A Gawler teenager who recently won triple j’s Unearthed High leads the 2019 crop of Robert Stigwood Fellowship recipients.
Since 2014 the Music Development Office’s Robert Stigwood Fellowship has provided financial support and mentoring to a generation of promising South Australian bands and emerging music industry professionals. Previous years have helped usher acts like Tkay Maidza, West Thebarton, Electric Fields and Timberwolf to the next stage of their music careers, and today the state government has revealed the next crop.
Earlier this month Gawler’s Faith Lutheran College played host to South Australian expats and triple j breakfast presenters Ben and Liam as they named 16-year-old George Alice the 2019 winner of the station’s Unearthed High competition. Now Alice (pictured) robert stwill receive a year of mentorship and access to funding as part of the Robert Stigwood Fellowship.
She’ll be joined by rock duo TOWNS, pop-oriented aesthetes Pinkish Blue and singer songwriters Stellie and Rory Adams. While the program typically explores a mix of established and emerging acts, this year’s bunch – which includes two teenagers – is particularly dominated by young talent.
Over on the industry front, arts worker Bella Caruso, Electric Fields manager Diana Sautelle, longtime WOMAdelaide publicist Leigh McGrane and band manager Jordan Tito will receive mentoring and support in developing their respective industry businesses over the next year.
Robert Stigwood Fellows are selected by a panel that includes a variety of music industry figures from around Australia including former triple j Home & Hosed presenter Dom Alessio (Sounds Australia), UNIFIED Music director Jaddan Comerford, Sony A&R heads Maree Hamblion and Paul Harris.