The program is available to Australian residents under 26 years old who play or sing bluegrass music, with a $1500 cash prize and recording time being awarded to the recipient. It is meant to provide a leg up for young artists who show exceptional promise.
As stated in the application…
We are looking for an individual who is passionate about bluegrass music and has the potential to contribute to the growth of the genre, particularly in Australia. We also value some of the following traits and characteristics:
- clarity of vision
- determination and dedication
- skill and execution
- energy and feel
- creativity and originality
In addition to the cash prize, the 2013 winner will receive sufficient studio time at Pacific International to record and mix a single track, completed to professional standards. Backing musicians from both the US and Australia will be provided.
Submissions must be received by December 31, 2012, in the form of a completed application with supporting audio samples and a $25 registration fee. An accompanying essay is also required, with each applicant asked to explain their interest in bluegrass music, and what they would do with the $1500 prize to further their musical goals should they be chosen.
Full details are included with the submission form.
The winner will be announced on January 14, 2013.