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A Rouse Hill local is paving the way to a successful music career after winning the ‘best mix of an original song’ category at the TAFE NSW Innovative Music Mixing Awards. 

The prestigious awards are presented state-wide every year as a result of a partnership with TAFE NSW and leading audio software and video editing company Avid and technology company Innovative Music. This year, winners hailed from Wollongong, Ultimo and Nirimba in categories such as best mix of an original composition, and best original sound design for film, game or podcast.  

Trisha Maddy’s song ‘One Look’ scored her the win after graduating from the Advanced Diploma of Electronic Music at TAFE NSW Ultimo. The 28-year-old is now working as a freelance audio engineer and Ableton technician. 

“I am thrilled to receive this award, which is a credit to the 12 months of hard work I put into co-writing and producing 12 songs,” Trisha said. 

“I would not have been able to achieve this without the help of my TAFE NSW teachers, who were flexible and able to customise our learning materials to ensure we were getting the most out of our course.” 

TAFE NSW Creative and Design Ideation Industry Innovation Specialist Steve Bull said the awards are a culmination of a successful partnership with Avid. 

“TAFE NSW works closely with industry to set our students up for a successful career,” Mr Bull said. 

“Avid provided hundreds of students with free subscriptions to their music software throughout the pandemic so they could continue to learn from home. 

“The winners of the awards have received more editing software and products from Avid and Innovative Music to give them the best start to their music journey.” 

In 2020, the value of Australia’s music industry dropped to $86 million due to COVID-19 but is projected to increase to around $839 million by 2024 as live music and the creative arts industry roars back to life, according to a report by Statista. 

Avid Technology Audio Partner Account Manager Head of Marketing Shauna Purcell, said Avid are thrilled to be a part of this exclusive and unique opportunity to support next-gen users’ creativity.  

“Our relationship with TAFE NSW has always been strong, but we’re excited to see it grow by the continuous efforts of the TAFE NSW staff with their innovative ideas on how to collaborate further, to support their student’s creativity and progression in the music industry,” Ms Purcell said. 

“We want to congratulate all the applicants for their efforts, and truly hope the selected winners of each category enjoy their new Avid & Industry product prizes.”  

If you are interested in studying music and sound production at TAFE NSW, visit 

To hear the winning tracks from TAFE NSW students, click here

Media Contact: TAFE NSW Communications Specialist, Emma Woodward,, 0409 618 291