MySchoolAct Music and Talent Competition – Winner

October 25th, 2011



MySchoolAct is an online music and talent competition exclusively created for Australian high school students with a passion for the music industry. MySchoolAct supports the music infrastructure within schools and is FREE to enter.
The Winner of MySchoolAct 2011 is 44th Sunset.

  • Grand Final performance on Sunday 11 December 2011 

Winner announced
Sunday December 11, Perth band 44th Sunset were crowned winners of MySchoolAct 2011.  It was an intense and exciting night. The Top 5 Acts in the national competition performed to a packed house and a panel of music industry judges and 44th Sunset proved they’ve got the goods to take out the coveted prize.   The four members of the indie rock band left ‘The Lair’ at Sydney’s Metro Theatre with a giddy feeling of victory and the grand prize of up to $50,000 recording and marketing spend from Sony Music and up to $15,000 from Sony/ATV Publishing.

Lead singer of the indie rock quartet, Nik Thompson was ecstatic and overwhelmed by the response of the crowd and the feedback from the judges. “I feel like a unicorn who’s just seen a double rainbow,” he said.                        

In addition to this announcement, MySchoolAct also announced the winners who will perform at the Big Day Out 2012 in their local market. The winners will share the stage with a stellar line up of international talent including Soundgarden, Foster the People and Noel Gallagher.

MySchoolAct –  44th Sunset profile:


MySchoolAct is proud to announce the Grand Finalists for 2011. These top five finalists will be flown to Sydney for the MySchoolAct Grand Final Weekend with workshops and a live performance on December 10 and 11.

MySchoolAct 2011 Grand Finalists are:

44th Sunset- Helena College – Perth WA

Calais-St Joseph’s Nudgee College- Brisbane QLD

Freak Morice- Home Educated – Brisbane QLD

Sons of Alamo – Central Coast Grammar School – Central Coast NSW

The Maze – Wollongong High School – Wollongong NSW

Adding to the exciting news, MySchoolAct and Big Day Out sponsor Motorola have also announced the finalists who will be considered to perform at the Big Day Out 2012 in their home town. The winners will share the stage with a stellar line up of international talent including Kanye West, Soundgarden, Foster the People and Noel Gallagher. The official winners for each market will be announced at the Grand Final. The finalists for the Big Day Out lineup can be viewed here :

The Grand Final performance will take place on Sunday December 11 at The Lair at the Metro Theatre, Sydney. Acts will showcase their live performance abilities and the MySchoolAct 2011 winner will be announced on the evening and awarded the grand prize of up to $50,000 recording and marketing spend from Sony Music and up to $15,000 from Sony/ATV Publishing.

The Selection Committee used their collective decades of industry knowledge and experience to today unveil the top five acts of the competition. The committee includes music business legends Damian Trotter, Managing Director of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, John O’Donnell, former CEO of EMI Music Australia (who has worked with Australian legends including Silverchair, Missy Higgins, Operator Please and Kasey Chamber), Todd Wagstaff, Director of Parker & Mr French (responsible for an extensive roster of artists including The Vines, Gypsy and the Cat and Empire of the Sun) and Pat Handlin A & R manager at Sony Music who recently signed Australian folk newcomers  Georgia Fair. To view the complete list of judges click here:


Musicians from every metro, regional and rural high school across Australia are being given an opportunity like never before, the chance of scoring a recording deal with Sony Music Entertainment to the value of $50,000 as well as being included in the lineup at Australia’s biggest touring music festival the Big Day Out 2012 all thanks to MySchoolAct, powered by Motorola.

MySchoolAct offers a platform for budding musicians to be heard and discovered by submitting a video or MP3 of their performance at  Publicity plays a key role for all new bands, and each act needs to campaign for support within their local and wider communities to gain votes via comments, downloads, video views and fans.  The top five finalists will be flown to Sydney for an exclusive weekend workshop culminating in the Grand Final where the winner will be announced.  

Prizing for MySchoolAct 2011 is more than impressive; it’s a career launch pad, with the winner scoring a $50,000 recording deal from Sony Music, a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Publishing to the value of $15,000 and Motorola prize packs. 

But wait… there’s more… loads more!  One top act from the areas of WA, ACT/NSW, TAS/VIC, SA, QLD/NT will land the ultimate gig and be included in the line-up of the hottest music festival in Australia, Big Day Out 2012, which will be celebrating its 20-year anniversary next year. 

Individual musicians and support team members are also eligible to win full first year scholarships in Film Production, Audio Engineering and Design and Multimedia from SAE Institute and Qantm College. 

Supported by Channel [V] and The Music Network, fans of MySchoolAct will be rewarded with the latest music news, prizes and cool videos from known artists updated weekly.

Winners of MySchoolAct 2009, Glass Towers of Alstonville High, Byron Bay, have gone on to achieve great success; securing a spot on the Splendour in the Grass line up, embarking on a national tour and in August they will release their first EP.
MySchoolAct is now open for submissions from ALL high schools across Australia. Visit to register.

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