Gold Gui­tars new prize

Newslink - - DUCK HUNTING - RACHAEL KELLY

Win­ning a prize at the New Zealand Gold Gui­tars is a great boost for a per­former’s ca­reer, but this year the over­all win­ner will get an ex­tra boost.

Rivers­dale singer and former win­ner Kayla Ma­hon has put to­gether a $15,000 prize pack­age for this year’s win­ning per­former that will lead to them record­ing and re­leas­ing a sin­gle, mak­ing a mu­sic video, per­form­ing at fes­ti­vals and re­ceiv­ing mar­ket­ing and men­tor­ing sup­port.

‘‘I wanted to help the Gold Gui­tars in some way be­cause it has helped me so much.

‘‘This pack­age will help with the pres­tige of the event.’’

Ma­hon has used her con­tacts in the mu­sic in­dus­try to put the pack­age to­gether.

Her Nashville-based pro­ducer will pro­duce the win­ner’s new sin­gle, Sarah Per­riam of Per­riam Me­dia & En­ter­tain­ment Group will pro­vide sup­port and ad­vice and the win­ner will also at­tend the DAD Sheep Sta­tion Song­writer’s re­treat in Aus­tralia.

Ma­hon hoped the new prize would bring some new en­tries to the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘It takes con­nec­tions to get to where you want to be and mak­ing those con­nec­tions can take years.

‘‘This pack­age will give some­one a great start, I wish I could have won some­thing like this when I was there, it would have been a dream come true.’’

The New Zealand Gold Gui­tar Awards will be held on June 2-4 at the Gore Town and Coun­try Club sta­dium in Gore.

Kayla Ma­hon has put to­gether a prize pack­age.

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