Ultra Golden Country Music Association
Music in Communities Awards Finalist: 2012
Location: Yangan, QLD
This group from regional Queensland presents concerts throughout the year for older musicians, with a house band, and its involvement in the community includes supporting musicians in the area and performing for retirement homes and community events. It is best known for its annual country music festival specifically for Australians over 50 years of age.
One success factor in this festival is to create an environment where older musicians can perform and socialise among their peers, not competing against younger and career-oriented musicians. It started 12 years ago to assert the relevance of older musicians, and to promote the contribution of older musicians who sometimes go unrecognised.