Surround Sound is a band competition for students from secondary schools in rural and remote areas.
Bands must have between 3 and 16 members and may perform covers or originals in any style of contemporary music.
All performers must be students currently enrolled at a NSW public school in Years 7 to 12. No teachers or tutors can perform as part of the band.
Round 1 will be held by video submission.
Schools chosen as finalists will be visited by an industry mentor for a workshop at a time to be negotiated.
Finalists will prepare a 15 minute set for a performance at a live event in Sydney in Term 4. Song choice will be subject to copyright advice. Bands will be supported to travel to Sydney and accommodated for their performance at the final.
Make Music Day is a free celebration of music making around the world, taking place on 21 June each year.
This year Create NSW is offering a unique opportunity for schools who enter the Surround Sound competition to be a part of Make Music Day celebrations through the Make Music Day prize draw.
Schools only need to complete this form once. Audition videos from multiple bands can be submitted from each school once this form has been completed.
Prepare your video submission.
Upload your video to an online platform, such as YouTube, Vimeo or Google docs link.
Ensure the settings on your URL are set to allow the panel to view it.
Email your URL video link to email@example.com with the following information: Name of band/ensemble
Name of audition piece (please also indicate if it is a cover or an original song)
Years represented by students involved in the band/ensemble
Closing date for audition video submissions: Friday 11 June 2021 (Term 2 Week 8).
In Round 1, bands will be judged on:
Finalists will be judged on the same criteria as above, as well as their ability to engage an audience.
Watch the video as students from Mulwaree High School talk about their band M Funk.