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2017 Annual Fundraiser Event

Come and join us at the Nick Balcombe Foundation 2017 Grant Recipient Presentation and Annual Fundraiser at MONA. Both the "Live Your Dream" grant & the "Kickstart" award are to be presented. We have been overwhelmed again at all the amazing applications submitted: an incredible mix of genres highlighting the amazing music being made in Tas! The decision is going to be a tough one… again! Bring the family, and gather in memory of Nick to help support the burgeoning Tasmanian music scene! Nitty Gritty: When: Feb 26 from 1 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. ish...

2017 Grant Applications are now Open

Applications for the 2017 Nick Balcombe Foundation Grant are now open. Through Nick’s legacy the Nick Balcombe Foundation (NBF) offers a ‘leg up’ via an annual grant, to a motivated and enthusiastic up and coming musician and/or band from Tasmania. Following such an amazing response to 2016 inaugural grant, the NBF is offering two grants for up and coming Tasmanian musicians who want to get to the next level of the industry. The grants are as detailed below: The Kickstart Award will consist of 2 components: Website (including 1 year of hosting) and social media support Exposure and connections within the music industry to help navigate the challenges that the industry holds The Live Your Dream Grant will consist of 4 components: Financial assistance of $2,500 Website (including 1 year of hosting if required) and social media support Exposure and connections within the music industry to help navigate the challenges that the industry holds Simply click on the relevant...

New releases of Nick’s live performances

**** EXCITING NEWS!! **** Over the last few months we have been searching through Nicko’s hard drives for music recordings that might help us to record his posthumous album, and in doing so have uncovered some pretty amazing live recordings. We have recording’s from Tasmania, Australia, and from his travels in Europe, and all feature Nicko casually engaging the audience from his seat on the stage: softly spoken, laughing, and smiling. We all know how much effort Nick put into his music, and he was just as attentive towards which music he released for people to hear - most live versions were not quite perfect enough in Nick’s mind to be released! But now they take on new meaning: no longer is just about the skill and perfection of his playing, but for us the listeners (for Nicko’s loved ones around the world) it is about hearing Nick’s voice again and imagining his...

Awesome Tassie music talent at our annual fundraiser

Thankyou to everyone for coming along and supporting our event at MONA, also thanks to those of you who have helped but were not able to make it along. We have said our congratulations to Jed and Fibonacci but we really want to also promote the other artists that performed at our fundraiser. If you want to know more about them (and you should!) here is the set list and also some links to their music. Please check them out and support them, you might just discover your new favourite band. A special thanks to Ben Lawless for helping manage the stage, audio and everything else, thanks Legend! Finally, we just wanted to say that this is just a small selection of the amazing musicians who applied for this year's grant - thank you again to everyone who applied! We are blessed with such amazing talent in Tas! Set List: 1) Fibonacci https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtWEu6R4RwI 2) Hugo Bladel https://soundcloud.com/hugo-bladel/i-lose-my-mind https://www.facebook.com/hugobladelmusic 3)...

Thank you and congratulations

Well what a day. We are so humbled by the turnout today. A very quick head count at one stage yielded over 200, and there were many people that popped in for a visit during the day as well. There were 2 main goals of today: raising some additional funds to help us finish what Nick started by completing his album; and announcing the inaugural winner of the Grant. We still have to do a final count, but indications are that we have raised over $5,500. So thank you so much to all of those that came along today, and for parting with some of your hard earned money in order to get us closer to our target. We would also like to announce that Jed Appleton was the winner of the inaugural Nick Balcombe Foundation Grant. Please join us in congratulating Jed, and we look forward to working with him over the next 12...

Television interview – Let’s finish what Nick Started

Hey All, If you missed our recent TV interview with Sothern Cross News discussing our crowd funding campaign to 'finish what Nick started' please check out the link below. Great job Camo and Lou, and a massive thankyou to Katelyn Barry for putting such a great story together. Please donate to our capaign on pozible Lets finish what Nick started and help spread the work on social media by recording a short clip of yourself saying 'Lets finish what Nick started' and use the the following hashtag #lfwns See the clip for the 9th of feb 2016 - jump to 6:50 for our story Southern Cross News - 9th Feb 2016 ...

Pozible Campaign

The time has finally come to let you all know about this exciting project we have been working on. Imagine if you didn't get to finish your life's work. Our beautiful friend Nick touched many people through his music, friendship, professional life and family. Nick was a passionate Tasmanian living his his dream. Touring Europe, playing along side artists like Donavon Frankenreiter, and recording whenever time and funds allowed.  Following his tragic death in 2014 due to a stroke, his vast network of friends and fans have been keen to do something that celebrates his life and achievements, and create a legacy that Nick would be proud of. With the support of family and friends, we have created the Nick Balcombe Foundation that provides an annual grant for contemporary music in Tasmania. But there is some other unfinished business...

The Launch

After many beers and coffees over the past 18 months or so, The Nick Balcombe Foundation officially launched at 3pm today. The drizzly conditions in Hobart were not enough to dampen the spirits of all those that attended. It was a satisfying and emotional ocassion, with many laughs and some tears. The event was held in The Yard at The Brunswick Hotel, where Nick frequently played his beautiful music. At the launch, we also officially opened applications for the 2015 Grant. To apply for The Grant, click on the following link: [button size='' style='' text='Apply Now' icon='' icon_color='' link='http://nickbalcombefoundation.com.au/the-grant/2015-grant/' target='_blank' color='' hover_color='' border_color='' hover_border_color='' background_color='' hover_background_color='' font_style='' font_weight='' text_align='' margin='']   We would like to thank all of those who came along today and for being apart of this significant moment. We hope you enjoyed the sneak peak of our next exciting project. Keep living the dream....

Radio Interview

The day prior to launching our grant we had our first radio interview! For those of you who couldn't tune in live you can listen back to our radio interview with ABC 936 (from 38:19 to 53:24) Lou and Cam did a great job, nice work lads....