By Justin Flynn
Ocean Grove musician Andrea Robertson is one of the two recipients of the Queenscliff Music Festival’s Emerging Artist Grant/Award.
The popular singer/songwriter has been performing since her early teens and her latest accolade comes as no surprise.
“It was a huge surprise and such amazing news to receive,” she said.
“I feel so honoured to have been given this opportunity, knowing how highly sought after this grant is and the fact that hundreds of others from the Barwon South West Region applied for it. It’s a real privilege to have been selected from among all of those artists.”
Andrea will release her second album this November and the grant will enable her to do a new recording next year.
“The grant will be put towards a live recording which I hope to do in April/May 2018,” she said.
“My proposal for the recording was to include all local creatives from start to finish and on every level from venue, artists, sound engineer, photographers, publicists – the works, so not only will I benefit from this project as an artist, but many others from the Bellarine and the Geelong region will be involved and recognised for their work also. Plus a live audience, who I imagine will mostly be locals, will get to be a part of this experience.”
Andrea said the local music scene was thriving.
“The local music scene is so important and I hope that it just continues to go from strength to strength,” she said.
“There are so many amazing musicians in our area, and we have some terrific venues supporting those artists. But we could always do with more. That would mean audiences being willing to get out and support not just the artists, but the venues as well though.”