WHAT'S IN A SONG: Music festival promoter Gavin Butlin thanks Raymond Wang and Simon Phang for Whitsunday Chinatown Investment's contribution to the Airlie Beach Festival of Music, where an international song-writing competition, sponsored by Mr Wang, was launched tonight. Photo by Sharon Smallwood
WHAT'S IN A SONG: Music festival promoter Gavin Butlin thanks Raymond Wang and Simon Phang for Whitsunday Chinatown Investment's contribution to the Airlie Beach Festival of Music, where an international song-writing competition, sponsored by Mr Wang, was launched tonight. Photo by Sharon Smallwood

Festival invites you to write a Whitsunday song

AN INTERNATIONAL song writing competition was launched at the official opening of the Airlie Beach Festival of Music tonight.

Jimmy's Entertainment and the Airlie Beach Festival of Music are excited to announce they have received generous sponsorship from Whitsunday Chinatown Investment Pty Ltd for the on-going marketing of the festival and to launch an international song writing competition.

Mr Wang, from Whitsunday Chinatown Investment Pty Ltd, presented the festival with a sponsorship cheque earlier tonight and it is his brainchild to run a song writing competition about the Whitsundays.

The purpose of the competition is to create a love song which captures the spirit of the Whitsundays. All details regarding the competition terms and conditions are available on the website at www.airliebeachfestivalofmusic.com.au.

Airlie Beach Festival of Music promoter Mr Gavin Butlin said, "we have been working with Mr Wang and the Whitsunday Chinatown Investment group for months to create something very new and exciting for the promotion of the Whitsundays".

"There will be $5000 in prize money for the winning song writer and we will be spending over $5000 on marketing this initiative through advertising and social media over the next six months. We appreciate that Mr Wang recognises the value of marketing the festival and the Whitsundays to a wider audience and the $20,000 financial support from Whitsunday Chinatown Investment is gratefully received."

The love song needs to be written in English and capture the essence of the Whitsundays including Heart Reef, the Coral Sea and iconic Whitehaven Beach. It also needs to incorporate cultural references such as love compassion, wisdom, karma, faith, energy and mindfulness so as to engage potential Chinese travellers as well.

"We hope we can find someone that can capture the heart, soul and beauty of the Whitsundays in words. Our dream is to find a truly beautiful song which will help to put the Airlie Beach Festival of Music and the Whitsundays on the national and international stage. This is our version of the best job in the world, but it's the 'best song in the world' competition," Mr Butlin said.

Now in its third year, the Airlie Beach Festival of Music has grown into an established festival and a popular fixture on the Whitsunday and Queensland event calendars and has support from Tourism and Events Queensland, Tigerair and Whitsunday Regional Council.

The festival, which runs from Thursday, November 5 to Sunday, November 8, presents over 200 international and national performers to an audience of music lovers in an idyllic tropical environment.

The headline acts for 2015 include 10cc, Toni Childs, Richard Clapton, Angry Anderson with James Southwell, The Black Sorrows and Wendy Matthews.

 

The line-up for each day and band information for 2015 can be found at www.airliebeachfestivalofmusic.com.au.


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