Meg Kirby wins place in Big Sky Girls Song Writing Program

Thursday 16 Aug

Concordia Year 11 student Meg Kirby has been awarded the opportunity of a lifetime, winning a coveted place in the Big Sky Girls song writing mentoring program for 2018. ​Meg is the only Toowoomba girl to receive a place in the six-month mentorship aimed at creative development and establishing music careers for young women in regional Queensland.

Big Sky Girls provides successful participants aged 15 to 25 years with a rigorous mentoring process and includes professional recording of a song written by each participant and an invitation to perform at a showcase in Brisbane.

Meg travelled to Brisbane in July to participate in the initial three-day workshop, working with mentors, recording one of the songs she has written and participating in a professional photoshoot.

As a Big Sky Girl, Meg participates in a song writing club that collaborates online every week where the girls share a song they have written and receive feedback from other participants.

At the end of the program, Meg will record a final song which will be released on iTunes and Spotify.

To enter the Big Sky Girls program, Meg was required to submit two original songs as well as a 100 word biography. The songs she entered were called Wildfire and My Way Home. 

She was shortlisted for ACMF songwriting competition in 2017 and recently won a USQ Get Songwriting prize for Wildfire.

Despite the rigours of her senior studies, Meg is also currently working on her debut EP album with the first single planned for release later this year.

Meg, who aspires to be a singer and musician when she finishes school, says winning a place in the Big Sky Girls program feels like a wonderful achievement.

“After being shortlisted for other competitions and just missing out in the past, it has been so good to be awarded a place in this amazing program,” she said.