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'Young Gums' is an exciting new opportunity for young creatives looking to get an insight into the music and events industry.

An immersive mentorship program led by the good people at Dashville and supported by The Gum Ball's professional and creative community of musicians, artists, technicians and event managers.

A project that targets emerging creatives in regional NSW interested in music festival production and performance.

After its success in 2021, the team from Dashville will continue the program in 2022 with renewed support from Festivals Australia to train ten (10) dedicated high school students generally aged between 14 - 18  interested in a hands on learning experience in a live festival environment over five (5) days.

The students need to be able to attend the Gum Ball music and arts festival, located at Dashville, near Singleton NSW. The project runs from Wednesday 20th April until Sunday 24th April 2022.

Over the course of the five days, the students will engage with a range of qualified music professional from musicians to lighting technicians, from set up to showtime, through a series of workshops, tutoring and one on one mentoring.

With The Gum Ball in full swing from the Friday through to Sunday, the ten (10) Young Gum's will get an exciting immersive experience, discovering first hand what it takes to put on a live music event and to be the performer.

As part of the five day immersive experience, the students will carry out daily rehearsals, with the support of a Musical Director, in preparation for a group performance on the last day of the festival.

At the conclusion of each day's program, there will be time for enjoying the festival evening performances with family.

This is the first year of the youth mentoring project and we are excited about being able to provide this opportunity, along with the prospects of continuing it for years to come.

Particular areas of learning include:

  • Festival production
  • Staging
  • Lighting
  • Recording
  • Songwriting
  • Vocal training
  • Music production
  • Performance
  • Responsibility

A parent or guardian is required to stay the five (5) days and nights to supervise their Young Gum while not attending workshops.

The program covers each teen's full mentorship, camping and use of amenities, most food and a welcome dinner for all Young Gums and their guardians on the Wednesday.

The cost of parents attending the festival is not covered in the program however discounted tickets for parents/ guardians will be available for those selected youths.

All persons working on the project will be suitably qualified with all appropriate accreditation.

The project in 2022 is funded by Festivals Australia, via the Australian Government.

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Are you an aspiring Young Gum?


Please be prompt with your application, and give it the best go you can. Remember passion comes first, skill later - so wow us with your enthusiasm.