(Main photo, Act Belong Commit Fairbridge Festival Quest Patron Carla Geneve – Photo by Valentine Girardot)
With entries due to close on 28 February, young songwriters across Western Australia are currently busy getting their entries ready for the Act Belong Commit Fairbridge Festival Quest (the Quest) youth song writing competition.
If you’re a budding song writer between the ages of 12 and 18 years, and you haven’t got your entry in yet, it’s not too late.
Open to songwriters aged between the ages of 12 and 18 years, the Quest has been a launchpad for the careers of the likes of Carla Geneve, who won the competition in 2015 and returns as this year’s Patron.
Speaking about the Quest, Geneve said, “It connected me with so many other songwriters my age making great music. It pushed me to share my music and get important feedback which gave me the confidence to keep writing and keep playing. The Quest came at a time for me that was quite pivotal as I started to perform in Perth — I’m originally from Albany — it connected me with people here in a social way that ultimately lead to so many opportunities for work and playing music for the love of it. I’d love to continue to be a part of that for other people, as it did so much for me.”
Julie Fedele, Quest Manager, recognised the universal language of music and its impact on human existence, saying that, “Music provides a way for us to connect with each other and to make meaning out of individual and collective experiences, which helps us understand our world and process our emotions. The Act Belong Commit Fairbridge Festival Quest recognises that music, along with all art forms, can play a vital role in supporting our wellbeing as individuals and as a society. This is particularly relevant in today’s society, where we are currently witnessing a global crisis and a shift in thinking is taking place, which for most of us has involved a lot of emotional processing.”
As well as launching careers, the Quest is about uniting people through a common cultural experience and providing an opportunity to find purpose and meaning through music. Either way you look at it, music is powerful stuff and you won’t find a better place and event on Earth to experience that than at the Fairbridge Festival, with the Quest as an increasingly integral part of the festival’s vibe.
“Music is a universal medium,” said Quest Patron, Carla Geneve, “which encompasses something that anyone can be involved with, either listening or creating. It is also something that brings people together, whether in a crowd, in a room, or online. To me it is a pure form of human connection.”
Alongside Patron, Carla Geneve, the Quest team have assembled an incredible array of talented West Aussie musicians to nurture potential competition entrants at Quest workshops across the state. One of those, Kat Wilson, said of her involvement, “It’s been such an honour and a pleasure to be able to be involved in the Quest. As a musician, I know how important it is to have an opportunity to get to know people in the industry and to collaborate in the creative process. There is some amazing talent coming out of Western Australia right now and it’s been really heart-warming to be able to play a small part in nurturing the next generation of song writers.”
If you’re a budding song writer between the ages of 12 and 18 years, and you haven’t got your entry in yet, it’s not too late. Entries for the Act Belong Commit Fairbridge Festival Quest close on 28 February with the final to be held on Saturday 10 April at Fairbridge Festival.
An awesome prize package awaits the winners, including performances at Fairbridge Festival 2022 and Denmark Festival of Voice 2021, a recording session and photo shoot, WA Music Industry Association (WAM) Song of the Year entry, tickets to WAMCon and industry mentoring opportunities.