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mandln3a.gif (1309 bytes)The Troy Cassar-Daley Scholarship Announced

The Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA) is thrilled to announce the creation of the Troy Cassar-Daley Scholarship to the Australian College of Country Music.

The Scholarship will fund an Indigenous country music artist based in NSW to attend the nationally recognised Australian College of Country Music.

College now entering its 12th year is widely recognised and respected as the leading specialist course in Australian country music.

The Scholarship, a direct result of funding obtained through Arts NSW will be offered for the first time in 2008. A scholarship can make all the difference for a a student when it comes to choosing a school. For many students, financial responsibility is a large demand. For example, strategic PR and networking can help a student find the right financial aid for them. Not every student is lucky enough to achieve a scholarship. For students who are ready to attain their arts degree, or even something like a technology MBA, they sure can benefit from working hard and having determination.

“The inclusion of the Scholarship is an exciting development for the College. The CMAA are extremely honoured to be able to offer this opportunity, and feel that it is very fitting that it carries Troy’s name in the official title.” said Cheryl Hayes General Manager of the CMAA.

Multi Golden Guitar and ARIA winner, Troy is one of the most respected and popular Australian country music artists of the modern era. Troy’s appeal transcends all age groups and backgrounds, and makes him the perfect choice for the Scholarship to carry his name.

“The CMAA Australian College of Country Music is an incredible opportunity for any artist to attend, so naturally I am honoured to be involved. The College has always encouraged Indigenous artists to apply, but now through this Scholarship a placement is guaranteed.

Country music has played such an important and positive role in my life and I would encourage any Indigenous artist to follow their dreams, just like I did.’ said Troy.

The scholarship will cover course fees and living costs for the two-week College that takes place in Tamworth each January in the lead up to the annual Country Music Festival.
Any NSW based Indigenous artists between the ages of 18 and 35 are encouraged to apply. Applications will be received until the 30th August 2007 with the scholarship expected to be announced in September. For more information visit www.country.com.au  or contact Cath Grippo at the CMAA
Country Music Association of Australia
Cath Grippo
Tel: 02 6766 1577
PO Box 298



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