Cardinia Shire Council

Cardinia Shire Music Residencies 2022

The Cardinia Music Residencies program is intended to give three local emerging musicians vital industry knowledge and experience to help enhance and launch their individual careers.


Opportunity Details

Closing Date

Jan 28, 2022






Cardinia Shire is passionate about supporting emerging creatives, allowing them the skills to connect with their community as well as the experience they need to master their craft. The Cardinia Shire Music Residencies program in 2022 is intended to give three local emerging musicians vital industry knowledge and experience to help enhance and launch their individual careers. Through a tailored program delivered by industry professionals Liz Drummond and Jarred Young, each musician will have the opportunity to develop their sound and perform at local and inner-city venues.


The music mentorships will take place from 21 February – 6 March 2022, where each emerging musician will have four days within this period to work with the mentors on their goals, ambitions, and personal development. The three residencies will take place in the Arts and Performance Space at Hills Hub (Emerald) which has new sound equipment ready to be utilised. 

Once the mentees have completed the residency program, they will have the opportunity to deliver a performance at a venue within Cardinia Shire as well as an inner-city venue, both as paid engagements. This gives the musicians an opportunity to showcase their new learnings, enhance their performing ability and gain vital exposure.


Liz is a songwriter, guitarist, vocalist and producer who has been working in the music industry for the last 10 years. Her band, Little May, achieved a great deal of success before disbanding in 2019. The band spent many years touring nationally and internationally, playing festivals such as Splendour in The Grass, Reading and Leeds, and touring with bands like Mumford and Sons, Rodriguez, The National, City and Colour, Angus and Julia Stone, and Cold War Kids.

Liz is signed to Sony Music Publishing where she will be releasing her own solo project, and where she works as a writer and producer for other artists on the Sony roster. She has accumulated a wealth of experience and knowledge over the last decade, which she is passionate about sharing in the form of mentoring, production and songwriting.

Liz has also worked as a private tutor at the Central Coast Music Factory in NSW, where she taught guitar and songwriting to children aged 5-18 years. She has a genuine passion and intuition for nurturing the development of creativity in others, and is skilled at finding appropriate resources for artists whilst guiding them towards their chosen path. 

Jarred has spent the last decade being heavily involved in the Australian music industry. With a fiercely DIY approach to music, he has worked as a solo performer, session musician, songwriter, band manager, booking agent, tour manager, educator, producer and audio engineer. He has completed a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and songwriting and studied percussion at a tertiary level.

Currently, Jarred is involved in running ChompChomp Records, he is the manager, main songwriter and producer in Bad Pony and his solo project, Jarry. Jarred also plays drums for FEELDS, KIT and Hannah Blackburn. Jarred lives and breathes music and loves sharing it with others.

He is a passionate educator and has taught in schools and privately for the past 10 years.More recently his focus has shifted to mentoring up and coming artists and imparting the vast knowledge he has accrued over his career.



– Emerging musician(s) – individuals, bands or groups that are in the early stages of their career and are seeking guidance on the next steps to pursue music professionally

– Must have a demonstrated connection to Cardinia Shire – live, work, study, play


Submit an expression of interest to by Friday 28 January 2022 addressing the following key selection critieria:

– Tell us where you are at and where you want to go with your music career. Provide a brief summary of your goals and apsirations (minimum 200 words)

– Tell us about your connection to Cardinia Shire (minimum 100 words)

– Share links to your music, whether that be audio recordings, videos or other, to give us an idea of your sound (please ensure they are publicly available)

– Any other relevant supporting material

– Don’t be affraid to be creative – think outside the box and show us a bit of your personality!

For any further information or questions, please contact the arts team at

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