Youth Rockin’ the Black Dog is back for 2014

The 2014 Youth Rockin’ the Black Dog music competition kicked off in style last night at the grand final event of MindPlay at the Hunter Theatre.

On hand to entertain and inspire the crowd was last years winner, James Osbourn. James brought the event alive playing some new original material that had the audience wanting more.

Registration to the competition is now open for 12-25 year olds living in the Hunter and surrounding region and entry is completely free.

Youth Rockin’ the Black Dog is a music competition designed to raise awareness of youth mental health issues among young people in the Hunter and surrounding regions.The competition encourages young people to get thinking and talking about mental health issues with friends, family and networks and aims to promote a range of local and national services available to support young people.

Youth Rockin’ the Black Dog is managed by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health in partnership with headspace Maitland and headspace Newcastle, along with support from the local Newcastle music industry and business sectors.

Youth Rockin’ the Black Dog 2014 will be the fifth year running for Youth Rockin’ the Black Dog, after a successful inaugural year in 2010. Bands register to compete in live heats throughout September in a lead up to a Grand Final event held in October (NSW Mental Health Month).

Musical acts compete in front of a panel of music industry representatives, vying for a place in the Grand Final event. Grand finalists compete for a range of prizes including a 3-track EP recording package and a festival spot such as at Fat As Butter.

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