Tamworth 18 April 2022

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Monday 18 April 2022
10:00am – 12:30pm
Redhill Tamworth Function Centre, Tamworth NSW
Cost: $25 + gst + bf / free to CMAA Members
(must provide membership details to be eligible)
Format: in-person, but will be recorded and made available online at a later date

Join us on the first day of the 50th Tamworth Country Music Festival for an intimate and interactive in-person event, presented by The CMAA Academy Of Country Music.  

Academy X – Real Talk will delve into alternate sources of income, such as grants and awards, and how to best prepare and apply for these. 

There will also be a panel discussion on defining your goals, budgeting and fee structure with the view to booking gigs and festivals. 

Attendees will hear “real talk” from our special guests, Andrew Swift and Melanie Dyer, with discussion from our tutors Roger Corbett, Lyn Bowtell, Samantha Taylor and Rebecca Gracie, as well as enjoy some intimate acoustic performances. 

The event will be recorded and edited, to be made available online at a later date, as part of our online initiative, Academy X.

If you are a current CMAA Member, attendance will be FREE. 

Please enter the code CMAA at the checkout however, you will need to email your current membership number to OR show your membership card at the door to verify this, or else you will be charged full price to attend.

special guests


APRA AMCOS Professional Development Award Winner and 2021 APRA Nominee, Melanie Dyer burst onto the countrypop scene in 2015.

Her EP ‘Lifetime’ was both a stunning artistic blueprint and a tearaway chart success. In 2017 Melanie released her debut album ‘Fresh’ with the title track an established #1 hit on The Australian Country Hot 50 chart for 5 consecutive weeks.

Follow up ‘Save My Cents’, also shot to the top of both radio and CMC charts. That ‘Fresh’ should arrive glistening with the kind of polish that is usually reserved for the work of a veteran recording artist is no accident. It was the result of years of dedication and hard work.

In 2019 and 2020 Melanie enjoyed breakout success with her single ‘Memphis TShirt’. The song was added to playlists on contemporary networks including NOVA, SCA and Grants, spending 6 weeks at #1 on Australian Country Hot 50 Chart and earning her an APRA nomination for Most Performed Country WorkThe songs has hit over 2 million streams and 25 million radio impacts.

Most recently Melanie has released the hit singles ’20’s’, ‘Run Out Of Road’ and current single ‘Cheap Moscato’ which will form part of her new album on ABC Music late in 2022.

An authentic artist with equal love for country and pop genres, Dyer wraps conversational stories in undeniably pop hooks and attracts a fanbase that borders the two worlds.


A loveable bard of the road, a soulful troubadour, a heavily tattooed mountain of a man with a penchant for touring in tiny caravans Andrew Swift is many things.

Something he can never be accused of is complacency.

His prolific and welldeserved accolades (accumulated in healthy succession since his 2017 turn as Finalist in the prestigious Toyota Star Maker competition) are testament to his extraordinary work ethic and prodigious talent.

With 2018’s ‘Call out for the Cavalry’ scoring Swift two CMAA Golden Guitars, his latest album ‘The Art of Letting Go’ attracted another two Golden Guitar Nominations to his resume and racked up four top 10 singles, two CMT #1s as well as reaching #1 on the ARIA Australian Country chart, #25 over all genres and was the 5th highest selling Australian country music album of 2021.