By Louis Mayfield - October 12th 2018
Stormfront Productions, which has provided a crucial mentoring service for budding musicians in Whyalla, have made it to the Top 4 in the small business category of the South Australian Community Achievement Awards.
The business is comprised of experienced musicians Alison Hams and Mark Tempany, who have regularly been involved in the community by providing a tutoring service and hosting concerts such as the JAMM 4 Genes.
Stormfront aims to go beyond their duty as a business by providing programs like the Whyalla Recording Scholarship, which creates an important pathway for budding musicians to pursue their goals.
“This is what we love to do for the community...we try to give as much back as possible,” Ms Hams said.
Mr Tempany said it was often hard for ‘arts’ businesses to break through in competitions, because they are often not recognised as a business.
“The fact that Stormfront is being taken seriously and compared with other businesses is fantastic,” he said.
Despite being a troubling time for the city, Mr Tempany believes the Arrium crisis helped shine a light on Whyalla’s small businesses.
“It’s alerted a lot of people in Adelaide to the challenges everybody who operates here has faced over the last two or three years. That’s made us look very strong and inspiring,” he said.
When not hosting their own events, Stormfront are regularly involved in supplying musical equipment or acts for community events such as Carols In The Park and the ANZAC Eve Vigil.
The duo also regularly have individual tutor sessions with students at their private studio. They have mentored some students right through high school.
“We’ve had some students who have been with us for 10 or 11 years and are in Adelaide in uni now,” Ms Hams said.
"We are available to people of all ages and all abilities. I’ve tutored students with special needs...we’ve taught a student as young as four and a man as old as 89.”
Those young people tutored by Stormfront Productions often go on to do great things, including Arno Bay musician Dayna Duncan who was recently inducted into the Brand SA Hall of Fame Youth Category.
Dayna, who is now studying to become a doctor, recently emailed Stormfront praising them for their guidance over the years.
“She said she owes a lot of who she is today to the self-worth she developed through doing the community gigs with us,” Ms Hams said.
Stormfront Productions were also inducted into the Brand South Australia Hall of Fame.
The winners of the South Australian Community Achievement Awards will be announced at an Awards Gala Presentation Dinner on Friday, November 2 at the Hilton Adelaide.
Whyalla's "STORMFRONT PRODUCTIONS"
has been named a FINALIST in the prestigious
2017 SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MUSIC AWARDS
in the category of "BEST STUDIO".
The SAM Awards exist to recognise, celebrate and
promote excellence in South Australian music.
Owned and operated by Mark Tempany and Alison Hams
Stormfront's STUDIO A and STUDIO B facilities combine with a
Mobile Recording Unit to provide a powerful & widely available professional
service to our region and beyond, regularly coordinating
audio & video projects for international release.
CHECK OUT our latest project for
WHYALLA RECORDING SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
17 year old BREEZE MILLARD at www.breezemillard.com
Whyalla's 11th Annual "JAMM 4 GENES" has taken
Staging "Concert Style" for the first time - Australia's
longest-running Jamm provided a 2.5 hour extravaganza of
entertainment, sponsored by STORMFRONT PRODUCTIONS,
performed by young people for young people.
Join Mark Tempany, Alison Hams and special guests as they help launch Whyalla Recording Scholarship winner BREEZE Millard's debut single "I Have My Own Life" in a unique concert experience!
Easter SUNDAY April 16th 2017
at Whyalla Public Library
Mark Tempany & Alison Hams were part of the all-star cast of
Presented by Mario Maiolo Promotions the "full house"
(many of whom travelled from far and wide) enjoyed a star-studded concert of
Country hits & classics and clapped and cheered their way through the night!
By LOUIS MAYFIELD August 2nd 2016
Local music talent will now have an opportunity to further their professional careers thanks to a new joint initiative by Stormfront Productions and the Whyalla City Council.
The inaugural Whyalla Recording Scholarship was launched on Monday, which allows young singers, songwriters and musicians to audition for the chance to record in a local professional recording studio.
Stormfront Productions' Alison Hams said the initiative was aimed at developing a true Original Artist and getting them and their music out to the greater world".
Acting Council Chief Executive Officer Migelle Hiscock said the council were "very keen" to be supportive of the scholarship, which had been identified as a positive initiative by the Whyalla Youth Council.
Whyalla residents aged 12 to 19 can audition for a panel of judges who will award the Scholarship to a Winner, and offer constructive advice to all other Entrants. “The Winner has six months to record their song, then the next six months will be a mentorship of music management for them and their Single” Ms Hams said.
Entry forms can be found at www.whyallarecording.com
– entries close on September 9th 2016.
Whyalla singer-songwriters Alison Hams and Mark Tempany have been recognised for their years of service to the region, being inducted into the Brand South Australia Regional Awards Hall of Fame.
The couple's music service Stormfront Productions was inducted last Wednesday night at the South Australian Regional Awards for the Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula region.
The awards were held at the Westland Hotel Motel with about 200 guests celebrating the achievements of individuals, groups and businesses in the region.
Stormfront Productions has been previously recognised in the awards arts category in 2006 and 2010 - the business picking up its third award for service to the arts and creative industries at last week's awards ceremony to earn a place in the Hall of Fame.
Ms Hams said it was interesting to see that arts award category changed this year to incorporate arts and creative industries to recognise viable arts businesses. "We're very proud that the arts cannot only be recognised as creative and sometimes just as a hobby but can also be seen as a sustainable full-time business and as far as Stormfront Productions is concerned, offering a valuable service to the region," she said.
Ms Hams said Stormfront Productions has had a long history with the awards and she and Mr Tempany strongly supported what the South Australian Regional Awards were all about. "We really support Brand SA and their promotion of the regions and for them to have these awards to acknowledge people in country areas that are thinking big is great".
Mr Tempany said it was an incredible honour to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and be provided recognition as a business that might not otherwise "fit in".
"These guys have a really broad view of the regions in everything, not just the arts," Mr Tempany said. “We love that we can use what we can do as musicians to give back - and it's so cool that they're recognising the things that sometimes slip through the cracks."
A number of Whyalla businesses and community organisations were winners on the night with Whyalla Aged Care picking up the Telstra Large Business Award for its professional service in meeting the increasing needs of an ageing population in the region. Bedford Group Eyre Peninsula took out the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Education Foundation of South Australia Community Group Award for its valuable services in both the Whyalla and Port Lincoln communities.
Rounding out the winners was UniSA's Department for Rural Health Sport 4 Rural Health initiative, picking up the ReturnToWorkSA Award.
Saturday 15th November 2014 saw Stormfront Productions proudly present its
The 2-hour show - celebrating a decade of Stormfront's Music Tuition Service operating in Whyalla - featured 52 performers ranging in age from 4 to adult, and a wide cross-section of soloists, groups, duo's, instrumental and band pieces.
On Wednesday 1st of October 2014, Mark Tempany & Alison Hams
performed at the Brand South Australia Regional Awards Night.
The South Australian Regional Awards are held annually to celebrate and showcase
the achievements of individuals, groups and organisations that have made significant contributions to regional South Australia
The Whyalla & Eyre Peninsula Awards were held at the prestigious
Port Lincoln Hotel with an elegantly presented gourmet two-course meal,
an array of local wine, a selection of South Australian beer and of course Mark & Alison as entertainment.
Mark & Alison soundcheck, walk the red carpet, and perform to a full house at the Awards
Pictured are Mary Donnelly (National Manager) & Nermeen Yacoub - Events & Community Fundraising at CMRI in Sydney receiving the cheque for $500.
In 1994 the LIONS Club of Tamworth Peel Valley Inc. instigated an award to honour people involved in Country Music who have used their musical talents to give community service in a voluntary capacity.
In 2014 Mark Tempany and Alison Hams from Whyalla, South Australia were selected to receive the 21st Australian Country Music Community Service Award at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
The Award will be presented by Peel Valley Lions Club president Mike Ham live on air on Tamworth Toyota Festival FM on Tuesday 21st January at 11.30am.
Mark and Alison, both accomplished artists in their own right, have given many years of service in co-ordinating and performing at Whyalla’s Carols In The Park.
The pair raises money and donates performances for local events such as the Whyalla Tappers, Relay For Life, and aged care facilities as well as national charities J.D.R.F and the Children’s Medical Research Institute.
They also mentor and encourage many young artists to embrace their musical talents through their successful Stormfront Music Tutoring service in Whyalla, and through workshops and talent quests at festivals all over Australia.
Mark and Alison will receive a distinctive trophy created by Tamworth renowned ceramic artist Fred Hillier and a cheque for $500 which they will donate to the Children’s Medical Research Institute.
By Daine Hoffman - Thursday November 14th
Local music icons Alison Hams and Mark Tempany have been awarded a prestigious Country Music SA Country Music Industry Award.
The award was presented at Country Music SA's Champion of Champions awards night.
However the pair was not able to attend the awards night as they had already committed to performing at the Whyalla Tappers charity concert.
Because of this the pair did not find out about the award until they were surprised on live radio.
Radio Adelaide DJ Tamara Wellman knew about the award and arranged the interview under false pretences, with the pair thinking they were going to discuss their project the "Jelly Baby Song".
"When Tamara began to tell us how she had attended the presentations the night before, we thought that was lovely, however we weren't quite sure how announcing all the winners during our interview was relevant, but it soon became apparent," Mr Tempany said.
"We are very honoured and dedicate the award to our family, friends and supporters who allow us to do what we do and love," Alison said.
The pair said they were surprised to have the award announced on live radio.
"Even though we knew it (the awards night) was on, it had kind of gone off our radar a little," the pair said.
"The radio interview was a really nice way for Country Music SA to announce it, and we were actually a bit speechless but very honoured nonetheless."
The pair said as the Christmas period comes around they were busy with a number of commitments for them and their students.
The biggest event for them will be "Carols In The Park".
They said they would love to release some new material in the future.
"The focus for 2013 was always our charity single"Jelly Baby Song", so now we would like to get into the studio and demo some more of our songwriting," the pair said.
"We have both released solo albums up to this point, so a collaboration of the two of us would definitely be a long term goal."
However Mr Tempany and Ms Hams said it was hard to find time for themselves, but agreed that they would not have it any other way.
"Whether we are teaching music, organising concerts, travelling to country music festivals or working in the studio, we feel that through music we can offer a little bit of joy and give back to the community, be that through teaching, performing or our charity work," they said.
Alison & Mark with fellow Community Service Award winners and
Whyalla's Mayor on 26th January 2012.
Mark and Alison Hams have won a 2012 Australia Day Community Service Award for their contributions to the Whyalla music scene -
Alison said "This award pays true testimony not just to the work Mark & I enjoy doing - but also to the fantastic dedication shown by our students over recent years to donate their talents and energies to community causes".
Alison also won Whyalla's "Young Citizen Of The Year" award in 1999 - and LIONS Onesteel "Carols In The Park" won "Community Event Of The Year" in 2010.