Applications open once a year. 2023 dates to be announced.

Vermilion High is a project initiated by QUT’s student-run record label Vermilion Records. The label teams up with high school students to give them a platform to record and release an original song. Where the average high school student may consider their bedroom music-making hobby to be ‘messing around,’ Vermilion High calls that potential! The program looks support bands, solo artists and anything in between – no genre is off the table.

With the goal to get original local Brisbane music heard, Vermilion Records coordinates this awesome initiative every year that sees industry professionals and final-year university student mentors give feedback to the high school entrants. From there, the lucky winners get the opportunity to workshop their song and are invited to record and produce their track in QUT’s state-of-the-art studios.

Once the young up-and-coming artists have had their music professionally workshopped, recorded and produced, Vermilion Records releases and promotes an album of high quality, catchy tunes. The label handles licencing for a year, while the students keep the copyright to their song, and get to retain any profits their music may make. Vermilion High is dedicated to supporting and collaborating with students who may not otherwise be encouraged to follow their dreams.

Check out the talented 2022 winners and finalists below, or read more about Vermilion High on our blog. You can listen to Vermilion High Volume 3 on most major streaming services.


2022 Finalists

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