize package to help launch a professional music career.

Telstra Road to Tamworth Ambassadors, The McClymonts, started their young careers entering talent competitions and gaining valuable performance and industry knowledge along the way.

Mollie McClymont, a former Telstra Road to Tamworth finalist, said Telstra provided amazing opportunities for aspiring musicians through the Telstra Road to Tamworth competition.

“Up and coming country artists should be taking the chance to showcase their talent,” she said.

“The new online digital heat means that no matter where you live in Australia, you can still be a part of this fantastic program.”

The winning country music performer will receive a return trip to Nashville, as well a recording opportunity, the production of a music video clip and a professional photographic session.

A return trip to Nashville and the unique opportunity to work with leading US songwriters are also on offer to the winning songwriter.

Aspiring performers are encouraged to send in a video clip of their musical performance via video upload or web link and songwriters can upload their lyrics and melody for a chance to win. Entries close at midnight on Sunday 27 September.

The Launceston heat of the Telstra Road to Tamworth talent competition will be held as part of The Royal Launceston Show from 10.30am on Saturday 10 October.

The event will feature performances by one of Australia’s biggest female country music trio’s The McClymonts, supported by local Devenport musician and former Telstra Road to Tamworth Grand Finalist Daniel Bicanski.

For more information on heat locations, the terms and conditions and how to enter the Telstra Road to Tamworth or Keep the Music Playing visit

Telstra media contact:
Martin Barr

Javelin media contact:
Melanie Neilson

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