2024 CMAA Academy Sister Cities Nashville Exchange

Applications Close: 31 May 2024 at 5:00pm


The CMAA, working with Tamworth Regional Council and Sister Cities Nashville, has negotiated a cultural exchange between the sister cities of Tamworth and Nashville. It will see a graduate of the Senior Academy spend two to three weeks in Nashville in September 2024 writing, performing and networking, and in exchange, a US artist will attend the 2025 Senior Academy and Tamworth Country Music Festival. The Academy and Sister Cities will each be responsible for covering the travel costs of their selected ‘student’ and organising billeted accommodation.

The Nashville visit will include participation in the iconic AMERICANAFEST festival and conference and the registration fee will be part of the scholarship. The selected participant will also be part of showcase events presented by Sounds Australia, who have been involved in the Nashville event for ten years. During the visit, the graduate’s activities in Nashville will be coordinated by the CMAA working with APRA, Sister Cities and the large ex-pat community of Australian writers, artists and business operators resident in ‘Music City USA’.


The successful participant will be chosen by a panel of Academy staff and CMAA Academy Board sub-committee members. The decision will be based on the applicant’s ability to make the most of this unique opportunity as a next important step in their career development in country music.

Please provide as much information as you think is relevant to your application.

Applications will close at 5pm Friday 31 May.

This opportunity is only available to past ACADEMY GRADUATES who are current financial members of the CMAA aged 21+.

This opportunity WILL NOT be available to past graduates who have already won Toyota Star Maker, the APRA AMCOS Professional Development Award or a Golden Guitar Award.

Before applying, please ensure you are available to travel to Nashville between 10 to 30 September 2024.

2024 CMAA Academy Sister Cities Nashville Exchange - Application Form

This CMAA Academy exchange program has been made possible by a generous donation from Maton Australia. It will include return airfares from Australia to Nashville and accommodation for one past Graduate to attend AMERICANAFEST (17 - 21 Sept 2024), plus a modest daily per diem (accommodation will be billeted). Some song writing and live performance opportunities will be organised for the successful applicant at the discretion of The Academy, including a performance at the iconic Bluebird Cafe. Successful applicants will be aged 21 or over*, must have a valid passport and be able to organise their ESTA visa to enter the USA. Applicants will need to be available between 10 - 30 September 2024 and may choose to extend their stay by negotiation. Applicants should also ensure they have sufficient funding for extra expenses. *AGE RESTRICTION: 21 and over. You must be aged 21 or over to enter licensed premises in the USA. As many events and activities will be taking place inside licensed premises, it is a requirement for you to be aged 21 and over to apply for this exchange program.

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