2021 Senior Application

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  • 2021 Senior Academy Application Form

    APPLICATIONS FOR THE SENIOR ACADEMY 2021 WILL BE ASSESSED BY 31st OCTOBER 2020. Announcements will be made incrementally from September, so please apply as early as you can. Please enter all required information. we will notify you by the email address you have supplied.
SENIOR COURSE January 2nd-15th 2021


Applications are OPEN NOW (see below) for the 2021 CMAA Senior Academy of Country Music.


The Academy presents a unique opportunity to create a career in the music industry.  Over 900 students have graduated from The Academy  since 1997 many of whom have created stellar careers.  The Academy graduation concert is an opportunity for the audience of country music industry and fans to watch you perform which can lead to many new and exciting opportunities.  The industry is uniquely structured to provide opportunities to new entrants at every level in live performance and recording.  Check out our alumni page to read about some careers that were started at The Academy .  This is where your whole journey starts.

About the Senior Course

The country music Industry in Australia is highly diversified covering a very broad range of music styles including country, folk, blues, Australiana, bluegrass, bush ballad, traditional American styles, pop country, Americana, alt country, and singer/songwriter.  All styles are fully explored, welcomed and embraced at The Academy.

The focus of the course is on the singer/performer/songwriter/musician, who receives a detailed programme of tuition including songwriting, performance, and career-building modules designed specifically for the career-minded singer and/or songwriter. They are tutored and mentored by Golden Guitar winning, professional artists, songwriters, instrumentalists and country music business professionals. The topics covered will include:

Write @The Academy -Songwriting technique and co-writing -workshops and one-on-one songwriting opportunities with a professional songwriter.

Perform @ The Academy – Multiple opportunities to perform including at the Opening Concert of the Tamworth Festival and The Graduation Concert with full production.

Play @ The Academy – Tuition in theory and technique. Vocal, performance and instrumental training provided for all students with multiple opportunities to perform and collaborate.

Find Your Tribe @ The Academy A unique opportunity to join 25 other emerging artists and collaborate, co-write, jam, explore ideas, rehearse and perform. #Friends for life

Work It Out @ The Academy  Rehearse and create results everyday with like minded people who love the same music you do.

Make It Happen @The Academy  Work with professional career builders to create the dream career for yourself. Whatever that looks like for the authentic You – you can make it happen.

Press Play @ The Academy You’ll hear from and work with the best music producers in the business so when you’re ready to record you’ll be absolutely ready to take on the world.

Break It Down @The Academy Learn Social media skills, branding and marketing from experts who do this for themselves every day.

See You @ The Academy You will find your peers – we guarantee you’ll meet some of the people you’ll keep close for the rest of your life.



Information and Fees

Fees include: 14 nights accommodation, all meals, tuition and master classes.
Location: Calrossy School Campus, Brisbane Street, Tamworth NSW.
Course Fee: Senior Course: $3,300 inc gst.
After successful application, students will be required to pay a 50% deposit on acceptance, with the balance payable no later than November 30th 2019.
If you have any queries about the courses please contact us HERE


Application Information

Application Dates:
Applications Open:  NOW (see below)
Applications Close:  31 October 2020
Late applications will not be accepted.


1. The Official Application Form
– To be completed online.

2. Photos
– Two colour photos which cannot exceed 2 MB in file size. Files must be jpeg format (not pdf).
– One photo must be a HEADSHOT (similar to a passport photo in style – head and shoulders only), the second must be a publicity style photo that is suitable for print and online media.
– Please note that these images will be used for all publicity and promotional purposes throughout your Academy journey.

3. Recorded Songs
– At least 1 x MP3 file of you performing a song, either recorded or live.
– Applicants should consider the quality of their recording as you will be assessed on these recordings.
– A good quality studio demo/recording with acoustic guitar and vocal is often preferable to a ‘live’ recording.

4.  Video
– A YouTube URL and/or Website URL of you performing.  Songwriters will also need to have attached lyrics.

5. Referral
– You are welcome to upload a referral letter from a well-known country music practitioner (producer, songwriter, teacher, festival organiser, performer). This can be a valuable resource to assist your application.

CLICK HERE for a detailed instructions about the application form.