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Muster and Music Festival win for Mickey Pye


Muster and Music Festival win for Mickey Pye

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                                               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

    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
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    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 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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In August, Mickey also won the Maton Talent Search at the

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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
                                                                                                                                                                                                            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
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

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                                                                             recognition, please log onto                                                                    and documentaries. Following the performance, students
country music came from. “I grew up on the land with horses,
                                                                                                                                              will have an opportunity to speak with current JMC
trucks, rodeo and a lot of Slim Dusty. I guess I’ve lived the country
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life so I can relate to the music and it excites me. I learnt to play the                                                       view                                         Academy students, lecturers and staff.
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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
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                                                                                                                                                  y.                         Sydney (02) 9281 8899. Book early to avoid missing
                                                                                                                                              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

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                                                                                                                                                                             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                                             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.

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