On Song

On Song


On Song provided primary and secondary school songwriters in regional areas of Queensland the opportunity to develop and showcase their talent and skills. Five talented young acts had been chosen for a unique workshop and performance experience to help them learn the ropes of the industry and find their voice as singer-songwriters.


A massive congratulations to our successful participants, who were chosen from a pool of very talented aspiring singer-songwriters from regional Queensland.

  • Bo-min Weon, Cairns
  • Lachlan Lamont, Innisfail
  • Kasey O’Donoghue, Charters Towers
  • Harrison Kent & Cecilia McPhee, Longreach
  • Kayla Conyers, Townsville

The successful entrants had the chance to participate in the On Song program, including:

  • A mentorship with Australian musician Jack Carty, including two Skype workshops and a two-day songwriting intensive workshop in July in each finalist’s hometown.
  • At the end of each two-day workshop, a concert was presented in the finalist’s home town to premiere the new material written by the young artist, alongside local school ensembles, plus Jack Carty performing a set of his own fantastic songs.
  • To help the young songwriters continue to capture and share their music with the world, each finalist also received a RØDE NT-USB Microphone.
  • A huge opportunity to perform with Jack Carty at QPAC in Brisbane was also be awarded to two of the finalists. Queensland Music Festival covered the costs of flights and accommodation for each performer and a guardian to travel to and from Brisbane in July for the performance.



Jack Carty is a truly gifted songsmith and recipient of the biennial APRA Professional Development Award. Over the past year, Carty has toured nationally with Darren Hanlon, Ingrid Michaelson and good friend Josh Pyke; performed his own hugely successful run of shows; and undertaken two tours in the UK and Europe, taking in cities from Brighton to Berlin, and Spain’s famous Primavera Sound Festival. In 2017 Carty will tour Australia and New Zealand to celebrate the release of his newest album, Home State.

Jack Carty also grew up in a small regional town called Bellingen in NSW and understands the challenges and lack of opportunities for young songwriters living in regional areas.


  • Entrants must be enrolled school students (P– 12) attending primary or secondary school in regional or remote Queensland (This excludes Brisbane City, Redland City, Logan City, Ipswich City, Gold Coast City, Moreton Bay Regional, Sunshine Coast Regional and Noosa Shire). Check here to see which shire you are located in.
  • Applicants agree to allow QMF to publicise each winner’s name and town, and publish photography, video/audio recordings of each finalist’s home town and Brisbane performance (if relevant).
  • If selected to perform at the Brisbane QPAC show, songwriters must be available to travel to Brisbane with a guardian on Friday 28 July, 2017.
  • For finalist duos, both participants will be involved in the mentorship and performance experience and, if selected, both participants will receive paid travel and accommodation for the Brisbane performance

On Song was presented by Queensland Music Festival and Brisbane City Council


Major partners


Silver partner

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This project had received support from the Queensland Government through the Playing Queensland Fund, and has also been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Entries closed

Catch two finalists and Jack Carty at Green Jam, QPAC on 28 July 2017

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