One of the brightest music talents from Bega is to receive a significant boost to their career with a Create NSW ‘Young Regional Artist Scholarship’ announced today by Member for Bega, Andrew Constance.
Mr Constance said, 25 year old Corey Legge from Bega, will receive $10,000 to carry out professional development under the expert guidance of world-renowned producer Ben Edwards.
Above: Member for Bega, Andrew Constance and Scholarship recipient, Corey Legge
“The talented guitarist/singer-songwriter will record a solo EP at Sitting Room Studios in New Zealand, with a core-session band of musicians based in regional NSW. “Having grown up in Bega, Corey returned to the area last year after graduating from Southern Cross University in Lismore with a combined Bachelor of Contemporary Music/Bachelor of Secondary Education degree.
“In 2017, Corey taught music as a casual teacher at Narooma, Eden Marine, and Bega High School (where he was once a student), before moving to Wollongong at the beginning of 2018 to further pursue his burgeoning music career,” said Mr Constance. “While living in the area last year, Corey recorded demos of his original songs at Pirate Studios in Bournda, which would become the basis of his successful application for the Create NSW ‘Young Regional Artist Scholarship’.
“After having spent the last six years establishing his original blues-rock band, The Swamp Stompers, Corey is now looking forward to launching his solo side-project and exploring new musical territory,” Mr Constance said.
“This program selected young artists who show exciting promise in extending the appeal of arts across the state, and Corey certainly fits that criteria.
“I am delighted to continue our support for emerging NSW artists with funding that clearly opens up a world of exciting new opportunities,” he said.
“Nurturing young artistic talent will ensure a vibrant cultural life long into the future, I’m excited and intrigued to hear more from Corey as his journey continues.”
Recipients will also get the chance to attend a two-day professional development training program run by Create NSW later this year.
Visit www.create.nsw.gov.au for further information.