Entrepreneur: Nolan Furnell Recipient of 2019 Screenworks Mentorship Program

Dubbo’s Nolan Furnell is one of four regional screen composers to receive a career boost, with selection in a tailored mentorship program.

The 2019 Screen Composing Bootcamp offers participants one on one time with industry professionals, thanks to a partnership between Screenworks and APRA AMCOS.

Nolan’s industry experience has mainly stemmed from his indie-electronic band ERASER. He has featured in locally-driven Lust for Live gigs, the Under Western Skies Festival and is a member of SOMAD (Songwriters and Original Musicians of Dubbo).

Nolan has been involved in various local music projects for 15 years. He scored the locally-filmed Pride Out West documentary in 2018 and supplied the music for an art exhibition for local artist Jack Randell. Nolan is also set to compose for a TV series called To the End of the Earth.

He says the opportunity arose via social media channels.

“They were looking for someone involved in the local community and the arts,” Nolan said.

“I’m quite involved in the music industry and my band is very active. Dubbo is a growing arts scene and more funding is going towards this area.”

Nolan hopes there will be more opportunities come from this exposure.

“As a career, it’s not that common. It’s very niche and the other thing is whether you work for money or artistic integrity.”

Nolan’s advice about the application process is to:

  • Show industry involvement
  • Demonstrate connectivity
  • Put together a portfolio or body of work

As part of the upcoming program, he will be mentored by Adam Gock from The D.A’s Office.