The Local Emerging Artists Program (LEAP)
The Local Emerging Artists Program (LEAP) provides performance development opportunities and community connections for young Bathurst artists.Tied to the music festival “Inland Sea of Sound”, the 2020 program saw over 40 young artists aged 12-25 get the opportunity to play gigs around Bathurst. This year there was a focus on bands and it was possible to present a LEAP Band Night showcasing 10 groups involved. On the 24th of February a LEAP performer also performed at Market Day at Charles Sturt University.
A number of young musicians also had experiences with media including interviews on 2BS, B-Rock and 2MCE, as well as interviews for the Western Advocate.
LEAP provided mentorship, a workshop, performance opportunities, festival merchandise and connection with local venues and fellow artists at no cost to participants (anyone who applied). Smith & Jones ran a workshop for the young musicians in the school holidays and then a series of performances across cafes and bars in town ran for two weeks. The program not only supports the artists involved, but also contributes to a sustainable live music and arts scene in Bathurst. Building a welcoming culture for performers, venues and presenters, and audiences. We have seen connections formed and venues involved offering future opportunities. An exit survey indicates only great experiences for artists and carers, with 100% indicating that they would recommend getting involved to other emerging artists.
Contact Kylie Shead at BMEC for more information 02 6333 6144 or email