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In 2018 our students were invited by Gill Tee and Debs Shilling to manage a stage at the very first Black Deer Country and Americana Festival.  This was an amazing opportunity for our students to gain real-life experience of working at a festival in various roles including, artist liaison, sound engineer, health and safety, stage management and many more! 

Leading up to this wonderful event, we were visited by several industry professionals connected to the festival. 

One visit was from country artist Sonia Leigh. Watch the video below to see what Sonia and the students got up to!

We repeated the experience in 2019 and we are thrilled to have been invited back for Black Deer 2021! 

Our work with Black Deer is integrated into our curriculum all year round. Students will be involved with all areas of managing our stage, including booking artists. 

We can't wait to continue this partnership with Black Deer and we are already looking forward to having our students repeat this wonderful experience in 2021. 

Check out the links below: 

Click the image below to read a review of Black Deer 2019 written by former SupaJam student, Katie Titus:

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Gill Tee, one of Black Deer's founders, had this to say about our students involvement at the festival: 

"In 2018, we produced the inaugural Black Deer Festival.  As I have been a mentor to the students, part of the festival was dedicated to the students of SupaJam. Not only did they work alongside our industry mentors for months in advance to curate their own SupaJam stage at the festival, they worked tirelessly at the festival itself - managing the stage, learning technical productions skills, photographing artists and forming part of the journalism team blogging live from a field. 

This experience, which will be an integral part of our festival each and every year, helped the students understand more about their future careers,  and most importantly, start to really believe in themselves and everything they have been able to achieve through hard work and determination.  

It’s been an incredible journey to watch so many of the students grow in confidence over time, and we are proud to see what this opportunity has meant to them."- Gill Tee


Gill visiting SupaJam with Sonia Leigh