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Groovin’ from the Garage

Groovin From The Garage - The Originals Competition is now OPEN! 

Are you an aspiring or professional musician living within the Western Downs who has an ORIGINAL and unpublished song or have time up your sleeve to create one - then send us a video of you performing your song for a chance to win!

All nominations received will be reviewed and our Communities Department who will determine our lucky finalists that will receive a cash prize. The chosen finalists will have their video published on our Western Downs Invites You Facebook page for the community to enjoy. Once all finalists' videos have been published, the community will be given the opportunity to vote for their favourite performance via a Facebook Poll.

This poll will determine our lucky winners who will take home the below prizes.


1st Place $500 voucher to a local store of your choice
2nd Place $300 voucher to a local store of your choice
3rd Place $100 voucher to a local store of your choice
Finalist $100 cash prize

How To Enter

Email a video/s of you performing your original song/s by Friday 1 October to along with your full name, address, phone number and song lyrics. 

Finalists will be announced by Friday 8 October. 

Keep up to date by following Western Downs Invites You or for more information contact 1300 COUNCIL (1300 268 624). 

Terms & Conditions

  • Entrants must have EITHER a primary address within the Western Downs OR be employed and working within the Western Downs,
  • Performance must be of the entrants own unpublished original work, not previously submitted to past G.F.T.G competition,
  • Multiple entries permitted,
  • Musicians of all levels, ages and genres (including instrumental compositions) welcome,
  • Entries from bands must demonstrate an adherence to social distancing guidelines as applicable at time of filming (edited videos or recorded video conferencing are acceptable),
  • Entrants agree to indemnify Council against any damages or loss suffered by Council as a result of entrants submitting non-original works.

By entering the 'Groovin From The Garage - The Originals Competition, the entrant declares that they meet all the stipulated conditions of entry and that submissions are of their own original work. Any entries that do not meet the conditions of entry as determined by Council, will not proceed to the next stage of the competition. Entrants will maintain ownership over their original work, however, grant Council a non-revocable non-transferrable licence for use however Council deems appropriate for the purposes of conducting and promoting the competition and Community Activation Projects in the future. Western Downs Regional Council's decision on which entries are chosen as finalists will be final and no further correspondence will be entered in to. A public voting process will determine the winner and no further correspondence will be entered in to.

*Music Licensing DOES NOT allow for the distribution of recorded reproductions of any commercially available music. By entering the competition, artists grant Western Downs Regional Council permission to distribute their entry by any media deemed appropriate to promote the competition.

**Parodies will not be accepted, as they will breach Commercial Music Licensing laws.

2020 Competition

View all 2020 finalist videos here

Click on the artists below to view their video entry

First Place

Ben Slater | 'So Long, July'

Second Place

Olivia Gilmour | 'Trapped'

Third Place

Kadi Lillis | 'One Day Closer To Rain'