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AHA Newcastle Hunter launch Paul Woseen Memorial Music Grant

AHA Newcastle Hunter is paying tribute to the late Paul Woseen, founding member and bassist of the Screaming Jets, with a groundbreaking new music grant.

The AHA Newcastle Hunter – Paul Woseen Memorial Music Grant is not only a homage to Woseen’s legacy but also a significant support system for local artists in Newcastle.

Woseen’s influence on the Australian rock scene spans over three decades, and his contributions as a songwriter have left an indelible mark. With iconic hits like Helping Hand under his belt, Woseen’s impact on music is undeniable. Now, this grant aims to carry forward his spirit by providing unparalleled support to emerging talents.

“The Screaming Jets are undoubtedly one of Newcastle’s most iconic bands and Paul’s contribution to the musical landscape of this city is without question, both within his role in The Screaming Jets and as a solo artist,” AHA Newcastle Hunter President, Mick Starkey said.

“Newcastle has always been synonymous with nurturing original artists and hosting fantastic local acts in our live music venues. We want to make sure that continues to be the case.

“We believe this grant will offer stepping stones and create a support network that can truly launch the career of its annual recipient.”

The grant program will offer an annual recipient $5,000 cash as well as the chance to record and produce an original single at Hunter TAFE’s $2-million-dollar studio, hold an official single launch event with a dedicated publicist, and receive mentor sessions with industry professionals.

To be eligible for the grant, applicants must be over 18 years old and reside within the Greater Newcastle Area, encompassing regions like Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, and Port Stephens.

Applications for the Paul Woseen Memorial Music Grant open on Friday, 23 February 2024, and will close on Thursday, 4 April 2024. Visit the AHA Newcastle Hunter website to find out more.