The semi-final dates for Youth Rock 2015 have been announced and yet again it is promising to be one of the most exciting events of Youth Week this year! Between 15 – 18 April, our youth project Indent will be presenting music industry workshops to the Youth Rock’s semi-finalists, providing them with real-world skills to get their music careers off the ground. Youth Rock is a state wide talent search competition that provides an opportunity for young people aged 12-25 to showcase their music in front of a big audience and music industry expert judges. Previous winners of the competition included prolific Aussie acts such as Silverchair, Alex Lloyd and Hayley Warner.

Last year over a hundred bands participated in the event, performing in front of music and recording industry professionals during the 2014 Youth Week celebrations. In addition to the music industry presence at Youth Rock, 2500+ punters attend the band heats, so there is no doubt that Youth Rock opens doors for young NSW-based bands.


Songwriting 101 - Brisbane-based singer songwriter and 2012 triple j Unearthed winner Thelma Plum, Sydney’s art-pop artist Jess Montaigne and Dan Mac of Art vs Science will share their songwriting tips & tricks, with a focus on how to craft original music and beat writers block.

Music Industry Q & A - an interactive question and answer session between an Indent moderator, Thelma Plum, Jess Montaigne and Dan Mac, focusing on how to breakthrough as a young band in the Australian music industry today, and how to make a band stand out from the crowd.

2015 Youth Rock Semi-Finalists

RUOK? - Cronulla High
SHADE - Warners Bay High
VASBAN - Kirrawee High
THIRD HOUR - Picton High
THIRD DEPARTURE – Keira Technology High
THE CITIZENS - Rosebay Secondary College
THREE STRIKES - Mount Annan High
J’s ENVY - Moorebank High
SHIVER - Bossley Park High
KOI - Ryde Secondary High
DAVID TAYLOR – Knox Grammar
SOUTHERN END – Whitebridge High
FIEK - Charlton Christian College
SNATCH – Kotara High
SPLIT FEED – St Francis Xavier’s College
NEVER ODD OR EVEN – Warners Bay High
SLINGSHOT – Morriest High
KONKROTCH – Castle Hill High
THE MOVING STILLS – Kincumber High
GONE ELECTRIC – Rosebay Secondary College
VENDETTA – Warners Bay High
GUILTRIP - Lake Munmorah High
BOHEMIA - Duval High
IN MOTION - Hunter River High
SOAR – Taree High
TERRAVOROUS – Bateman’s Bay High
ROOM 21 - Kyogle High

Congratulations to all the Youth Rock 2015 semi-finalists!

For more information on Youth Rock, head HERE.
For more information on Indent head HERE.
For interview requests and media enquiries contact SCARLETT@MUSICNSW.COM


Great news guys! We have just launched the Travel Beyond portal, so you can now access the fantastic AMIN and Travel Beyond travel deal! Australian musicians are set to save thousands of dollars a year in touring costs after this preferred supplier deal negotiated between the Australian Music Industry Network and Travel Beyond Group.

In an Australian first, Travel Beyond Group has designed a dedicated travel portal available to members of AMIN’s associated state and territory bodies which offers discounted Virgin Australia fares (domestically and internationally), heavily discounted accommodation rates and ground requirements. For more information on the travel deal, head here.


In order to access the portal and take advantage of the travel deal, first you need to become a member of MusicNSW, which is 100% free.

To sign up as a new member of MusicNSW, click on the Community Members tab above to fill out a short sign up form. From there you will be sent a confirmation email containing your username and password. You then head back to the  Community Members tab above and login to our site using the username and password emailed to you.

Already a member of MusicNSW? Due to the upgrade in our membership sign up system, you will need to get a password, because in the past we only issued your member numbers. To get your password, enter your email and click on the ‘Forgot My Password’ button under the member login box, which is located on the Community Members tab above. From there you will be sent a password which you can use to login to the site.

Once you are logged into our site as a member, it will tell you what your member number is, and you can access the Travel Beyond portal. Once you get to the portal, you will need to ‘Create A New User’ account with Travel Beyond. Instructions on how to ‘Create A New User’ are provided once you log in to the membership area of the MusicNSW website, which you MUST read in order to know how to set up an account with Travel Beyond.

If you have any further enquiries about the  booking process, we have put together a comprehensive FAQ which should answer all your questions. After reading the FAQ, if you have more enquiries about the portal and booking process, contact Wonitta Atkins (Travel Beyond) on wonitta.atkins@travelbeyond.com.au /  03 9827 6177.  If you need help with your MusicNSW membership contact Scarlett Di Maio (MusicNSW) on membership@musicnsw.com / 02 9953 5279.