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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.

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Youth Rockin’ the Black Dog is coordinated by a partnership between the Hunter Institute of Mental Health and organisations from the mental health sector, along with support from the local Newcastle music industry and business sponsorships. 

Youth Rockin' the Black Dog 2014

2014 will be the fifth year running of Youth Rockin' the Black Dog, after a successful inaugural year in 2010 and the introduction of a new format in 2011.  Bands register to compete in Live heats 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.


Registrations for 2014 open 19 June

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(Last updated: 9 April 2014)