President of the North Coast Entertainment Industry Association, Tony Edwards.
President of the North Coast Entertainment Industry Association, Tony Edwards.

Performing for Dolphins

By WILLOW ALIENTO

CARDS will be swapped, deals will be started and talent will be celebrated this month, at the annual Dolphin Awards.

Now in their 14th year, the awards recognise local original musical talent not signed to a major record label.

This year, over 600 entries were received, and 90 judges volunteered to asses them.

Judges included two industry heavyweights ? Simon Moor from Sony Publishing A & R, who judges song of the year, and Catherine Haridy from Festival/Mushroom, who judged album of the year.

The winners will be announced at the gala presentation night at Lismore City hall on Tuesday November 16 from 6.30pm.

Prizes include recording time, promotional and publicity assistance, equipment and of course trophies.

Tickets to the awards night are on sale now at ABC Centre Ballina, Lismore Music Store and Soundwaves in Byron Bay or at the door. They are $30, which includes supper.

Tony Edwards, President of the North Coast Entertainment Industry Association, which organises and hosts the awards, said the number and quality of entries bodes well for the local entertainment scene.

"The scene is very healthy. There are a lot of people writing music, though not a lot out performing," he said.

"Part of NCEIA's cause is to get more opportunities happening with venues."

A new project will be turning up the volume on NCEIA's activities, and will make next year's awards even bigger.

Sally McPherson, entertainment lawyer and industry expert, has taken the helm of a six-month funded project to stimulate the local music industry.

Over the next six months, she will be working with a project worker and a committee that includes local promoters, arts organisations and venues to explore ways to increase the viability and sustainability of the music industry in the region.



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