Entries are now closed for the 2023 Groundwater KIX-Start Competition.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday 3 October 2023, we wish all entrants the best of luck!

Think you’ve got what it takes to be country’s next big artist? Let’s hear it then! 

Groundwater Country Music Festival (CMF) and KIX Country, are stoked to be bringing back the Groundwater KIX-Start competition to help country artists showcase their talent, kick-start their careers and gain experience within this wild but amazing industry!

Entries are open now and will close Sunday 17 September 2023, good luck! 


The winner of the 2023 Groundwater KIX-Start Competition will be treated to the ultimate prize in country music! Could all of this be yours soon?

  • Performance at the 2023 Groundwater Country Music Festival (inc. flights & accommodation)
  • Support Act for Lee Kernaghan as part of his national tour 
  • Exclusive, one on one song writing masterclass with award winning, number one hitmaker Phil Barton
  • Record a single at The Music Cellar studios with award winning music producer Rod McCormack
  • $6,000 PR package from Varrasso PR – Radio & Video Promotion, Song Appraisal
  • One on one mentoring experience with Casey Barnes, with the opportunity to pick the brain of one of the most successful and current Aussie artists
  • Promotion & distribution package from Play MPE
  • Radio support from KIX Country plus other KIX opportunities on air and online, as well as the opportunity to be involved at other KIX initiates and events across the year
  • Live touring workshop with Dan Biddle and Wheelhouse Agency
  • 12 x month strategic marketing plan from Market The Music 
  • ‘One on One’ mentor program with Gina Jeffreys
  • 12 x month scholarship with Gina Jeffreys National Songwriters, led by Max Jackson 

2023 Judges

This is your chance to show off your music to the best in the industry! 

The 2023 Groundwater KIX-Start judges include award-winning country artists like Lee Kernaghan, Casey Barnes, Gina Jeffreys & Rod McCormack, as well as KIX Country Director Justin Thompson and Groundwater CMF Festival Director Mark Duckworth. 

Hear it from 2022 winners - Ella & Sienna!

Ella & Sienna

“We are so grateful to Groundwater CMF and KIX Country for getting behind emerging artists like us, the talent this year was UNREAL!

What an incredible opportunity and one of the craziest prize packages EVER! THANK YOU!”


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