Connecting Song Project 2019 Expression of Interest – Apply Now!.

Posted 6 September 2018



Write and record a song….create a clip

Connecting Song is an inspiring place-based songwriting opportunity like no other.  Three unsigned music acts will be selected to work with one of three outstanding mentors who are also from the Geelong region.


Each selected artist will choose a Geelong locality such as the You Yangs, the industrial north, city centre, farmland or coast.  The three selected music acts – solo artists, bands etc – each write a song.  Each song will then be recorded at Oxygen College’s Don’t Poke The Bear studio, and a film clip will be created by The Pulse.  Each clip will be debuted at Geelong After Dark,  3 May 2019.

Connecting Song is an initiative of the City of Greater Geelong, as part of the Mountain to Mouth Contemporary Songline project.  It supports emerging musicians from this region to be seen and be heard, and is supported by Creative Victoria through its Music Works program.



A multi-award winning modern Australian rock icon, Adalita began as front person for seminal Australian indie rock group Magic Dirt.  Magic Dirt was one of the most successful bands to explode out of Geelong in the 90s.  She has toured internationally and now is a highly respected ARIA award winning solo artist.  Adalita is an integral part of the Australian music scene, garnering a passionate and loyal following and countless accolades.


Jet is one of Australia’s biggest international success stories and Geelong’s own Mark Wilson is the bass player.  Formed in 2001, Jet went on to have a stellar career touring all over the world in their own right and with mega artists such as the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen, selling in excess of 6.5 million albums.  The band dissolved in 2012, reforming in 2017.  While Jet was on hiatus Mark was snapped up by record label Warner Music to join their A&R team.  Mark grew up in Geelong, completing his academic and then rock’n’roll schooling in local Geelong venues before joining what would become the juggernaut that is Jet.


Mick Thomas is an Australian singer-songwriter, producer, guitarist, playwright and music venue owner. Thomas was the founding mainstay of Australian legends, Weddings Parties Anything (1984–1998), and leader of Mick Thomas and the Sure Thing. He is also an ARIA nominated solo artist.  Amongst international tours Mick has won multi-ARIA awards, including the highly coveted Song Of The Year.  He has also co-written tracks with Paul Kelly and produced albums for the likes of Nick Barker and Ruby Hunter.  Mick Thomas moved to Geelong when he was 9 years old and lived here throughout his school and University years, completing his BA at Deakin University.


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