triple j Unearthed is seeking Australia’s best high school music act

Unearthed High has been discovering, sharing and creating opportunities for high school aged artists across Australia for 10 years now.

With luminaries emerging from the national competition including winners StonefieldGretta RayJapanese WallpaperMosquito Coastand Asta as well as some incredible finalists like Montaigne and Hockey Dad, going on to release amazing music, tour the world and appear on festival bills. 
On triple j Breakfast this morning, 2016 Unearthed High winner Gretta Ray spoke of the incredible opportunity winning the competition last year was, saying “It’s very weird that it was a year ago, it just really feels like that was the fastest year that has ever happened – it’s been a whirlwind of a year since… it was a very exciting period of time in my life.”
triple j Unearthed Music Director, Dave Ruby Howe, reflects on 10 years of the comp, “It’s crazy to think that this is going to be our 10th year of Unearthed High. That’s a nearly a decade of discovering the brightest young minds in the country and with each year it seems as though the crop of songwriters, bands, rappers and producers is only growing stronger. These are artists with talent and maturity that belie their age and we couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to the next generation of Australian music makers.”

Ben & Liam are staying ahead of the curve by spearheading their own campaign to discover the stars of tomorrow.

It is now the class of 2017’s chance to step onto the national stage as we put a call out for bands, solo acts, producers and MCs from all over the country to enter Unearthed High.
To enter, upload an original piece of music to and share which high school you attend.

You can be in a band, a solo act, producer or MC as long as at least half of the act is in high school.

All genres of music are eligible, including dance, electronic, hip hop, indie, metal, pop, punk and roots.

Entries close at midnight on Monday 31 July.

The winner will be flown to triple j to record, mix or master their music, which will be played on triple j and triple j Unearthed. They’ll also receive music industry advice and triple j will visit their school.
The best Unearthed High entry from an Indigenous artist, as well as being eligible for the major prize, will win ongoing mentoring from the Association of Artist Managers (AAM) and a songwriting workshop at their school by the APRA AMCOS Songmakers program. 
The triple j Unearthed High finalists will be revealed on Mon 7 August followed by the announcement of the best Indigenous high school act live at the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) on Sat 12 August. The 2017 Unearthed High winner will be revealed on Thurs 17 August.
Over the next few months, the best entries will be played nationwide on triple j and triple j Unearthed and you’ll be able to listen and download all the 2017 Unearthed High entries on for free.

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