After growing up in Wagga dreaming of being a songwriter, one singer knows how tough the gig can be for aspiring musicians in regional areas.
Phoebe Pinnock has been named as one of three regional music officers with Music NSW in a pilot program to generate more music activity in the state's regional areas.
"Our local music is the glue that binds communities, it's the attraction that subtracts the traction from the everyday grind, and it can be the soundtrack to meeting the love of our lives," she said.
"It creates connections, friendships that last a lifetime and ultimately, it is the genesis of many families in my hometown.
"This role will seek to help develop and support artists, industry and venues, and it's about connecting artists to opportunities so they can grow."
The Regional Music Officer program is a 12-month pilot, completing in June 2020.
Ms Pinnock had to leave Wagga to follow her dreams of being a songwriter.
"I want to bring changes to the local area," she said.
"It's free support for artists and anyone interested in the music industry."
Ms Pinnock said her role would be focusing on connecting Riverina musicians with contacts outside of the region, adding she hopes to be able to facilitate more significant acts coming to town for shows.
Eastern Riverina Arts artistic director Scott Howie said having a regional music officer is a win for the region.
"There's only three across the state and to have one based here for this pilot program is fantastic," he said.
"Phoebe knows everybody, she is well-networked, she is a great musician, she is a professional promoter, and she knows it all.
"With her in the program, I think the Riverina music industry is going to soar."
Anyone interested in developing music careers, ideas, programs can contact Ms Pinnock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be a networking opportunity at Romanos on September 25 from 6pm to 8pm for those in, or interested in, the music industry.