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27 September 2016

The Australia Council for the Arts is offering a three-month residency in America's music heartland, Nashville, Tennessee.

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Taking place between June and November 2017, the residency will allow an Australian songwriter to immerse themselves in the Nashville music scene for a concentrated period of time, working with acclaimed producer Mark Moffatt.

An Australian based in Nashville, Moffatt has previously been Director of Artist Development/House Producer at Festival Records, and Director of A & R at Ten Ten Records. His work has achieved chart success in Australia, the UK and Europe, and has been nominated for a Grammy in the USA. Moffat's production credits include Keith Urban, The Saints, Youth Yindi, the Divinyls, Neil and Tim Finn, Ross Wilson, Slim Dusty and many more.

Tailored to the needs of the successful resident. The residency enables songwriters to:

*             Develop their writing skills;

*             Build creative and business networks; and

*             Connect with other artists to co-write and collaborate.

The residency aims to introduce the resident to the creative and business community in Nashville, and where possible, to create opportunities for the recipient to engage in songwriting, recording, showcasing, publicity and industry networking.

Nashville hosts the highest concentration of music businesses of any American city. Although historically the home of country music, it is now a key music writing, recording and touring hub for many styles of music, including R&B, blues, folk, hip hop, indie rock, roots, alt country, punk, metal and pop.

A grant of $15,000 will support the successful applicant with travel, accommodation and living costs.

Applications for the Nashville residency close on Tuesday 4 October.

Visit the Australia Council for details