Leading Australian bluegrass duo the Davidson Brothers have announced the establishment of the Australian Youth Bluegrass Scholarship to encourage and nurture singers and musicians who demonstrate exceptional talent and dedication in the field of bluegrass music.
"There are many young people in Australia who possess rare musical gifts," Lachlan and Hamish said, "where a small nudge in the right direction may help pave the way toward their musical dreams.
"The recipient of the 2012 Australian Youth Bluegrass Scholarship will win a cash prize of $1,500 which they may wish to put toward a regional tour, a recording project, a new instrument, enrolment fees at the Academy of Country Music, or a flight to Raleigh, North Carolina so they can attend the IBMA World of Bluegrass convention," they said.
"The recipient will also receive a recording package generously donated by the folks at Pacific International Music [for] one professionally recorded song of the winner's choice, recorded and mixed to international broadcast standard, featuring the winner along with Australian and Nashville session players."
The winner will also be presented with a trophy for themselves to keep and a perpetual trophy that will remain the property of the Davidson Brothers, which will be passed on to the recipient of the following year's scholarship.