Coolamon Shire wins media award

Coolamon Shire youth attended the Indent Open Day in Sydney on March 9 and were stoked to be awarded an ISAAC Award for Best Media in recognition of their 2011 Youth Week event GLOW.

Held in Youth Week GLOW was an all ages music event organised by a group of Ganmain youth and showcased youth talent from around the region capped off with a headline performance by Luke Dickens.

The ISAAC awards are an initiative of Indent, a project of MusicNSW, which recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions to furthering all-ages entertainment around the state.

There are ten award categories that cover individuals, event teams, youth workers and local businesses and organisations.

Each of the ten categories are industry supported, signifying the quality of work delivered by the winners.

GLOW was such a success that it is now planned as an annual Youth Week event and this year is being organised by an Ardlethan group of Youth.

Six of these youth joined Coolamon Shire Council’s Youth & Community Development Officer, Bronwyn Hatty, on a bus trip to the 2012 Indent Open Day at the Bondi Pavillion after again successfully applying for an Indent grassroots grant of $2500 to run GLOW.

Picking up seven Bland Shire Youth and their Youth Officer Lauren Carr on the way as well the road trip was a fun learning experience in event management and the music scene.

A mini-conference aimed at increasing the skills and knowledge base of young people, the Indent Open Day was hosted by Tom Tilley of the HACK on Triple J.

Tom chatted to a range of music industry experts who have worked with bands from Grinspoon to Gotya to Coldplay.

After soaking up the wealth of information on offer throughout the day the Ardlethan team is feeling positive about organising GLOW with plans to soon release the headline act and an April event date.

Providing a unique opportunity for young singers and bands to take to the stage, youth aged 12-25 years interested in performing at GLOW can email Bronwyn Hatty at: bhatty@coolamon.nsw.gov.au for a registration form. More information will also be added to the Coolamon Shire Library facebook page in the coming weeks: www.facebook.com/coolamonlibrary.

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