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Cooma Rotary Club & The Australian National Busking Championships™

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– A Unique Music Festival

  • Where: Cooma NSW, the picturesque and historic capital of Australia’s Snowy Mountains
  • When:Saturday 1st November 2014

About:

Rotary 2014Official Logo  MoE_RGBThe Australian National Busking Championships (ANBC) is now in its third year. In an exciting new development, this year’s event will be presented by the Cooma Rotary Club. This is great news because the Cooma Rotary Club brings a lot of benefits to this community-based music event.

  • Busking organisers & Cooma Rotary Club shake on the deal

    Busking organisers & Cooma Rotary Club shake on the deal

    Cooma Rotary Club will bring more helpers, “boots on the ground”, on and before the day of the event.

  • Cooma Rotary is part of a great network of Rotary Clubs all around Australia, and indeed the world, so we’ll be able to spread the word.
  • Another benefit is that the Cooma Rotary Club brings a large amount of business knowledge and collective wisdom to the table.
  • With Cooma Rotary taking on the ANBC as a special project, this event now has an official not-for-profit status, opening up opportunities for grants and donations.
  • This partnership will ensure that the Australian National Busking Championships™ can grow from strength to strength and in the future become a truly national music festival.

A Unique Music Festival:

The Australian National Busking Championships is a different sort of music festival for Australia. Music festivals in Australia have typically been based on a particular style of music, e.g. Tamworth Country Music Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival. The ANBC is a celebration of all styles of music because the buskers bring a huge variety of music to the event. Whether that be Blues, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Indigenous, Multicultural or Classical, the Australian National Busking Championships™ reflects the rich diversity of Australian music culture.

Tickets for most music festivals are expensive; in the ANBC all the street entertainment is provided free of charge. The audience can, of course, tip the busker but that is their choice. All this wonderful music is performed literally feet away from them.

Although there are buskers at many music festivals in Australia, busking is typically relegated to a fringe activity. However, in this festival the buskers take pride of place. This festival brings music back to the people, back to the streets.

Just The One Special Day – Saturday 1st November:

This year we’ve decided to make this a one-day event. Last year the two-day format was a little too much for many of the buskers, judges and organisers. However, many of Cooma’s hotels and music venues will be featuring live music performed by some of the buskers on the Friday night before. So it will be a huge weekend of music in Cooma.

How Much Does It Cost To Be A Busker?

There is a registration fee of just $10 per busker. If you are in a group, the maximum fee will be $40 for a group registration. All fees will be remitted to the Rotary Club of Cooma.

The Entry Form is available to download at: ENTRY FORM_2014 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL BUSKING CHAMPIONSHIPS

How Does This Work?

tim cookeThe buskers will be assigned special locations (Busking Hot Spots) at various times around Centennial Park and the surrounding CBD of Cooma. A timetable will be emailed to all the registered buskers. Roaming judges will be assessing these performances during the day. This year there is also provision for musicians that would like to perform as non-competitors.

The prize winners for the age categories will be selected by a panel of judges at the Finals Concert, which will be held in Centennial Park at 5pm. Competitors in the Finals Concert will be selected from all of the busking performances during the day. A list of finalists will displayed at the Cooma Visitors Centre just before the Finals Concert.

A Worthwhile Community Event.

snowy ride logoFrom its first year, the Australian National Busking Championships™ has helped local not-for-profit groups raise money through fund raising activities on the day. Organisations such as the Cooma District Hospital Auxiliary, Cooma Rotary Club, Cooma Railway, 2MNO Community Radio, Cooma Swimming Club, St Patrick’s Parish School, to name a few, have raised thousands of dollars through this event. In fact, the main reason why the Australian National Busking Championships™ came into existence was through the wonderful work of the “Snowy Ride”. The ANBC was originally conceived to provide entertainment and fun for the 4,000 or so Snowy Riders as they passed through Cooma. Since its beginnings in 2001, this annual motorcycle event has raised over $5 million towards childhood cancer research. The Snowy Ride is organised by the Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation. So we at the Australian National Busking Championships are pleased to support the Snowy Ride. For more information about the Snowy Ride go to: https://www.snowyride.org.au/

The ANBC has also generated a much needed financial boost to the businesses of our country town. Coffee shops, restaurants, hotels, motels, clubs, retail shops and service stations have all benefited over the years. For Cooma, the ANBC comes at a normally “lean time”, well after the winter ski season and before the start of Christmas trading. To their credit, local businesses have got behind this event by generously sponsoring over $7,000 in prizes for the winners of the Championships.

 

Allan Spencer

Allan Spencer

The Australian National Busking Championships™ has the unique ability to provide significant benefits to the performers, the venue hosts, local businesses, community organisations and the general public. We hope you can join us in enjoying this wonderful event. Celebrate with us Australia’s rich and diverse music street culture!

For more information contact:

Allan Spencer

COOMA SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Shop 2, Parkview Arcade, 123 Sharp Street,
Cooma, NSW 2630
PHONE: 02 6452 6067
FAX: 02 6452 4938

EMAIL: allan@coomamusic.com.au

 

The Prizes – Australian National Busking Championships™ 2014

 

Cannonball Express competing at the Australian National Busking Championships

Cannonball Express competing at the Australian National Busking Championships

ailment sans-serif;”>Last Saturday saw the return of the enormously popular Australian National Busking Championships to the CBD of Cooma. Over 170 musicians played their hearts out to compete for over $8, illness 000 in prizes and the coveted title of Australian National Busking Champion.

The buskers commenced their street performances at 9.00am and played all day until 5.00 pm – the start of the Finals Concert in Centennial Park. At the Finals Concert five judges, Gunther Gorman, Marian Budos, Graham French, Donna Smith and ABC Radio presenter, Michael Cavanagh decided which buskers would receive the 23 awards on offer.

 

Guyy - Australian National Busking Champion - 2nd year running!

Guyy – Australian National Busking Champion – 2nd year running!

Singer-guitarist Guyy Lilleyman won the Open Champion for the second year running. He won a cash prize of $2,000. After winning last year’s Open Champion, Guyy has been enjoying an enormous boost to his music career. He has just returned from a highly successful tour of South Africa where he and his duo partner, violinist Amelia Gibson, played for thousands of new fans throughout that country. Guyy advertised on his South African tour posters that he was the “Australian National Busking Champion”.

 

Vendulka - wows the crowd

Vendulka – wows the crowd

Second place in the open section went to Vendulka Wichta. She won a cash prize of $300. Vendulka is, of course, Cooma’s very own X Factor girl and very much a crowd favourite in this event. Vendulka and Guyy are great friends so although they took this competition very seriously, they still managed to stay friends. They drove down together from Canberra for the day.

Third place in the open section went to a fabulous folk group called “The Button Collective”. They received a cash prize of $200. Originally formed in Lismore, The Button

The Button Collective came all the way from Sydney to compete in the Australian National Busking Championships

The Button Collective came all the way from Sydney to compete in the Australian National Busking Championships

Collective is now a Sydney-based band. They are in huge demand – they are constantly on the road performing in folk festivals all over Australia. The band is lead by guitarist, mandolin player and singer, Brodie Buttons aka Brodie Nossiter who was born and raised in Cooma, with piano accordion player Quinton Trembath and double bassist Jacob Pember.

Olivia Cakarun won the $1000 People's Choice Award

Olivia Cakarun won the $1000 People’s Choice Award

 

This year’s People’s Choice Award was Olivia Cakarun a talented 13 year old singer-guitarist from Sydney. She won $1,000. The second place winners were the Button Collective, earning themselves $700 to add to their booty. The third place People’s Choice Award was Harry Cleverdon, winning himself $300.

 

Josh Maynard (from Cowra) was awarded Australian National Busking Champion-secondary section

Josh Maynard (from Cowra) was awarded Australian National Busking Champion-secondary section

In the secondary section, Josh Maynard, a singer-guitarist from Cowra took out the first prize and $500. The second prize went to another singer-guitarist, Lucy Sugerman. Lucy is from Canberra and she also received $300. The third prize of $200 went to the three-piece group Raising Cain. This is a group of local musicians: Sarah Nicholson, Rory Maclean and Ehlana Wright.

In the primary age section, which was sponsored by the Cooma-Monaro Express, Harry

Harry Cleverdon came from Young to become the Australian National Busking Champion - primary section

Harry Cleverdon came from Young to become the Australian National Busking Champion – primary section

Cleverdon came first. Harry is a singer and keyboard player. He came down from Young with his family for the day. His prize was $300. The second prize of $200 was awarded to the brother and sister singing duo “Kick It”. They are Ted and Lucia Stewart from Canberra. The third place went to Tomas Carton. Tomas, who won $100, is a piano player from Cooma.

 

Marco Solo won one of ten Special Judges Award of $200 on offer

Marco Solo won one of ten Special Judges Award of $200 on offer

This year there were also 10 Special Judges Awards of $200 each. These were for buskers that the judges thought deserving of special recognition. They were: The Brademann Brothers (from Cooma), The Browne Sisters (from Tanja), Connor Ross (from Cobargo), Cooma Public School Choir, Dab Three (from Woodbine), Marco Solo (from Cobargo), Roger McCulloch (from Cooma), Rowena Evans (from Cooma), Tessa Divine (from Canberra), and Undertow (from Canberra).

There was also a special “Farthest Traveller Award” of $100 that went to the busker that had to travel the longest distance to perform in the Championships. This award was donated by Michael Hutchesson. Michael, who is from South Australia, is a huge fan of the Championships. He couldn’t make it to this year’s event but still wanted to be part of the excitement.

This year’s third annual Australian National Busking Championships™ was by any measure a huge success, but it could not have happened without the generous support of the Rotary Club of Cooma, the Cooma-Monaro Shire Council, Cooma School of Music and these local businesses and organizations: Alpine Hotel Cooma, Cooma Hotel, Cooma-Monaro Express, Roses Restaurant, Mark Kenmir & Co, Eucumbene Trout Farm, Cooma Little Theatre, Cooma Lions Club, Cooma Family Dental, Snowy Monaro Arts Council, P D Murphy’s Cafe, Moontree Health Foods, The Monaro Post, ABC Local Radio, Radio 2XL, Snow FM Radio, 2MNO Community Radio, Cooma Cafe, 40 Cafe, Never Ending Memories, Mainstreet, Snowy Camping World, Cooma Trophy & Gift Centre, Pizza House Food Factory, Bush Basics, Kettle and Seed, The Two Vaults Restaurant and The Lott Foodstore.  

ABC Radio National – Bush Telegraph – Podcast:

6:30pm, therapist
Saturday 20 September at the Jindabyne Memorial Hall

Entry Form:

Jindy Idol 2014 Entry Form

Anyone, visit
of any age, cheap
with a talent for performance (song, dance, acting, comedy, juggling, etc) is encouraged to enter

Eligibility

Anyone, of any age, with a talent for performance (song, dance, acting, comedy, juggling, etc) is encouraged to enter

Prizes

Winners will share in $1000 in cash prizes!

Entry

jindy idol 2014 posterThe names of all group members must be included on the entry form. One person per group should nominate to be the point-of-contact, and this person must complete the contact information. Be sure to include the details of your act, e.g., type of act, number of people, and any other relevant details. Feel free to add an additional page as needed.

The entry fees for Jindy Idol are as follows:

  • $20 for individual acts
  • $30 for duos
  • $40 for acts of three or more

Entries close on Friday 12 September. Entry fees are non-refundable.

Entry forms are available at, and can be returned to, the following locations:

  • Cooma School of Music
  • Cooma Visitor Information Centre
  • Design and Detail, Town Centre, Jindabyne
  • Kosciusko First National Real Estate, Nuggets Crossing, Jindabyne
  • Kosciuszko National Park Visitor Information Centre, Jindabyne
  • Snowprint Bookshop, Snowy River Ave., Jindabyne

All contestants must attend a sound check / rehearsal on Friday 19 September at the Jindabyne Memorial Hall from 4 – 7pm

  • Jindy Idol is open to performers of all ages
  • Performances should run for approximately three (3) minutes
  • Every member of the group must be included on the entry form
  • Acts of more than four people are asked to contact the committee for more information
  • Contestants are responsible for supplying their own props and instruments; microphones will be provided; there is a grand piano on-sight
  • Basic sound and lighting will be provided by the organizers
  • All entries are subject to review by the organizers for suitability
  • Jindy Idol is a family event – there will be children present, so design your act accordingly

Entries are limited. First-in, best-dressed, no exceptions.

All proceeds benefit the Tim Draxl Performing Arts Fund,

supporting young performing artists from the Snowy River Shire

Download PDF of Prizes: 2014 ANBC prizes

Download PDF of Entry Form: ENTRY FORM_2014 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL BUSKING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Total Prize Pool $7, approved
700

2014 ANBC prizes

Sponsorship Proposal – Australian National Busking Championships™

 

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There’s opportunities for local businesses, organisations and associations to get involved by:

  1. Taking out a sponsorship package, and/or
  2. As a Venue/Busker Host (details to be released soon)

Please check out the pdf below for more information about sponsorship packages:

ANBC 2014 Sponsorship prospectus

This year’s Australian National Busking Championships™ (ANBC) is a one day event that features buskers performing throughout the Cooma CBD and wrapping up with the Finals Concert in Centennial Park at 5pm on Saturday 1st November.

This year Cooma Rotary Club has taken on Australian National Busking Championships™ as one of their special projects.Rotary 2014Official Logo  MoE_RGB This is a wonderful development for the ANBC because:

  • This “grass-roots”community based event now has official not-for-profit status openning up opportunities for grants.
  • The Cooma Rotary Club can provide “boots on the ground” in the form of volunteers on and before the event.
  • The ANBC can now be promoted through the Rotary Club’s national network and indeed, international networks.

ABC TVThe ABC has taken a special interest in this year’s ANBC. Ginny Stein from the  popular ABC TV program abc southeast“Landline” will be covering the event. Ian Champbell from ABC Southeast Radio has joined us as a media partner and will be doing a live radio broadcast on the day. Peter Crane from Bon Productions is also coming down from Queensland to produce a multi media documentary of the Australian National Busking Championships for our online presence and for TV and radio.

Facebook-Like modern smaller 2We are constantly promoting the ANBC online with daily posts on Facebook and www.coomamusic.com.au. This week we have reached over 7,000 facebook users. We are also working on a new dedicated website for the Australian National Busking Championships

A Worthwhile Community Event:

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From it’s first year the Australian National Busking Championships™ has helped local not-for-profit groups raise money through fund raising activities on the day. Organisations such as the Cooma District Hospital, Cooma Rotary Club, Cooma Railway, 2MNO Community Radio, Cooma Swimming Club, St Patrick’s Parish School, to name a few, have raised thousands of dollars through this event. In fact, the main reason why the Australian National Busking Championships™ came into existance was through the wonderful work of the “Snowy Ride”. The ANBC was orginally conceived to provide entertainmesteven walter children's cancer foundationnt and fun for the 4,000 or so Snowy Riders as they pass through Cooma. Since it’s beginnings in 2001, this annual motorcycle event has raised over $5 million towards childhood cancer research. The Snowy Ride is organized by the Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation. So we, at the Australian National Busking Championships are pleased to support the Snowy Ride. For more information about the Snowy Ride go to:https://www.snowyride.org.au/

The Australian National Busking Championships™ has the unique ability to provide significant benefits to the performers, the venue hosts, local businesses, community organisations and the general public. We hope you can join us in providing this wonderful event for our town. Celebrate with us,  Australia’s rich and diverse music street culture!

IMG_4321_1Best wishes,

Allan Spencer

(Event Organiser)

COOMA SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Shop 2, Parkview Arcade, 123 Sharp Street,
Cooma, NSW 2630
PHONE: 02 6452 6067
FAX: 02 6452 4938

EMAIL: allan@coomamusic.com.au

Music Calendar

STARS_SMAC POSTER 001Saturday 6 September 2014 at 7.30pm

St Pauls’s Anglican Parish Hall, visit 136 Commissioner Street Cooma

Tickets – Available at The Fabric Salon, 42 Vale Street Cooma

Price:

  • $25 Adult
  • $20 Concession
  • $15 Snowy Monaro Arts Council members
  • Children & School Students – free!

Stars Will Come Out This Saturday

In the first item on the Arts Council’s concert programme this Saturday evening, musician Chris Wall will be playing trumpet and piano at the same time. To find out how he achieves this and to appreciate the results, you will need to come along to St Paul’s Anglican Parish Hall for the 7:30pm recital.

This concert, the final Snowy Monaro Arts Council presentation for 2014, is named “Stars” in deference to the rich programme. It includes the title song, “Stars” from ‘Les Miserables’ as well as Albert Arlen’s arrangement of “Clancy of the Overflow” (featuring the lines, “And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended, and at the night the wond’rous glory of the everlasting stars”).

These two pieces are not the only stars to be enjoyed on the night. The three performers Glenyss Allen, Thomas Keenan and Chris Wall are each very accomplished in their instruments – piano, voice and brass respectively.

The programme also showcases well-loved composers and well-loved tunes such as Henry Mancini and Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Tickets for “Stars” are available at The Fabric Salon in Cooma. Admission is $25 for an Adult, $20 for Concession and $15 for Snowy Monaro Arts Council members. Admission is free for children and school students. Of course supper is included in the ticket price.

Contact Glenyss Allen 6452 3561 for further information

“Stars” is proudly presented by Snowy Monaro Arts Council Inc.

Thursday Night Music Club at the Two Vaults Restaurant (across the road from the Alpine Hotel) 7:30 – 9:30. Come down, sovaldi play a few songs or just listen. For more information email Ben Warner at benwarner@hotmail.com (The first one will be on the 11/9/2014.)
Thursday Night Music Club at the Two Vaults Restaurant (across the road from the Alpine Hotel) 7:30 – 9:30. Come down, anabolics
play a few songs or just listen. For more information email Ben Warner at 
benwarner@hotmail.com (The first one will be on the 11/9/2014.)
Thursday Night Music Club at the Two Vaults Restaurant (across the road from the Alpine Hotel) 7:30 – 9:30. Come down, generic play a few songs or just listen. For more information email Ben Warner at benwarner@hotmail.com (The first one will be on the 11/9/2014.)

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL BUSKING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 - Saturday 1st November

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL BUSKING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 – Saturday 1st November

 

 

Thursday Night Music Club – Every Thursday at 7.30pm

STARS_SMAC POSTER 001Saturday 6 September 2014 at 7.30pm

St Pauls’s Anglican Parish Hall, visit 136 Commissioner Street Cooma

Tickets – Available at The Fabric Salon, 42 Vale Street Cooma

Price:

  • $25 Adult
  • $20 Concession
  • $15 Snowy Monaro Arts Council members
  • Children & School Students – free!

Stars Will Come Out This Saturday

In the first item on the Arts Council’s concert programme this Saturday evening, musician Chris Wall will be playing trumpet and piano at the same time. To find out how he achieves this and to appreciate the results, you will need to come along to St Paul’s Anglican Parish Hall for the 7:30pm recital.

This concert, the final Snowy Monaro Arts Council presentation for 2014, is named “Stars” in deference to the rich programme. It includes the title song, “Stars” from ‘Les Miserables’ as well as Albert Arlen’s arrangement of “Clancy of the Overflow” (featuring the lines, “And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended, and at the night the wond’rous glory of the everlasting stars”).

These two pieces are not the only stars to be enjoyed on the night. The three performers Glenyss Allen, Thomas Keenan and Chris Wall are each very accomplished in their instruments – piano, voice and brass respectively.

The programme also showcases well-loved composers and well-loved tunes such as Henry Mancini and Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Tickets for “Stars” are available at The Fabric Salon in Cooma. Admission is $25 for an Adult, $20 for Concession and $15 for Snowy Monaro Arts Council members. Admission is free for children and school students. Of course supper is included in the ticket price.

Contact Glenyss Allen 6452 3561 for further information

“Stars” is proudly presented by Snowy Monaro Arts Council Inc.

Thursday Night Music Club at the Two Vaults Restaurant (across the road from the Alpine Hotel) 7:30 – 9:30. Come down, sovaldi play a few songs or just listen. For more information email Ben Warner at benwarner@hotmail.com (The first one will be on the 11/9/2014.)

“Stars” – SMAC Concert

STARS_SMAC POSTER 001Saturday 6 September 2014 at 7.30pm

St Pauls’s Anglican Parish Hall, buy 136 Commissioner Street Cooma

Tickets – Available at The Fabric Salon, visit this 42 Vale Street Cooma

Price:

  • $25 Adult
  • $20 Concession
  • $15 Snowy Monaro Arts Council members
  • Children & School Students – free!

Stars Will Come Out This Saturday

In the first item on the Arts Council’s concert programme this Saturday evening, viagra sale musician Chris Wall will be playing trumpet and piano at the same time. To find out how he achieves this and to appreciate the results, you will need to come along to St Paul’s Anglican Parish Hall for the 7:30pm recital.

This concert, the final Snowy Monaro Arts Council presentation for 2014, is named “Stars” in deference to the rich programme. It includes the title song, “Stars” from ‘Les Miserables’ as well as Albert Arlen’s arrangement of “Clancy of the Overflow” (featuring the lines, “And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended, and at the night the wond’rous glory of the everlasting stars”).

These two pieces are not the only stars to be enjoyed on the night. The three performers Glenyss Allen, Thomas Keenan and Chris Wall are each very accomplished in their instruments – piano, voice and brass respectively.

The programme also showcases well-loved composers and well-loved tunes such as Henry Mancini and Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Tickets for “Stars” are available at The Fabric Salon in Cooma. Admission is $25 for an Adult, $20 for Concession and $15 for Snowy Monaro Arts Council members. Admission is free for children and school students. Of course supper is included in the ticket price.

Contact Glenyss Allen 6452 3561 for further information

“Stars” is proudly presented by Snowy Monaro Arts Council Inc.