Go west, young person. You’ll find something you didn’t expect. The sprawling suburbs of Western Sydney are an incubator for creatives though, due to myriad complexities, many artists struggle for opportunities. Nix that. It’s not a struggle, it’s a fight.

The GRID Series is fighting in Western Sydney’s corner. In recent months, a handful of the most exciting and forward-thinking artists from around the region have plugged into the GRID and its programme, designed to enrich and enable the next generation living in outer suburban areas.

Established in 2013, the series of GRID (Grass Roots Indie Development) activities is built upon the idea of strength in numbers, sharing ideas, and community, with the programme going nationwide for the first time this year.

With the support of telecommunications provider Belong, GRID has nurtured a selection of gifted musicians in each of Australia’s four most populous cities in 2019, through a blend of one-on-one sessions with experienced songwriters, producers and industry professionals, covering off the process of songwriting and recording, and going deep into all the intricacies of a career in music.

An array of industry leaders were on hand to mentor Western Sydney’s finest, including R&B and soul icon Ngaiire, Middle Kids’ Hannah Joy, Bigsound 2019 programmer and management firm director Melody Forghani, Ben Pierpoint from Maximillian Brown (Ngaiire, Little May), and acclaimed producers Antonia Gauci (DMA’s, Kesha) and Ariel Blum (St.Ives, Lara Andallo).