Applications open on Monday 3 May and close on Sunday 30 May at midnight.

About the Program

We have been living with COVID-19 for over 12 months and amongst the complexities of this pandemic, there has been a reported increase in the sale of musical instruments and people committing time to their creative practice.


As Australia moves towards a post-COVID reality, Western Riverina Arts and the Cad Factory have partnered to offer this opportunity for local musicians to record a new piece of original music in the Cad Factory’s professional recording studio.


Through this partnership we have two aims:

1) To provide real support for creative endeavour.

2) To contribute to making a post-COVID world more musical.


We will support four musical acts in our region (Narrandera, Griffith, Leeton, and Murrumbidgee LGAs) to record one original song in the Cad Factory’s recording studio in Sandigo.


Support Given

All recording costs, mastering and meals will be covered by Western Riverina Arts and the Cad Factory. This support is valued at $1000 per artist/group.



Selected musicians will need to be available on Saturday 12 June 2021 for a studio induction and meet and greet at the Cad Factory studio from 11am-2pm. This session is to discuss recording and production approaches and meet people involved in the project.


Recording dates will be on:

Saturday 7 August

Sunday 15 August

Saturday 21 August

Sunday 29 August


On the day of recording, you will have the opportunity to take over the Cad Factory’s Instagram account and share your experience and song via this method.


Musical acts will be required to cover their transport expenses to Sandigo. If you do require transport assistance, this can be arranged with Western Riverina Arts. Any release and promotion of the recorded song will be the responsibility of the musical act. This initiative is for studio recording and mastering only. 


Western Riverina Arts will provide consultation to the musical act post-recording.


To Apply

Applicants who meet the selection criteria will be asked to submit their application via an online form. The form will ask you to include:

  • Name, pronouns, date of birth, contact information.

  • 300 words sharing your musical experience and how recording a song will benefit your musical practice.

  • 200 words sharing information about the original song you want to record including title, year written, instruments, if there will be other musicians involved in the recording.

  • Do you have previous recording studio experience?

  • Preferred recording date.

  • Commitment to be available on 12 June for the induction and meet and greet.


Selection Criteria

1. The lead songwriter/musician must reside in the local council areas of Narrandera, Leeton, Griffith or Murrumbidgee.


Selection Panel

Vic McEwan (Cad Factory)

Sarah McEwan (Cad Factory)

Aanya Whitehead (Western Riverina Arts)

Camille Whitehead (Western Riverina Arts)

This project is supported by Create NSW, Western Riverina Arts, the Cad Factory.

Applications are now closed.

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