Our Backyard is an opportunity for local songwriters like you to tell stories about our ‘backyard’ – our local landscape, culture, people, history etc. It’s a chance to develop your craft, gaining exposure and lifting your profile within the local community.
Funded through the Federal Government’s Contemporary Music Touring Program, Our
Backyard is an initiative of Chloe Hall – a successful songwriter, and experienced touring
musician – to promote songwriting as a form of expression, encourage local songwriters and discover each region’s local voice.
Where did the idea come from? Last year, Chloe played a 40-date theatre tour of the UK, launching her fourth album, Outside. As part of that tour, she teamed up with local BBC stations to run a talent search to discover unsigned artists from each area. It was such a rewarding experience, that she has brought the idea home – this time focussing on local songwriters and their stories.
In September, Chloe will be returning from the UK with her new project ‘Chloe & Silas’, to embark on a national regional tour, supporting the release of her fifth album, and debut with Silas – Spring Hill. As part of this extensive tour, the duo will be performing in NSW, VIC, SA, NT and QLD.
The purpose of Our Backyard is to give local artists a leg-up. It’s a chance to workshop your songs, perform in a supportive venue and receive local radio support, giving you exposure to a new audience and lifting your profile within the local community.
How does it work, and what do you receive? All you need to do is submit a song you have written about your ‘backyard’ – your town, your community, your life – for the chance to receive:
• Airplay and/or a live-to-air interview on local radio
• A songwriting workshop with Chloe Hall
• The opportunity to play the opening set at the Chloe & Silas show in your area
Our Backyard is a chance to develop your craft, perform your original material in front of a listening audience, meet and learn from professional touring musicians and tell your story – gaining media exposure and lifting your profile within your community. Our Backyard is a grass-roots, community-focussed project to help get your story heard.
For some fantastic videos and all about Chloe and Silas drop in to Chloes website www.chloehall.com.au