Band & Poster Competition for Youth Rockin' the Black Dog
Youth Rockin' the Black Dog (YRBD) is an annual youth music competition, managed by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health in partnership with Black Dog Institute and Hunter headspace, with support from the local music industry in Newcastle, The Loft Youth Arts & Cultural Centre and with sponsorship from local business.
The competition is designed to raise awareness of mental health issues among young people in the Hunter and surrounding regions. The competition encourages young people to get thinking and talking about mental health issues with friends, family and networks; and aims to promote the range of services available to support young people – both locally and nationally.
In 2012, the competition format will consist of weekly live heats in the lead up to a Grand Final event in October (NSW Mental Health Month). Bands will be chosen to compete in one of three heats throughout September in front of a panel of music industry representatives, vying for a place in the Grand Final.
The Grand Finalists will compete for a range of prizes, including a fully produced and mastered 3-track EP recording package. Additional prizes this year will also be awarded for best emerging talent (12-16 y.o.), Grand Final poster design, and best song composition inspired by mental health imagery.
Attached are the flyers for the band competition and for the poster design competition, as well as a sponsorship fact sheet. I would appreciate you spreading the word to any young people you think might be interested in entering, or to people who might be interested in coming along to or supporting the events.
You can find out more about YRBD and download the Application Kit by visiting www.himh.org.au/yrbd. You are welcome to spread the word through your social media contacts on Facebook (www.facebook.com/yrbdbandcom) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/_yrbd).
Entries clost Friday 3rd August.