About

The Talent

Since 2013, The Talent continues to be a live-to-air performance radio series devised by 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne to provide opportunities for emerging musicians to help bridge the gap between their student and professional careers.

How does the program work?

Interested participants are scheduled for an audition either at Monash University or ANAM. From the audition, twenty lucky musicians are selected to perform live on-air in the 3MBS Lady Marigold Southey Performance Studio. Afterwards, musicians join presenter, Jess Carrascalao Heard and a panel of two industry mentors in the broadcast studio for an on-air interview and performance feedback.

Each performance is scored by the industry mentors. The three musicians with the highest scores will compete as finalists for a chance to win the season!

What do performers receive?

Apart from a wonderful performance opportunity on live radio and feedback from industry mentors, performers will also receive a free professional head shot, learn about marketing themselves as a musician, gain radio interview skills and more.

The season winner is awarded a Winners Recital at Classic Cinema. This is incisive of a professional recording and marketing package. The winner will also receive a feature in Limelight Magazine: Online Rising Star and more!

Who can apply?

The Talent is open to instrumentalists, vocalists and chamber groups under 35 years of age. Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander artists and those from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


3MBS Fine Music Melbourne

3MBS is Melbourne’s only local fine music radio station. Operating on a Community Radio licence, we rely on the financial support of listeners in the form of subscriptionsdonations and bequests.

Our broadcasters are all volunteers who are passionate about fine music and want to share their passion with like-minded community members. 3MBS engages a diverse community of almost 200 volunteers working in a range of activities including music cataloguing, radio production, sound engineering and administration. Our youngest volunteer is 23 years old and our oldest is 87!

Founded in 1975, 3MBS was the first 24-hour FM station in Victoria and led the way for the introduction of community radio in Australia. You can read more about the history of 3MBS here.

3MBS is a non-for profit organisation which is governed by a Board of Directors and managed by a small team of paid staff.

We passionately support fine music, especially Melbourne musicians and composers. We aim to be the leading fine music broadcaster in Melbourne by creating quality programs that are diverse and interesting, and by supporting our community of listeners, performers and composers.