Posted on Sep 9, 2019 in News
Over the past three years BIG SKY GIRLS has become a crucial annual event supporting and mentoring young regional women in music across Queensland.

First launched in 2017, the BIG SKY GIRLS project has seen some of the most exciting young female songwriters from regional Queensland emerge including Tia Gostelow, Asha Jeffries, Ruby Gilbert, Zoey Mills, Doolie, Jamison Kehl, K-la, Amber Farnan and many more.

And now in 2019 with the continued support from the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Queensland, APRA AMCOS, Virgin Australia and Backbone Youth Arts – the program is taking young women from across the four states for the first time.

BIG SKY GIRLS is focused on songwriting and performance skills, industry knowledge, recording and building friendships and self-esteem. The project also helps establish important networks and industry knowledge for those involved and plays a key role in assisting young women access professional resources which can be limited in many regional areas.

“We could not be more excited to be welcoming young women from QLD, NSW, NT and Victoria into the program this year,” project manager Deb Suckling says. “The level of applicants this year was just so high – it was such a tough decision.

“This is our next generation of female artists. Fostering and nurturing artists on both a creative and industry level is crucial for young artists in regional areas. BIG SKY GIRLS aims to give these young women an opportunity to not only pursue creative careers but also to forge their own network with other young women facing similar challenges faced by artists in regional and remote areas. We cannot wait to see what this year’s group create together.”

After receiving a huge amount of applications from four states – the 2019 BIG SKY GIRLS are:

Lena Kellie – Darwin
Pele Savage – Darwin
Cassi Marie – Caboolture
Isabella Smith Ani – Cairns
Jacinta Bradley – Gladstone
Floc – Ballarat
Nancie Schipper – Killarney
Georgia Knight – Pimpana
Maggie Slater – Cairns
Stella Hutchens – Bundaberg
Elyssa Hawkins – Newcastle
Saraima Batt – Ipswich
“Being part of the Big Sky Girls Mentoring program had a really significant impact on me and helped me to explore and evolve as a female songwriter.” Asha Jeffries

“Big Sky Girls is an incredible experience to work one-on-one with fabulous mentors, with real industry experience. It also opens up new opportunities and you’ll make lifelong friends.” Ruby Gilbert.



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