Building on a long history of supporting new music talent, Directors of the Gympie Music Muster are proud to announce the introduction of the inaugural Emerging Talent Showcase, which is a platform to recognise and nurture upcoming independent artists and give them the chance to win newfound fans and industry recognition.

Held over the four days of the Muster (25-28 August), the Emerging Talent Showcase series will feature 30 promising young artists who have been carefully selected through online applications. Performances will be scheduled each day in the iconic Muster Club venue with 8 artists per session, each performing for 15 minutes. An established artist who has risen through the ranks to achieve industry success will close each session with a special performance to inspire the next generation of talent.

Click here to view the Muster Emerging Talent Showcase 2016 full artist list



Last year’s Talent Search winner Sam Maddison

The showcase sessions will aim to present the cream of aspiring young performers to country music aficionados as well as industry professionals. These entrants have been chosen from various platforms including the iconic Muster Talent Search competition, regional talent competition winners, school students - including Australian Institute of Country Music (AICM) and CMAA (Country Music Association) students and recommendations from music festival programmers around the country.

Gympie Music Muster Program Director, Jeff Chandler commented on the initiative saying, “As someone who has worked for many years in the music industry by discovering and developing unknown talent, I can’t overstate the importance of such an opportunity for aspiring artists. While talent competitions are key for those who are just entering the music industry, it is showcases such as this that can often provide the ‘break’ that can be a pivotal career moment for a young artist.”

As part of the Muster’s 35th Anniversary Celebrations this year’s spotlight will highlight the best new raw talent to forge another 35 years of musical excellence. Artists will have the opportunity to reach the next level of their musical journey as the Emerging Talent Showcase helps them scale new heights into career stardom.