Fine Music Ken Weatherley Jazz Scholarship

Meet Kate Wadey, Winner of the Inaugural Fine Music Ken Weatherley Jazz Scholarship!

About Kate

Kate Wadey began her performance career in Adelaide where she was singing in gospel choirs and jazz vocal ensembles at 13 years old. She completed her Honours in Acting at Flinders University in 2010, and now resides in Sydney’s hub of thriving Jazz musicians. Having made a side step towards music and away from theatre, Kate’s voice has led her in the right direction. The recent release of Kate’s second album ‘Moon Songs’ following her debut, ‘A Hundred Years From Today, ’ has seen her make waves in the notoriously difficult to crack live scene in Sydney as a jazz singer.

Kate regularly performs and records with the cream of Australia’s current crop of jazz musicians and composers including the likes of Geoff Bull, Bob Henderson, Ian Bloxhom, Andrew Dickeson, Dan Barnett, Matthew McMahon, Craig Scott, Chris O’Dea, Michael Griffin, Zoe Hauptman and Harry Sutherland. Wadey is the leader of her own bands and has performed at Manly Jazz, Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival, Sydney Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and Womadelaide to name a few. Kate also spends her working time collaborating with classical/contemporary composers and musicians such as Ben Ward, Chris Pidcock and Van-Anh Nguyen.

Following the release of both her albums, Kate has toured nationally twice as well as New Zealand and, most recently, Japan. Kate has also performed throughout the South Pacific Islands while preforming on cruise lines.

Locally Kate is a hard working performing musician, playing extensively throughout Sydney at many clubs, bars, venues, functions and events. Kate has mixed with many different musical outfits including The Cope St Parade, Michael Griffin Quintet, Arthur Washington Big Band, The Finer Cuts and The Swinging Blades to name a few.

About her Project
Throughout my career as a jazz vocalist I’ve had the privilege to collaborate with a vast spectrum of both established and emerging Australian artists. To date, much of the repertoire that we have explored has been ‘Standards’ taken from the ‘American Songbook,’ or otherwise my own, original compositions. In recent times it has come to my attention that many of my talented collaborative partners have also been budding composers. Hearing some of these performer’s often unreleased and seldom heard works was the catalyst for what has become the central focus of this project: to write lyrics to these contemporary instrumental compositions with the intention of recording a vocal jazz album of original Australian music.

As a singer I have long been infatuated with the power of lyrics and the narrative they can bring to a piece of music. I’ve reached out to several of the potential collaborators to explain my idea and some have already keenly sent through recordings, sketches and scores. So far, the composers have received my preliminary lyrical experiments with excitement and enthusiasm.

The financial support from this scholarship will be used to fund the composition and rehearsal of this new repertoire of songs along with the recording, mixing, mastering, printing, publicising and launching of the resultant album.

Follow Kate here: www.katewadey.com


About the Scholarship
The Fine Music Sydney Weatherley Scholarship assists young, outstanding individuals further their career in the Jazz field of music. This annual scholarship is made possible through the generous bequest of passionate music lover, Ken Weatherley.

Scholarship Value
The scholarship is valued at over $10,000 with a cash component of $5,000. The recipient will also receive support through Fine Music Sydney, with access to recording services and marketing support valued at $5,000.00.

Eligibility 
The project must not commence prior to 1 January 2020 and must be completed by 31 December 2021.

To enter, applicants must be:

  • Between the ages of 21 and 30 on 1 July in the year of application;
  • An Australian citizen, whose principal place of residence is Sydney and its environs;

Applicants must complete and submit all materials using the online entry form. Applications that are late or incomplete will not be considered. An application will be evaluated using all of the required information and selection criteria below.

If selected as a finalist, the applicant must be available for an interview or audition. If the applicant is not able to attend an interview in person during that week, due to extenuating circumstances, an alternative telephone or Zoom interview may be arranged (at the discretion of the Chair of the Judging panel).

The recipient must also be available for the presentation of the Scholarship at our Celebration of Fine Music event in September (date to be advised). The recipient will be required to sign an agreement with Fine Music Sydney acknowledging that they accept the Terms and Conditions governing the Award.

Selection Criteria

1. Project Outline
The applicant has provided a detailed Project Outline which covers the following items:

  • Name of the project;
  • The main goal in a single sentence, briefly describing the project;
  • Important dates and deadlines; 
  • Milestones and/or a list of tasks; 
  • Name, email and phone number of all participants;
  • Conditions that have to be met;
  • Potential risks

2. Project Budget
The applicant has provided a budget indicating the following items:

  • How $5000 cash component will be spent; 
  • How the $5000 value of Fine Music resources will be spent; 
  • How or if any other support has been or will be secured for the project.

3. Career Commitment
The applicant has actively demonstrated the interest, commitment and potential to have a viable career in performance or composition of jazz music.

4. Career Enhancement
The applicant has identified a detailed project or activity with the potential to significantly enhance the applicant’s career.

5. Project Management
The applicant has effectively demonstrated that they have the relevant project management skills to deliver the project on a timely basis with a clearly defined project timeline.

6. Fine Music Partnership 
The applicant has effectively demonstrated that the project will provide partnership opportunity with Fine Music Sydney, utilising Fine Music’s resources including studios, on-air channels and digital platforms to develop and promote the project while engaging with Fine Music’s stakeholders.

7. Project Documentation
The applicant has effectively outlined a plan to document the project’s journey over the 12 month period via a Podcast and or Blog, which will be shared with all Fine Music’s stakeholders at regular intervals (minimum of 4 instalments) throughout the year.