ENTER: TIP JAR / by Kian West

At the heart of any successful musician’s career is a song (or possibly songs) that helped them rise above the masses. Newcastle has long been a hotbed of musical talent, but it has been a little while between exports like Silverchair and The Screaming Jets, so TIP JAR has arrived to change this.

ENTRIES: Open to anyone residing in the Greater Newcastle area. Multiple entries are allowed, but with a public vote component, we suggest picking your best one. Entries open August 1st on the website and close at the end of September.

VOTING: From October 1st to 31st there will be a public vote and a judging panel vote to select two winners.

PRIZES: Each prize is valued at more than $10,000 and includes recording time at TAFE NSW studios with award-winning engineers; a promotional pack with Newcastle Live and Newcastle Mirage; marketing collateral, including photography and a press pack from Sawtooth Studios; and an industry session with Source Music.