ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN!

It’s all about the song…


Competitions like Tip Jar were a huge part of the initial success of silverchair back when we were starting out.

We got our big break in ‘94 when we won a national demo competition conducted by SBS TV show Nomad and ABC radio station, Triple J.

Community projects like this really give talented artists a leg-up into a very competitive industry and I’m really excited to hear what local songwriters are producing at the moment. I’d love to see another band or act come out of Newy and break the international circuit.

– Chris Johannou, Bassist in silverchair & Tip Jar Ambassador .



ABOUT


WHAT

A SONGWRITTING COMPETITON

TIP JAR is a songwriting competition for the city of Newcastle with an awards ceremony and a variety of events in partnership with local venues to celebrate local musicians as well as the diversity of talent this city has to offer.

WHEN

AUGUST – NOVEMBER 2017

You can enter songs written just by yourself or within a song writing collaboration. Record at home with your own gear or in a local studio. The competition is about great songs, it’s not about the instrumentation or overly produced recordings. The competition is open to unpublished and unreleased songs written in the last 12 month by unsigned artists from the Newcastle, Hunter Valley and Lake Macquarie regions.

WHY

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SONG!

TIP JAR is a community and business driven initiative designed to highlight the vibrancy and talent of the local music scene to grow opportunities for, and recognition of, the industry and individuals who play such an important role in our cultural and economic life through their music.


HOW TO GET INVOLVED


ENTER

ENTRIES OPEN 1 AUGUST

The competition is open to unpublished and unreleased songs written in the last 12 month by unsigned artists from the Newcastle, Hunter Valley and Lake Macquarie regions.

LISTEN

START LISTENING 1 OCTOBER

Take some time to listen to a wide range of entries before casting your vote. Songwriters will be uploading their entries from 1 August and you can start listening and voting on 1 October. Voting closes on 1 November.

VOTE

VOTING CLOSES 1 NOVEMBER

Through October you will be able to vote for your favourite song. The winner of the public vote in Tip Jar 2017 will receive a prize pack valued at over $10,000.



PRIZES

A PRIZE POOL WORTH OVER $20,000!

Thanks to our presenting partners and sponsors.

PUBLIC VOTE

TOTAL PRIZE VALUE OVER $10,000
Voting opens to the public 1 October


  • Connector.

    10 hours recording time working with award winning engineers & producers

    Thanks to TAFE NSW.

  • Connector.

    Artist promotion including media appearances & advertising

    Thanks to Newcastle Live & Newcastle Mirage

  • Connector.

    Marketing collateral & press pack including photography, video & design

    Thanks to EAO Entertainment & Sawtooth Studios Newcastle

  • Connector.

    Industry masterclasses on publishing deals and getting your song heard by the right people

    Thanks to Source Music

INDUSTRY VOTE

TOTAL PRIZE VALUE OVER $10,000
Announced during our Tip Jar awards party


  • Connector.

    10 hours recording time working with award winning engineers & producers

    Thanks to TAFE NSW.

  • Connector.

    Artist promotion including media appearances & advertising

    Thanks to Newcastle Live & Newcastle Mirage

  • Connector.

    Marketing collateral & press pack including photography, video & design

    Thanks to EAO Entertainment & Sawtooth Studios Newcastle

  • Connector.

    Industry masterclasses on publishing deals and getting your song heard by the right people

    Thanks to Source Music


SPONSORS

Tip Jar would not be possible without our presenting partners and sponsors.