Music Mentor 2019

Music: Count Us In (MCUI), Australia’s largest school music advocacy and participation program, is thrilled to announce Jack River as the music mentor for 2019. Each year, MCUI helps over 745,000 students schools across the country participate in music education by providing resources and skills development opportunities for teachers.

Jack River wears many hats – musician, songwriter, festival curator/director and successful business woman. With 3 ARIA nominations under her belt, she will be an inspiring role model for MCUI’s songwriters and students in 2019.

“I’m so excited to work with young songwriters on this extremely important and ridiculously fun project. Music heals, inspires and pushes mental boundaries – to be a part of spreading its importance on a national and educational level is really exciting.” 

Hailing from a small NSW coastal town, Jack River has played sell out shows throughout Australia. Last year she released one of the year’s most inspiring pop records, Sugar Mountain, an ode to an imagined youth that she was never able to realise. Following a family tragedy which turned her world upside down, she used songwriting as a survival tool.

Jack River is also the mastermind behind Grow Your Own Festival in her hometown of Forster, an event which celebrates music, art, food and agriculture of the region, and the Electric Lady movement – a platform to amplify the strength of women in music, politics, science, sport and beyond.

Jack River will be joining our four 2019 MCUI Songwriters and Program Ambassador, John Foreman, to write this year’s song on 7 May 2019 at Church Street Studios in Sydney. We can’t wait to hear what they come up with!

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