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Prize feeds passion for music

HUNGRY for music fame, Helena Valley local Michael Bono and his band mates are eager to start their Australian tour now with help from a $9000 award.

The 21-year-old was announced the recipient of the Mundaring Arts Centre Robert Juniper Award last week but said the money would go towards The FAIM’s 2018 national tour.

“I felt so privileged to receive (the award), there were so many applicants, so many worthy applicants, so I felt privileged to receive it,” he said.

“$9000 is a lot of money, going on tour it will be super helpful.”

The Robert Juniper Award for the Arts is an annual award offered to a young person under the age of 35 in the Shire of Mundaring who excels at their chosen art form.

Faim, meaning hunger in French, represents the boy’s passion for music and drive for success.

Band mates Stephen Beerkens (Kalamunda), Josh Raven (Jane Brook) and Sean Tighe (Woodvale) are ending the year on a high after returning from Los Angeles with an international record deal.

“We’ve all been writing and practicing our hearts out… working all day from 11am until midnight sometimes until 6 in the morning,” Mr Bono said.

The Mundaring Arts Centre also presented The Bob and Trish Juniper Visual Arts $1000 prize to Cadon Gates for his lamp design Takotsubo.

By Claire Ottaviano

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