b'NEWSBOYS FOUNDATION REGIONAL MUSIC AWARDAsh Murdica, 2021 Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award Recipient.(Photo: Lauren Murphy)Ash Murdica wins 2021 Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award Ash Murdica, a student at Drouin Secondary College, This prize is designed to enable a student to benefit from is the winner of the 2021 Newsboys Foundation Regional musical tuition and other opportunities that otherwise may Music Award. not be open to them. Ash was undertaking grade 7 AMEB piano, and workingThe award includes travel and one weeks accommodation towards her grade 4 AMEB theory exam when she won for the student and a parent/guardian in Melbourne, the award.industry music lessons, mentoring sessions, a daily per For her application, she performed Frdric Chopinsdiem, and complimentary tickets to concerts at Melbourne Nocturne in E Minor, Op.72 No. 1 on piano, and highlightedRecital Centre throughout the week. future goals of playing with the Melbourne SymphonyThe award was established in 2015.Orchestra and professional music theatre productions Ash said: This award is a privilege, affording me the in Melbourne.opportunity to help guide my practice to be successful in the In 2020, Ash was recognised as her schools highest-scoringmusic industry. Thank you to the Newsboys Foundation and music student with the 2020 Music Award, receiving topMelbourne Recital Centre for their continued commitment marks in VCE Music Performance where she focused to supporting emerging musicians in Regional Victoria.on guitar.Newsboys Foundation CEO Sandy Shaw said: Throughout her high school years she has performed inCongratulations to Ash Murdica for an outstanding Rockfest Australia, local bands and community theatreapplication to the 2021 Newsboys Foundation Regional productions. Music Award. The Foundation is proud to support this The Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award is aaward to help ensure that young musicians in rural and music specialist prize for applicants who live, and attend aregional Victoria are given development and industry insight Victorian Government school, in rural or regional Victoria.opportunities, helping them to contribute to Victoria and Australias live music community.NEWSBOYS FOUNDATION ANNUAL REPORT 20215'