Kian West, Co-Founder of Newcastle Mirage and Founder and Digital Marketing Specialist of Oasis Social Media, has been appointed Project Manager for EAO Entertainment’s Tip Jar Project.
The Tip Jar Project is an innovative approach to inspiring hit songs has the backing of Newcastle Council’s economic development sponsorship program, which is again offering a total of $100,000 for projects in 2017/18.
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.
It 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.
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said it is a fine example of the city’s economic development sponsorships and is a stride toward becoming a smart city.
“It matches the city’s fine musical heritage with Newcastle’s re-invention as an innovation centre and shows how council rolls out support each year through economic development sponsorships,” Nuatali said.
Kian said he is looking forward to launching the project.
“Tip Jar will connect the inner-city business district with our large musical creative community in Newcastle and create opportunities for these groups to work together as well as looking long term to export more of our creative talent pool internationally to further the interests of being this smart city hub,” Kian said.
Tip Jar is currently seeking sponsorship expressions of interest and will then launch the project’s website in June.
Everyone will be able to submit songs to the contest during July, with judging throughout August and an Awards event planned for September.
Tip Jar will have a public voted ’Best Song’ category, a judge’s panel selected ‘Favourite’ along with venue selections from a variety of Newcastle venues.
IMAGE | Kian West has been appointed Project Manager for Tip Jar Project.