Posted on 13. Aug, 2010 in Victoria

Young musicians from Cheltenham have shared in $25,000 in prizes as part of a Victorian Government boost to help young artists forge a career in the music industry.

Youth Affairs Minister James Merlino said local band Rise Electric were awarded second prize in the Victoria Rocks – Get Equipped competition in South Yarra today.

“The Brumby Labor Government is committed to nurturing Victorian talent and supporting musicians to kick-start their careers and develop their artistic talents,” Mr Merlino said.
Get Equipped gives young people access to top quality music equipment and provides them with greater opportunities to develop their skills and establish a career in the music industry.

“These young Cheltenham artists stood out among more than 70 competition entries to really impress our expert panel of judges – I congratulate them and look forward to following their progress over the coming months.”

Mr Merlino said the Get Equipped competition was open to Victorians aged between 15 and 21, who were required to submit a short performance of an original or cover song. The entries were split into five categories, with three prizes available in each group.

Get Equipped is the latest addition to the Victorian Government’s four-year $7.1 million Victoria Rocks initiative, which encourages young people to develop a career in the music industry.

Rise Electric – with their original song ‘Get Out’ – won a second prize pack including a $1500 music equipment voucher and promotion to the music industry. They will also have their music videos promoted on youthcentral, the Victorian Government’s official website for young people.

The rock band intends to use the voucher to purchase equipment which its members currently have to rent. The group of 16 to 17-year-olds have been performing in and around Melbourne as well as playing pro-bono gigs at high schools.

“The Get Equipped competition unearthed a wealth of talent in Victoria and our panel of eight expert music industry judges had a tough time selecting the top 15 entries,” Mr Merlino said.

Member for Mordialloc Janice Munt congratulated Rise Electric on their winning effort.

Get Equipped provides artists with a great opportunity to showcase their talents and purchase new music equipment that could help them realise their dreams,” Ms Munt said.

“This is a great result for the Cheltenham and Bayside music community and I congratulate Rise Electric on their success – they have a bright future ahead of them in the music industry.”

Mr Merlino said winners of the Get Equipped competition received music vouchers to Allans Music and Billy Hyde as well as professional coaching and development. They included:

First Prize – $3000 music equipment voucher, promotion in the music industry and a three-hour song coaching and artist development session from a recognised industry professional.

  • Sophia Katos – Newtown (Pop);
  • Eilish Gilligan – Wattle Glen (Pop);
  • 8 Bit Love – Prahran (Rock);
  • Almacknjack – Anglesea (Rock); and
  • Boxty – Moonee Ponds (Folk/Country).


Second Prize – $1500 music equipment voucher and promotion in the music industry.

  • Rise Electric – Cheltenham (Rock);
  • Sweethearts Geelong (Pop);
  • Sudi Boiz – Tarneit (Hip Hop);
  • Fierce – Ballarat (Pop); and
  • Any Last Words – Heathmont (Hardcore).


Third Prize – $500 music equipment voucher.

  • The Houses’ – Belmont (Pop);
  • Celadore – Montrose (Rock);
  • Tristan Barr  – Essendon (Folk/Country);
  • Taylor Sheridan – Kyneton (Pop); and
  • Chad’s Band – Mooroopna (Rock).


All winners will also have their music videos promoted on youthcentral, the Victorian Government’s official website for young people.

Get Equipped is one of many Victorian Government initiatives aimed at nurturing the musical abilities of young Victorians, providing a platform for young artists aged 15 to 21 to establish a successful career in the music industry,” Mr Merlino said.

For more information and to see the winning submissions go to

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