We are thrilled to announce the 3rd Bello Winter Music Youth Mentorship Programme, proudly supported by The Bellingen Shire Council and Bellingen Youth Hub. A programme that is at the heart of our festival, the YMP continues to grow from strength to strength...

This year’s batch of collaborative mentors are exceptional artists who will have an invaluable wealth of performance and industry experience to share with their category winners.

Festival Patron and Bellingen born and bred JACK CARTY will take the helm of the SINGER SONGWRITER Category, while the stunning SARA TINDLEY will coach the winner of the VOCAL entries. Dynamic duo and seasoned festival artists HUSSY HICKS will share their international experiences to help the BAND category winner take to the stage, while BEN WILSON of the BUTTON COLLECTIVE will be on hand to help nurture the youngest of our Youth Mentorship Winners in the UNDER 15yrs category.

Past success stories of the Bello Winter Music YMP include THE BROTHERS who took out the band Category with mentor SCOTT COLLINS (The Mid North) in the inaugural 2015 programme, and have gone onto perform as part of the official line up in 2016 and return this year with their incredible musicianship and comradery. Further highlights include the extremely emotional and special bond between Mentor JO JO SMITH and vocal winner RIVER BOYCE who stunned organisers and audiences with her mentoring session and soulful performance in 2016, as well as the exceptional MARNI BESLEY who became a festival favourite last year, winning fans with an unforgettable opening night performance and her own brilliant set with guidance from her SINGER SONGWRITER mentors MISS EILEEN & KING LEAR.

It is so vitally important that we continue to encourage, develop and nurture the future of our region’s up and coming artists and their stories through their music, and we look forward to applications for this year’s mentorship.

“The Bello Youth Mentorship program is brilliant! There’s great experience for our youth in applying, which is really easy to do, and the winners get to play in front of a real festival crowd who just love it. Best of all, they get to meet, hang out and be mentored by some extraordinary performers. The benefits and impacts I have seen for our young people have been amazing." - Dean Besley (Bellingen Youth Hub)

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