Newsboys Foundation Awards
Seventeen-year-old trumpeter Trish Thompson was featured in The Age print edition (on 18 June) after winning the 2018 Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award in the Bach Competition at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
Watch the recording of the Melbourne Recital Centre 2018 Bach Competition
The Newsboys Foundation supports two youth awards:
- Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award; and
- Newsboys Foundation Youth Leadership Award
The Newsboys Foundation Awards aim to recognise young people’s potential and nurture their capabilities and talents. The awards also build young people’s confidence by providing new experiences and opportunities to meet and interact with established leaders.
The Newsboys Foundation Youth Leadership Award, was launched in 2013 to celebrate 120 years of Newsboys. Following on from the success of this award, the Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award was launched in 2015.
Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award
The Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award, in partnership with the Melbourne Recital Centre, is part of the MRC’s annual Bach Competition.
The award seeks to address some of the issues affecting music students who live in regional areas, including working in isolation and the added challenges associated with accessing learning opportunities.
Winning the award involves travel and one week’s accommodation for the student and a parent/guardian in Melbourne, a daily per diem allowance; lessons with a top teacher on the relevant instrument; complimentary tickets to concerts at Melbourne Recital Centre during that week, mentoring/shadowing opportunities with Melbourne Recital Centre’s artistic and production staff, and the opportunity to go ‘behind-the-scenes’, providing direct contact with industry professionals.
The Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award is open to entrants who are 17 years of age and under (at 1 January in the year of the award) who live in rural or regional Victoria and attend a Victorian Government school.
A minimum performance level of AMEB Grade 5 or equivalent is expected.
Competition repertoire will consist of any works of JS Bach not exceeding 10 minutes in total duration. Please download the competition guidelines for further application information.
The judging panel of the Melbourne Recital Centre Bach Competition presents the Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award prize to the most outstanding finalist from regional or rural Victoria.
Each year, the Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award is presented at the Melbourne Recital Centre Bach Competition Final. This event is free and seating is not allocated, however tickets are required for entry.
Newsboys Foundation Youth Leadership Award
The Newsboys Foundation Youth Leadership Award, in partnership with VicSRC (Victorian Student Representative Council), recognises an exceptional student leader in Victoria.
VicSRC is the peak body representing school students in Victoria. Each year, VicSRC presents its Student Voice Awards to recognise the outstanding work of individual students, schools and teachers. The Newsboys Foundation Youth Leadership Award is part of the Student Voice Awards and recognises the leadership achievements and the future leadership potential of a Year 12 student in Victoria.
The award winner receives a $3,000 grant for extending and developing leadership skills and activities. Two finalists each receive $1,000 to extend and develop their leadership skills and activities.
The Newsboys Foundation Youth Leadership Awards is awarded to a Year 12 student who provides exceptional leadership within their school and community.
Three finalists are selected and are interviewed for the Newsboys Foundation Youth Leadership Award. Interviews will be held on a date to be advised.
The Newsboys Foundation Youth Leadership Award is judged by the VicSRC Student Voice Awards Judging Panel and includes student representatives from the VicSRC Executive, the VicSRC Executive Officer, the Newsboys Foundation CEO and a Director of the Newsboys Foundation.
The Newsboys Foundation Youth Leadership Award is announced in October each year as part of the VicSRC Student Voice Awards.