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Four local singer-songwriters to take part in QMF mentorship program

Four Gladstone Region singer-songwriters have been selected to participate in the Queensland Music Festival (QMF) inaugural Songs That Made Me mentorship program. 

Gladstone Region Acting Mayor Chris Trevor congratulated Jessica Rose, Leah Chynoweth-Tidy, Leanne Brooker and Bronwyn Burke who were each chosen for their performance of an original song and a song that inspired them to become a singer-songwriter.  

"Gladstone Regional Council and Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre are pleased to support the Songs That Made Me project presented by QMF," Councillor Trevor said.

"It is awesome that four of our region's talented residents are among 11 Queensland finalists who will experience this exciting QMF mentorship and performance program." 

Songs That Made Me aims to empower and support emerging female singer-songwriters in regions including Mount Isa, Mackay and Gladstone. 

Council's Environment & Community Services Committee Chair Councillor Cindi Bush said the local finalists would have the chance to learn from some of Australia's most celebrated female musicians. 

"The Songs That Made Me program aims to boost the number of women in the Australian music industry by encouraging and supporting female musicians," Cr Bush said. 

"Our talented singer-songwriters will be introduced to fabulous music mentors including Katie Noonan, Deborah Conway, Clare Bowditch, Hannah Macklin and Leigh Carriage and will also receive mentoring from local talent Hayley Marsten. 

"Furthermore, this inspiring QMF initiative will enable our local finalists to perform in a free Songs That Made Me Gladstone concert alongside signature artists."

The free concert will be held on stage in the GPC's Marina Parklands on Saturday, July 15 from 7.30pm. 

Songs That Made Me is presented by Queensland Music Festival, Brisbane City Council, Mount Isa City Council, Gladstone Regional Council and Mackay Regional Council and supported by the Queensland Government, APRA AMCOS, Australia Council for the Arts, RODE Microphones, Glencore Mount Isa Mines and The Tivoli.

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