Kevin Gleeson Emerging Music Prize

Applications are now open for the Kevin Gleeson Emerging Music Prize.

On 22 May 2016, a Concert for Kev was held at Club 54 in Launceston to remember and celebrate the huge contribution that Kevin Gleeson made to Tasmanian music.

The concert was organised by Brad Harbeck from Vanguard Bookings, hosted by David Wedd, and featured a gigantic line-up that included: Christopher Coleman Collective, Jack McLaine, Modus, Paper Souls, Radio Silence, The Sleepyheads, The Styles, Squid Fishing, Turbulence, The Art Of Surviving, Grim Fawkner, J. Robert Youngtown, Lili Pearson, Milo Bean, Nikola Jane and Seth Henderson.

This year it's happening again!

A bumper line up of local acts, including Angus King, Cardinels, X’s, Radio Silence and Squid Fishing, are set to take the stage this Saturday 27 May for the Concert for Kev at Club 54 in Launceston.

Organiser Brad Harbeck said there was no better way to remember Kev’s legacy.

“He was a real driving force behind the local scene, and gave a lot of bands their first shows,” he said.

The money raised from this event will be used to fund a new prize for emerging Tasmanian artists, in recognition of the advice, care, and encouragement that Kev gave to so many artists starting out in the music industry.

The Kevin Gleeson Emerging Music Prize will reward a Tasmanian musician or band with a gift voucher of $500 to spend at either Barrett's Music Store in Launceston, or McCanns's Music Cenre in Hobart, to help develop their music career.

Brad Harbeck said it was all about helping young musicians who were starting out.

“We really want the emphasis to be on new acts, because Kev spent so much of his time assisting bands who had just come on the scene.”

To apply for the prize, you must be based in Tasmania, play original music, and complete the Expression of Interest form.

Music Tasmania and Vanguard Bookings will judge the entries and award the Kevin Gleeson Emerging Music Prize to the musician or band they believe will benefit most from this funding.

Applications close 30 June 2017.

Click here to apply.

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