2018 Youth Mentorship Winners announced!

Now in its 9th year, Mullum Music Festival is excited to announce the latest crop of inspiring young talent to be inducted into the Youth Mentorships Program. Judged by Music Supervisor for Film & TV Norman Parkhill the organisers were delighted with the calibre of talent vying for the coveted 1:1 time with an industry professional to support their 20-minute festival spot. One lucky winner will also receive a recording opportunity with festival sponsors Southern Cross University, to be chosen during the winners live performances.

Youth Mentorship organiser Tom Whitaker said ‘Once again the quality was high and their were lots of applications by diverse acts. The age range was between 7 – 21 with entries coming from as far afield as Sydney and the Sunshine Coast.’

The Mentorships shine the light on the most impressive application with the most outstanding performance, picking the artist or band that would most benefit from the experience.

‘The Mentorships sessions happen with the support of Mullumbimby High School, as we use their music rooms to prepare a 20 minute performance for the festival’ says Tom. ‘They each have an hour with their mentor to play their set and get feedback – on stagecraft, the order of the songs, on vocalisation, on performance, technical stuff. And after that the mentor goes with the young musician to the performance and helps them set up and sound check as its an important part of the process for a young musician to know how to manage!’



For 8 years Mullum Music Festival has been supporting and nurturing young musicians through its Youth Mentorship Program, teaming up emerging artists under 21 years of age with established musicians from the festival line-up to mentor and provide hands-on practical advice in a festival setting. We were thrilled to announce the 2017 YOUTH MENTORSHIP winners...

The below selected young artists from each category receive a rehearsal /mentor session with their mentor, a 20-minute performance slot at the festival with their mentor backstage, the opportunity to watch their mentor perform from backstage, passes to the festival, and the chance to win a recording session at Southern Cross University.

Band | Mentor: HUSKY


Loose Content are the winners of the Band Category. The three hander comprised of Milla Stewart-Long, Sam Sanders and Aquila Tranz Porter hail from Mullumbimby and are excited about sharing their funk flavoured indie rock with Mullum Music Fest goers. Oh, and they’re all 13 – 14 years of age!


Singer Songwriter | Mentor: LIOR


The Sunshine Coast’s 17 year old boy wonder Izack Hunt took out the Songwriting Category. His music has been recognised by the Queensland Music Awards for the Indigenous Section and he was a semi-finalist in their International Songwriting Competition. This young musician is clearly going to be one to watch, especially after his session with Lior.


Vocal category | Mentor: SHELLY BROWN


The only daughter of Byron Shire Councillor Sarah Ndiaye, 18-year-old Senegalese Australian Singer Songwriter Aysha Ndiaye was the voice that wowed the judges. She told the judges that ‘I still struggle with the vulnerability and anxiety that comes with performance and I would like to learn how to harness and overcome these feelings to become a powerful performer.’ Charismatic and larger than life, it’s no doubt that Aysha’s place is centre stage commanding a crowd. She will be mentored by Shelly Brown.


Under 15s category | Mentor: WILLIAM CRIGHTON


The winner of the Under 15 category to be mentored by William Crighton is 11-year-old Murwillumbah schoolgirl Emmagen Rain. Earlier this year she was the People’s Choice Winner at the Tamworth Country Music Busking Championship and previously won Channel 9’s The Voice Competition at the Night Quarter in April. She was the youngest graduate at this year’s junior Academy of Country Music in Tamworth and featured on the Main Stage at the Gympie Folk Festival. Emmagen Rain will perform at the sold out Opening Night Gala on Thursday 15 November.