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Hot Shots Photography Comp & NT Song of the Year

MusicNT is giving Top End creatives the opportunity to promote their work, with applications for both the NT Song of the Year and Hot Shots Competitions now open. 

By Chelsea Heaney.

The NT Song of the Year Awards showcases the songwriting talent of the Territory and was introduced in 2012 as a means to celebrate original NT music, across a range of genres. Last year’s overall winner Resin Moon went on to have a stellar 2016, with his winning track ‘Salt’ achieving nationwide airtime on Triple J, and undertaking a successful national tour. 
MusicNT’s Executive Director Mark Smith said the awards are an important platform to recognise NT talent. 

“NT Song gives all Territory artists the chance to be discovered, and to show the rest of the country some of the most exciting new music being created,” Smith said.

“A really exciting element is discovering new talent. We come across bedroom producers and musicians who may not have a profile yet, but are submitting killer tracks that we’ve never heard before, and we can't wait to hear this year's entries.” 

You can submit your song online until 5pm Friday 26 May, with the finalists announced next month.

Running in conjunction with the NT Song of the Year is the Hot Shots Music Photography Competition, which focuses on the perspective of the punter and puts the many diverse faces and places of the NT music scene front and centre. Territorians are encouraged to submit their images of live music or musicians online or by sending in a USB or CD. There are two main categories – Best Live Shot, for images of musicians playing live, and Best Portrait for staged photographs. 

Entries close on May 26, with the People’s Choice Voting opening in June. The photos are then taken on a touring exhibition to Alice Springs, Darwin and other remote centres across the Territory.

These initiatives from Music NT celebrate our local music industry and open up all types of doorways for artists. Whether you are an amateur or a more experienced artist, photographer or musician, these are great opportunities to get feedback and exposure for your work.

More info: Hot Shots | NT Song of the Year

Thumbnail image: Elsey Day (detail) by Elise Derwin, 2016 Best Portrait Photo and People's Choice Award

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