news All Campuses DIARY stuDent pRofIle Student Profile Enquire Now: Enrolments open for 2010 March course intake. Phone your local campus for a tour of our facilities. Call Student Recruitment Name: Max White and Admissions: Sydney (02) 9281 8899, Brisbane (07) 3846 5166 or Melbourne Second year Entertainment Business (03) 9696 4117. Melbourne applicants Management student must first apply through VTAC. What aspects of the EBM course are you most enjoying? Available Now: Applications available at all campuses for The assignments this semester, particularly the 10-date Australian 2010 JMC Academy student Academic tour schedule and budget. This assignment provides an excellent Scholarships. Phone your local campus simulation of how an aspiring band manager would apply or jump on-line for an information pack concept, logic and rationale to taking an act across the country. and application form. Applications for 2010 Scholarships close at 5.00pm EST What work are you currently involved in outside of your on Friday 4 December 2009. studies at the JMC Academy? For the past two months I have worked as the Assistant Prize Director for The Australian Music Sydney ACADeMY Prize (The Amp) 2009. I work for Scott Murphy, the founder of the organisation. Fouder of Mushroom Distribution Services and 2 November First years students perform at CEO of Zomba Records, Scott has most recently pioneered a Civic Hotel, 7.00 – 11.00pm. remarkable new album format called DDA’s (D: Net Digital Album). 4 November Second years students perform at Issue 31 | Spring 2009 I am also involved in writing songs and play violin and guitar, and Candy’s Apartment, 7.00 – 11.00pm. sing in numerous bands. 17 November Sydney end of year Showcase and What is the AMP? Based on England’s Mercury Prize, the Amp Awards Night. Enmore Theatre, Sydney. is an amazing initiative for Australian music. The Amp is open for applications from 1 October so any recording artist reading Melbourne this visit www.australianmusicprize.com.au for details, and you 9 November Second year students perform at Central could win $30,000, not to mention a full cream dose of publicity! Club Hotel, 293 Swan Street, Richmond. How did you find out about the role at The AMP? David (Hunt) Tickets available at the door. who was my lecturer at JMC recommended me to Scott and 16 November First year students perform at Central advised me to put my resume together and attend an interview. Club Hotel, 293 Swan Street, Richmond. What does your job entail? Mostly, it involves professional Tickets available at the door. communication. I write press releases, sponsorship proposals 24 November Melbourne end of year Showcase and and graphic design briefs. When the prize is open I will be Awards Night. Forum Theatre, Melbourne. processing the applications and seeing that the music is distributed to all twenty five judges. 25 November JMC Academy Student Short Film Festival – Martini Awards. 4.00pm. How does studying EBM at JMC Academy help you in this Sun Theatre, 8 Ballarat Street, Yarraville role? My job involves a lot of organisation and professional VIC. Tickets $7.00 – available from writing; skills I am developing as we work through the Melbourne campus reception or (03) 9696 comprehensive syllabus and practical assessments. 4117. Open to general public, students I believe you are currently involved in coordinating the JMC and friends. Academy’s Melbourne Showcase? Yes, I have been appointed ‘Production Manager’. In this role I have to oversee weekly Brisbane meetings, make and adhere to an endless series of check lists 22 October 6.30pm: Barsoma, Fast-track students and ensure the smooth running of the show on the night. perform. Mickey Pye (centre) with Killin’ Time band members and Ted Middleton of Maton Guitars (second from right). What are your own personal career goals following 22 October 7.30pm: Barsoma, Showcase auditions; Muster and Music Festival win for Mickey Pye graduation? I want to work hard and go where life takes me. I Brisbane campus students battle it out for live by something of an epicurean philosophy, where “he who is Showcase appearance. happy with the least is happiest of all”. As long as I have a home, 11 November Brisbane end of year Showcase and my violin, the people I love, and know where my next meal is Awards Night. Tivoli 52 Costin Street, Exceptionally talented and inspiringly driven second year Mickey says [of his time at the college], “I most enjoyed coming from, then I will continue to consider myself one of the Fortitude Valley. Popular Music and Performance student, and inaugural working with producer and former Ted Mulry Gang drummer, luckiest people who ever lived. scholarship winner, Michael Pye (‘Mickey Pye’) has claimed a Herm Kovak, who helped me work on one of my original prize at two of Australia’s most renowned country music festivals compositions.” – the Gympie Muster and the Tamworth Country Music Festival. This opportunity was closely followed that same month Before launching into second year studies at the JMC Academy, by Mickey Pye’s title win of the coveted Aristocrat Country Sydney 41 Holt Street Surry Hills NSW 2010 | P 02 9281 8899 | F 02 9212 4801 2009 kicked off for Mickey with a two week session in January Entertainer of the Year at this year’s Tamworth Country Music studying at the CMAA College of Country Music in Tamworth. Festival. After winning his heat, Mickey beat 15 other finalists Melbourne 171 Bank Street South Melbourne VIC 3205 | P 03 9696 4117 | F 03 9696 2520 Here, Mickey spent his time working with artists Travis Collins, where won with an original composition entitled Hey John and Brisbane 75 Grey Street South Brisbane QLD 4101 | P 07 3846 5166 | F 07 3846 3435 Jim Haynes and Merylen Carter, Adam Harvey, Troy Cassar Brooks and Dunn’s Play Something Country. > Daley and the Sunny Cowgirls. www.jmcacademy.edu.au In August, Mickey also won the Maton Talent Search at the Whilst the sources for the material contained within this newsletter are considered reliable, responsibility is not accepted for any inaccuracies, errors or omissions. As such, the JMC Academy is in no way liable for any loss, damage or expense connected to the use of or reliance upon information, opinions, recommendations, views or comments contained within this newsletter or provided through associated contacts. Gympie Muster. An entrant in the modern country section, Mickey won his heat amongst 120 competitors, making it through to the semi finals where he was judged by Sony Music and Maton Guitar As JMC Academy’s 2008 inaugural Popular Music and Performance scholarship winner for 2008, Mickey moved to Sydney with the intention of broadening his music repertoire and Pilot Study representatives. exploring other music genres. “It wasn’t until I actually moved away Sydney Film and Television Production lecturer In the finals, Mickey competed against two others, only to be from home and away from Oberon, that I in fact realised how deep David Summons, recently invited his students my connection to Country Music and my rural upbringing was”, to the filming of a series of pilots for Granada crowned winner with the three songs he performed – an original Mickey says. “It reinforced my decision to stay on the Country composition entitled Keeps Me Alive, Brad Paisley’s Easy Money Music path. I guess the ‘big city’ influence and everything I have Television Australia and the 7 Network. and Brooks and Dunn’s Play Something Country. learnt to date at the JMC Academy has enabled me to skilfully Signing of a stringent release by all involved, prevents us from Mickey attributes his success to his ability to write his own songs, intertwine this traditional genre with a rock influence.” knowing anything more than the pilot was for a new comedy play guitar and sing. “I guess the judges were looking for a As the Gympie Muster dust settles, Mickey now has his sights set involving a host and three guests. The pilot was made at Foxtel’s complete package as well as for general appeal and marketability”. on the Toyota Star Maker competition. This annual competition Studios in Ryde. Mickey’s most recent prizes include a Maton guitar valued at is a search for the nation’s most significant, most successful and AN INVITATION TO ATTEND THE As Director of the pilot, David is essentially responsible for the almost $3,000, a gig at the West Tamworth Leagues Club at the influential new talent event in country music. The competition visualisation of the producer’s brief, organisation of the set, 2010 Tamworth Country Music Festival, an Akubra Hat and a centre has been responsible for giving Australia many of today’s www.jmcacademy.edu.au rehearsals for the talent-host, organisation of the production stage opening at next year’s Gympie Muster. Sydney winners include Keith Urban, Lee major country stars. Previous41 Holt Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010 Australia P +61 2 9281 8899 and for calling all the shots. Basically, his role is imperative in By far Mickey’s biggest prize is an all expenses trip to Canada Melbourne 171 Jeffreys, Darren Coggan and James Kernaghan, Beccy Cole, Gina Bank Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205 Australia P +61 3 9696 4117 bringing the producers idea to screen. JMC Academy students Brisbane 75 Grey Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101 P +61 7 3846 5166 to represent Australia and perform at the 2010 Merritt Mountain Blundell. appreciated witnessing first-hand the coordination and intricacies Festival. “I am excited about contributing to placing Australia’s “Winning a competition of that calibre would give me an enormous that a role of this caliber demands. Country Music talent on the map. This is a genre of music that is growing in both size and popularity and I believe we have the talent to compete on the world stage”, says Mickey. career boost” says Mickey. Prizes for the competition include an album recording contract with Compass Brothers Records, distribution and promotion of tracks to radio and other media, Bookings essential. When asked about how Mickey describes his own style, he laughs and says definitively that his music is “country with a good touch of production of a professional video clip of one of the tracks by an award winning director and extensive media promotion. Limited places. rock”. Inspired by artists such as Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Bryan Beyond that, the sky’s the limit for Mickey who plans to tour Adams, Elvis Presley, and singer-songwriter, record producer, and Ever wondered what it is like to study at the JMC Nashville next year when he travels to Canada for the Merritt actor Toby Keith, Michael says Country Music is evolving to reflect Mountain Festival. Five years ago Mickey graduated from St. Academy? Do you want to know what it really the developing taste and lifestyle of a new generation of music Joseph’s Oberon listing his career goal as “to win a golden guitar.” takes to put on a spectacular performance? enthusiasts. What probably wasn’t taken very seriously back then suddenly doesn’t sound so funny anymore. Then come along to the upcoming JMC Academy “Today’s music lovers want it all, good rhythm, a beat they can matinee showcase. The matinee performance is dance to and lyrics they can relate to. Most of all, they want to To listen to Mickey’s music, or to find out more about him visit dedicated to High School students, teachers and friends. listen to something fun. Country music has to encompass broader www.myspace.com/mickeypye. concepts beyond messages about lost love and landscapes, for The Showcase is a live performance jam-packed with broader appeal and acceptance”, says Mickey. For information on how you can help a diverse and highly entertaining repertoire of bands, boost Michael’s popularity and animated short-films, student television commercials, Just R Growing up in rural Oberon, Mickey explains where his love for JMC ACADeMY recognition, please log onto and documentaries. Following the performance, students elease country music came from. “I grew up on the land with horses, www.jmcacademy.edu.au will have an opportunity to speak with current JMC d trucks, rodeo and a lot of Slim Dusty. I guess I’ve lived the country Inter fIlM festIVAl & and read the story below. life so I can relate to the music and it excites me. I learnt to play the view Academy students, lecturers and staff. o nA with guitar around the campfire when I was nine years old. By the time BC C ic M Matinee tickets are available to individuals or school ountr key MARtInI AwARDs I was thirteen I was playing in pubs. I think every band needs to do http:/ /abcc groups by phoning Melbourne (03) 9696 4117 or their time on the pub circuit, it toughens you up.” mick ountry.n ey-py e y. Sydney (02) 9281 8899. Book early to avoid missing e-stu t.au/featu dio-s essio res/ out as tickets are already selling fast! Brisbane will hold n an evening performance. To book for this performance phone (07) 3846 5166. On the 25 November, JMC Academy’s Melbourne Digital Film and Television Production students, will take over the Sun Theatre Vote #1 Melbourne: to battle it out for the prestigious Martini awards. The best of this year’s student projects, that includes a selection of first year Date Tuesday 24 November documentaries, and second year short films will be screened. The Venue Forum Theatre,154 Flinders Street, Melbourne trailers for third year student feature films, and works by Digital Time 12:00pm sharp Media and 3D Animation students will also covet the big screen. Cost $5.00 An award title awaits contenders in the following categories: Sydney: best editing, cinematography, directing, and best short film, best Mickey pye’s Got the feeling Date Tuesday 17 November Venue Enmore Theatre, 118-132 Enmore Road, documentary and third year project. Winning entries will be judged by an industry panel consisting of Newtown Tim Isaacson, Salik Silverstein, Louis Puli and Paul Kooperman. Recently, JMC Academy’s Digital Television Production department Time 12:00pm sharp We hope to see as many students as possible, from all created a music video clip for Mickey Pye’s award winning original song Cost $5.00 departments, make their way to the Sun Theatre to support the entitled Got the Feeling. The song and clip has been accepted by Foxtel’s Country Music Channel and will be played on rotation by My Country students. Guests, family and friends are more than welcome. Brisbane: Evening Performance only CMC by Request. You have the ability to request Mickey’s song by When: 4.00pm Wednesday 25 November logging onto www.countrymusicchannel.com.au/cmc/Requests.aspx Date Wednesday 11 November Where: Sun Theatre, 8 Ballarat Street, Yarraville VIC Venue Tivoli Theatre, 52 Costin Street, Fortitude Valley The more times his song is requested the more times it is aired, the higher Who: Open to general public, students, teachers and friends Time 7:30pm up the charts it goes and the closer he gets to Country Music stardom. Cost: $7.00. Tickets available through JMC Academy Cost $10.00 for Students reception, phone (03) 9696 4117.