NASHVILLE SONGWRITER RESIDENCY PROGRAM

This Australia Council for the Arts initiative provides Australian songwriters the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Nashville music scene and to further develop their own artistic skills and industry networks and relationships.

About The Program

This initiative brought forward by the Australia Council for the Arts provides Australian songwriters the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Nashville music scene and to further develop their own artistic skills and industry networks and relationships.

About The Mentor

Mark Moffatt is one of the most respected producers to emerge from Australia and a resident of Nashville since 1996. As Director of A&R at Ten Ten until 2001 he worked extensively in the development of Keith Urban. His production credits include Keith Urban, the Saints, Neil and Tim Finn, Slim Dusty, Deana Carter, Tony Joe White, and many others.

Mark is a leader in the emerging Independent sector of the Nashville Industry, achieving the highest number of independent Music Row chart entries in 2005 and 2007 saw his first Grammy nomination.

About The Current Recipient

Larissa Tandy was recently named as one of Australia’s top ten emerging songwriters.  Her instinctive, muscular songwriting and unrestrained performances are fast becoming her hallmarks, and she writes songs that communicate a sense of time and place, and invite the listener into the world of the song. Her most recent single, “shut down”, was picked up by radio in Australia, the US and the UK, and recommended by Canada’s CBC in their regular “songs you need to hear” feature.

Past Recipients

Ruby Boots (bottom left) lives and breathes her music. Her passion burns bright and comes from a place of heartfelt storytelling wrapped up in consummate songwriting. 

At only 25 years of age, Melbourne’s Ben Wright Smith (bottom right) has an impressive number of musical accomplishments under his belt, including a string of acoustic folk / rock releases which sparked the imagination of the international folk fraternity.

Singer/songwriter Travis Caudle (left) has performed several hundred shows in the past two years, many of them across North America, and appeared at Canadian Music Week.

Chris Altmann (right) is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who records and performs both solo and with his group The Vandas.