With exams finally over and a 3 month break ahead, I can finally give some more TLC and promise that there will be more posts coming, which there will! However, during my hectic schedule of deadlines and exams, I did manage to head down to the Melbourne Recital Centre to witness all the excitement of the 2014 Melbourne Music Bank Grand Final

It was a fantastic night for Melbourne musicians, experts and writers to meet and connect whilst celebrating our city’s local talent.

The Melbourne Music Bank, created by the Bank of Melbourne is a community-run initiative designed to give one lucky artist the opportunity to kickstart their career. Now in its second year of running, judge and Brands and Marketing Manager at Bank of Melbourne, Jac Phillips hopes that next year’s final will be bigger and better with an aim to have the final held at Rod Laver Arena.

“It’s the arts and creativity that connects us all,” she says as she mentions that hundreds of entries and thousands of votes were sent in in order to help determine the winner. She describes Melbourne as the music capital of Australia.

Phillips was joined by a team of judges including Kirsten Siddle, Director of Programming & Presenter Services at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Cara Williams, music editor at Beat Magazine, Chelsea Wilson, vocalist and Music and Interviews Manager at PBS 106.7FM and former lead of Killing Heidi as well as the 2014 Melbourne Music Bank Ambassador, Ella Hooper.

Hooper opened up the show performing songs from her upcoming debut solo album, In Tongues, which will be released very soon.

The youngest act to perform was Under the Arch, a three-piece band from the Eastern suburbs of Victoria with two of their band members just coming out of their Year 12 VCE exams that morning – super impressive!

Alliyah-Shanti Kenny, or better known as Selki, rocked the stage with her track, Hey Hey Hey while runner up hip-hop artist, NYUON, brought the atmosphere to the next level showing Melbourne off to world with his song, Your City.

But it was young pocket rocket, Héloise who took the crown with her hit, This is Home along with her amazing band, (shout out to the trumpet solo!) She has now scored herself an opportunity of a lifetime including 2 days recording at Sing Sing Studios, a film clip directed by Wilk, live gigs, marketing and PR advice from On The Map PR, album artwork and 500 copies of the CD and finally, her song will be played in a future Bank of Melbourne commercial.

The night was full of huge success and is sure to continue next year so if you are a Victorian musician/songwriter and have a song that is inspired by our beautiful city, keep your eyes peeled for 2015 submissions.

RSOM is proud to support the Melbourne Music Bank and Melbourne’s thriving local talent. We wish Héloise all the best for her adventures. We will be keeping our eyes open for her video clip as well as her song in a new BOM commercial.

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