The annual Toyota Star Maker awards is following suit with Tamworth Country Music Festival as it today cancels its 2021 event.
However the event will continue with plans to come back, bigger and brighter to celebrate the 50th Tamworth Country Music Festival in 2022.
This only the second time in Toyota Star Maker history that the event has been cancels. The first of which was only a technicality, in 1983 the event was held over passed its usual October date to take place at the 1984 Tamworth Country Music Festival.
The 25 year event sponsor, Toyota has offered to extend its support of a car and fuel card to the current winner Sammy White.
“Sammy was a well deserving winner of the 2020 Star Maker but due to COVID-19, she hasn’t been able to travel or perform to further develop her career for most of the year. So Toyota is proud to extend her prize of the use of a RAV4 for another 12 months to give her the opportunity to get out and perform and showcase her talent to a broad audience as restrictions ease.” Said Toyota Australia Vice President Sales and Marketing, Sean Hanley.
“For 25 years, the prize package for Toyota Star Maker, worth more than $100,000, has been instrumental in developing and enabling up and coming country musicians the chance to really grow their careers. Many of Australia’s country stars including Keith Urban, Lee Kernaghan, Gina Jeffreys and Sam McClymont benefited greatly as Toyota Star Maker winners and we want to ensure Sammy has the same opportunity.”
“I’m looking forward to all the opportunities that are yet to come including festival performances at Gympie, Deni, Ballina, Mildura, a trip to Nashville with Chris Watson Travel and also with Cruisin’ Country.” Said 2020 Star Maker winner Sammy White.
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