Joel Abernethy was a young man from NSW, who began playing electric guitar at 11 years old. As his mother, Wendy said recently, “Music was his solace, his passion and his creative outlet”. Sadly, Joel passed away in 2010. ‘The Joel Abernethy Advantage’ was established by the ACMF in February 2014, with a generous donation from Joel’s parents, Wendy Smyrk and John Abernethy, to honour their son’s memory.

A discretionary award is made each year, to provide support and encouragement to a young ACMF music student who displays outstanding personal and musical attributes. If you would like to donate to the ‘Joel Abernethy Advantage Fund’, this will enable us to help more aspiring young musicians reach their goals.

Click here to find out more about Joel Abernethy.

Click here to find out more about the 2015 recipients.

Click here to find out more about the 2016 recipients.

Click here to read a memory of Joel written by John, his father and a video of Joel playing a song he wrote for his mother and grandmother.


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