Aspiring songwriters, Liv Cartledge from St Kilda, VIC and Rhiannon Atkinson-Howatt aka Merpire from Redfern, NSW have been announced as this year’s Telstra Road to Discovery winners. Judged by some of Australia’s leading music experts including alt-pop maestro and 2014 ARIA nominee, Andy Bull, Sony/ATV & Affinity Music Group, Adam ‘Weez’ Booth and Mushroom Music’s Creative Manager, Bill Page, the winners were announced on stage at the Telstra Theatre.
Liv Cartledge and Merpire were each awarded a $15,000 music development package, a return trip to the United States to perform at the Americana Music Festival, mentoring with Australia’s leading industry professionals, local gigs and ongoing education and support to kick-start their career.
The Telstra Road to Discovery program has been committed to developing Australia’s music community through music education, mentorship and ongoing support for 13 years.
Another big winner on the night was Mackay, QLD’s Will Anderson who won $1000 after being announced as the 2015 People’s Choice.
The winners were among an exceptionally talented list of finalists, including Ciaram Granger, Ryan Nebauer AKA Neighbour and Sydnee Carter.
For more information, visit telstra.com/trtd