Foot In The Door

What is the FOOT-in-the-DOOR program?

FOOT-in-the-DOOR is a vibrant youth program that is supported by FReeZA and runs for the duration of the Queenscliff Music Festival.

Its purpose is to help emerging young artists showcase their talents, and as the name suggests get a ‘foot-in-the-door’ in the music industry. It gives young artists the chance to perform live in front of an audience at a nationally acclaimed music festival, which is a very valuable and rewarding experience for those selected artists.

There are two sections of the FOOT-in-the-DOOR competition: Folk & Blues, and Rock. Four-Six bands/artists will play in each section battling it out in front of a panel of industry judges and spectators for the Grand Prize.

Grand Prize - Winner of each competition receives the grand prize of a Yamaha LS16 Guitar worth $1099 thanks to our friends at Music Workshop

The 2018 FITD competition featured some up-and-coming stars. We received a record number of applications last year, and the competition for a spot was stronger than ever.

“You’d be crazy not to drop in for a few of these acts, as very shortly some of these artists will be selling out venues, and filling our Mainstage”. Andrew Orvis, Festival Director.

Past winners include:


Sunrise Monarch
Jimmy O'Hare

Nancie Schipper
Tom Walker & His Band of Sick Individuals
Heath Robertson

Darcy Fox
Hills Hoist
Edmund Mantelli

Connor Sheedy
Lamb Boulevard

Jack Wright
I'll be an Indian
Famous Will

What drives the FOOT-in-the-DOOR?

Not only is the FOOT-in-the-DOOR competition aimed at helping young emerging artists perform and compete at the QMF, it is also managed and run by youth.

The FOOT-in-the-DOOR youth program aims to bring young people from the Borough of Queenscliffe together to get involved in the Queenscliff Music Festival and with their community.

The program is proudly supported by FReeZA
"FReeZA is a Victorian Government initiative that supports young Victorians to get involved in their community by planning and running drug, smoke and alcohol-free music and cultural events for other young people"
To find out more information visit FReeZA

Members of the FOOT-in-the-DOOR committee gain a hands-on learning experience helping to develop skills in areas such as music management, event management, stage management and marketing just to name a few.

Want to be on the FOOT-in-the-DOOR committee?

Maybe you're between the ages of 15 - 25, live in the Bellarine/Geelong area (or even better, right in Queenscliff/Point Lonsdale), and are keen on being involved in the running and organisation of our great Festival?! Then the FOOT-in-the-DOOR committee is for you. It's a hands on experience into the wonderful world of event management. Keen? Contact FITD Youth Program Coordinator Louise:

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