Australian Arts Council Announces 2019 Grant Recipient Sinead Burgess

Nashville Songwriters Residency Program Continues to Expand Offering Industry Mentorship and Vital Creative Opportunities


NASHVILLE, TN…The Australian Arts Council continues their investment in Nashville by announcing their 2019 Grant recipient, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Sinead Burgess. In its third year, the Nashville Songwriters Residency Program allows Australian songwriters the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local music scene for three months focusing solely on their creative career. Mentored by Mark Moffatt, Grammy nominated producer and chart topping songwriter, the program promotes creative and business networking, the development of writing skills, opportunities to connect with other artists and songwriters to collaborate, and the chance to record.

“I have watched Sinead’s growth from young major label signing to the sure footed and confident singer/songwriter she is today,” Moffatt notes. “The residency grant gives her the opportunity to spend time integrating into the Nashville writing community, and I look forward to seeing some great collaborations emerge as she moves toward her next record.”

2018 was a monumental year for Burgess. From her UK tour debut with British country act The Shires, a 22-date run including the revered Royal Albert Hall, to her independent album release Damaged Goods, which reached #3 on the UK iTunes Country Album Chart, #6 on the Australian iTunes Country Album Chart and impacted the top 200 in the US. A one woman show in every sense of the word, Burgess self produced Damaged Goods, wrote every song on the record, and played the bulk of the instruments. Fans can see a similar experience at her live show, often outshining full bands with just a guitar, harmonica, stomp box and her voice. Burgess will hit the road this fall with performances at major festivals including Americana Fest in Nashville and the C2C Festival in Sydney.

As Burgess dives into writing and recording her next album, she will do so with the support of the Residency Program, and what better place than Nashville, TN. "It is such an honor to be chosen for this year's Nashville residency grant," Burgess adds. "This will play a pivotal role in progressing my career as a writer and artist in Nashville, as it allows me the financial freedom to make the next crucial steps happen much sooner than I would have been able to make alone. I am incredibly excited to work hard through this period and utilize every opportunity here in Nashville that the 'Australian Council for the Arts' have given me!"

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Garry Fitch