The memory of Paul Woseen is set to live on through a first-of-its-kind music grant, which honours the late Screaming Jets founding member.
The much-loved bassist, and Novocastrian, passed away at the age of 56 on Friday 15 September, leading to a multitude of tributes from within the rock fraternity, as well as fans.
But, the AHA Newcastle Hunter – Paul Woseen Memorial Music Grant will pay homage to his contribution to the region’s vibrant industry and provide never-before-seen support to local artists.
It’ll offer a recipient, annually, $5,000 cash as well as the chance to record, produce and launch an original single and receive mentor sessions with professionals.
Applicants must be 18 years or older and reside within the Greater Newcastle area including Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Maitland and/or Cessnock.
“The Screaming Jets are undoubtedly one of Newcastle’s most iconic bands and Paul’s contribution to the musical landscape of this city is without question, both within his role in the group and as a solo artist,” AHA Newcastle Hunter president Mick Starkey said.
“His loss is one that was, and continues to be, felt far and wide.
“It is widely known that he was a mentor to many young artists and, as a result, undoubtedly fostered the success of numerous careers.
“That’s something we feel should be perpetuated in his memory.
“Newcastle has always been synonymous with nurturing original artists and hosting fantastic local acts in our ‘live’ music venues.
“We want to make sure that continues to be the case.
“We believe this grant will offer stepping stones and create a support network that can truly launch the career of its annual recipient.”
Woseen, a luminary in Australian rock for more than three decades, will be remembered as one of the nation’s most prolific songwriters.
His illustrious career with The Jets spanned in excess of 10 studio albums, with over 50 songs to his credit.
Woseen’s songwriting has shaped some of Australia’s most iconic rock anthems, including the APRA Song of the Year nominee and enduring radio classic Helping Hand.
His influence on The Screaming Jets echoes through the band’s illustrious discography, notably highlighted by five of the group’s studio albums, including their groundbreaking debut All For One (1991).
Underscoring their enduring popularity, the 30th anniversary re-recording of All For One in 2021 made a triumphant return to the ARIA Albums Chart at #4.
And, their most recent offering, Professional Misconduct (2023), serving as Woseen’s last recording before his passing, debuted impressively at #3 on the ARIA Chart.
Additionally, it claimed the top spot on both the iTunes and AIR (Australian Independent Record) album charts, solidifying his pivotal role in steering The Screaming Jets to continued chart-topping success.
Beyond his contributions to the band, Woseen’s solo endeavor, Bombido, serves as a testament to his musical versatility and depth.
This venture showcased a different facet of his artistry, demonstrating a continued commitment to pushing creative boundaries.
In the landscape of Australian rock, Woseen’s clever union of heartfelt lyrics and unforgettable melodies not only propelled The Screaming Jets to huge success but also cemented his place in the industry itself.
His lasting influence resonates through chart-topping albums and timeless hits, that demonstrates the breadth of his artistry.
Woseen will be remembered as the heartbeat of The Screaming Jets and a pivotal figure in shaping the sound of a generation through his songwriting.
And, has left an indelible mark on the fabric of Australian rock history.
Applications for the AHA Newcastle Hunter – Paul Woseen Memorial Music Grant open on Friday 23 February and will close at 11.59am on Thursday 4 April.
To learn more, go to https://www.ahanewcastlehunter.org/paulwoseenmemorialmusicgrant
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