ISAAC Awards 2011
The Annual Indent Open Day was held this year on Friday, March 9 at the gorgeous Bondi Beach. As a part of the Open Day, we held our annual ISAAC Award ceremony – an opportunity for Indent to recognise and reward the dedication of our Indent teams and all the hard work that has gone towards furthering all-ages entertainment across NSW.
Hosted by Tom Tilley (triple j’s youth current affairs program ‘Hack’), the ISAAC awards take their name from Indent’s mascot, Isaac (Indent Super All Ages Crusader) – and it is an annual award ceremony and opportunity for local organisations, youth workers and young people to be recognised and celebrated for exceptional efforts towards their local entertainment scene.
Each of the ten categories are supported by industry professionals, reflecting the high standards expected by each of the event teams that are funded through Indent’s Partnership grants.
And the winners are…
BEST EVENT | SUPPORTED BY BIG DAY OUT
Shorefest, North Sydney
Attracting thousands of young people from all over the North Shore, this punk and hardcore festival has become not only a premier every for the region but a top hit for youth week. In 2011 Shorefest featured Carpathian, Break Even, Hand of Mercy and more!
BEST TEAM | SUPPORTED BY YOUTH WEEK
Rock The YAC, Byron Bay
A motivated, hard working team that consistently stages events at an industry-standard, professional level. Music events are always a lot of hard work and things will always go wrong, no matter how carefully you plan. Successfully and creatively trouble-shooting these issues on the fly and de-briefing ways to make each event better is what makes the Rock The YAC team outstanding.
BEST MEDIA | SUPPORTED BY FBi Radio
Coolamon Shire Youth Action Group
The year’s Best Media winner was able to attract a huge amount of media coverage for their event back in April 2011. Regular, strategically targeted media releases ensured wide-ranging coverage and establishing partnerships with local media prior to the event resulted in pre-event interviews and a healthy buzz in the lead up. Gig listings, interviews, photos and features formed the impressive portfolio of online and print media coverage.
BEST SUPPORT ORGANISATION | SUPPORTED BY YAPA
Bland Shire Council, West Wyalong
Bland Shire Council have taken a particularly active role in building opportunities for their young people to get experience in the music, media and events industries. As well as putting on the awesome ‘West Fest’ and hosting one of the recent Indent Tour gigs with Tonight Alive, Lauren & Kirsty from the Council have been instrumental in creating innovative promotional and communications opportunities such as getting some young people hosting segments on community radio as well as starting a local youth + music street press magazine called “Bland Shire Unplugged”.
BEST SAFETY + TRANSPORT | SUPPORTED BY NRMA
Bathurst Regional Youth Council Events Working Party
As well as successfully putting on the “Own It” youth week celebration back in April, the Bathurst team also instituted a range of security strategies including 3 security guards, Youth Network Youth Week Working Party staff, Youth Council members and Bathurst Aquatic Centre staff. Not only did the event go off with a safe & relaxed atmosphere, but there were no drug or alcohol incidents AND a free shuttle bus was provided back and forth to a range of suburb drop-off points.
ISAAC OF THE YEAR | SUPPORTED BY INDENT
Nathan Marshall and Sam Martin, Bega Valley
ISAAC of the year goes to someone that has gone above and beyond to support and foster all-ages entertainment in their area, especially with the view to creating a sustainable scene with a promising future. This year the award is shared between Nathan Marshall and Sam Martin from the Bega Valley. They have worked together in different capacities for Bega Valley Shire Council and Candello Arts Society and have recently established and mobilized the Momentum Music & Media youth team as a forward thinking, motivated and creative independent music and events organization.
BEST POSTER | SUPPORTED BY LOVE POLICE
Noisy By Choice, Burwood
Amazing colours, interesting design, eye catching detail. What more is there to say about this year’s best poster winner for Burwood’s Noisy By Choice Talent Quest?
BEST PHOTOGRAPHY | SUPPORTED BY BOUDIST
Dylan Oliver, Cowra
Dylan Oliver is a key member of the Cowra Youth Council and was given the position of team leader for the recent tour with Tonight Alive. Not only did he coordinate the Cowra team on the day of the gig, but also found time to take some awesome photos as well. The winning photo is a perfectly framed action shot of lead singer, Jenna McDougal on stage.
LOCAL SUPPORTER AWARD | SUPPORTED BY MUSICNSW
Blacktown Youth Services Association
Last year, The Loft youth venue in Newcastle was threatened with closure by the Newcastle City Council’s sustainability review. The Save the Loft campaign, consisting of a dedicated group of young people and spearheaded by Nicole Molyneux, lobbied and demonstrated and secured the safety of the venue for the immediate future.
ALL AGES BAND SUPPORTER AWARD | SUPPORTED BY APRA
The all-ages band supporter award goes to acts who show commitment to young people through playing all-ages shows. Tonight Alive are redefining all-ages entertainment – every tour they announce always contains a caters to their youngest fans, as well as many regional fans.
Check out some photos from the 2011 ISAAC Awards: