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What is Youth Rockin' the Black Dog?

Youth Rockin’ the Black Dog is a music competition designed to raise awareness of youth mental health issues among young people in the Hunter and surrounding regions.  The competition encourages young people to get thinking and talking about mental health issues with friends, family and networks and aims to promote a range of local and national services available to support young people.

Youth Rockin’ the Black Dog is managed by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health in partnership with headspace Maitland and headspace Newcastle, along with support from the local Newcastle music industry and business sectors.

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Youth Rockin' the Black Dog 2014

2014 will be the fifth year running for Youth Rockin' the Black Dog, after a successful inaugural year in 2010.  Musical acts register to compete in live heats throughout September in a lead up to a Grand Final event held in October (NSW Mental Health Month).

Musical acts compete in front of a panel of music industry representatives, vying for a place in the Grand Final event. Grand finalists compete for a range of prizes including a 3-track EP recording package and a festival spot such as at Fat As Butter.



Date Event
Thursday 19 June Competition Launch: Registration Opens
Friday 15 August Registration deadline
Friday 22 August Competing acts allocated heats & announced
Wednesday 3 September HEAT ONE @ Lizottes Newcastle, 6.30pm
Wednesday 10 September HEAT TWO @ Lizottes Newcastle, 6.30pm
Wednesday 17 September HEAT THREE @ Lizottes Newcastle, 6.30pm
Wednesday 26 September HEAT FOUR @ Lizottes Newcastle, 6.30pm
Friday 26 September Six Grand Finalists announced on facebook and website
Wednesday 8 October GRAND FINAL  @ Lizottes Newcastle, 6.30pm



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(Last updated: 24 June 2014)