April 2015 Newsletter

Walk This Way: hip hop program for international students

The program has now been released for Walk This Way, a free five week hip hop program of workshops, cultural institution tours, and cultural dinners for international students aged 18-30 during April/May.

Over the five weeks, participants will be mentored by professional artists in the hip hop forms of MCing, DJing, Breakdance and Street Art. They will tour some of Melbourne’s peak cultural institutions, including the Arts Centre Melbourne, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), and The Malthouse Theatre. To round things off, there will be cultural dinners at various spots around Melbourne, and a celebratory jam at DJ MzRizk’s Block Party event. Applications close April 17. More info / Apply

Bands wanted for 2015 Battle of the Bands

The 2015 series of FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands competition has officially taken off around Victoria! Heats will be held across the state from now until the end of August. The competition is open to any style of music, including bands, soloists, duos, hip hop artists, electronic acts, acoustic acts, etc up to 25 years old. For guidelines and an application form click here.

Check out if your local FReeZA committee is running a heat, by contacting them through the FReeZA website.

Dig Deep: Free hip hop mentoring program

Arts Centre Melbourne’s free hip hop mentoring program Dig Deep kicks off again next week, and they’re calling for young emcees, vocalists or beat makers aged 14-24 to get involved! An incredibly diverse range of young artists will work with a team of established hip-hop practitioners to create and present new work, develop peer mentoring skills and collaborate with young artists from other creative disciplines. It will run on Tuesdays 5pm at The Channel community space. Register at www.digdeep.org.au

Latest band interview: Yeo

Melbourne producer Yeo creates electronic indie pop that catches you and drifts along, “smoother than velvet” (Dave Ruby Howe, triple j Unearthed). With the skills to play a repertoire of instruments at his fingertips – keyboard, guitar, electronic drums – he has been releasing tunes to critical acclaim, captivating audiences with his live shows, and supporting the likes of Glass Animals, Peking Duk, and Kimbra. Amidst working on his latest album, we caught up with Yeo to chat about his craft. Read more…

Internship at The Music Network

The Music Network is looking for an editorial and data entry intern with a strong background in writing and a serious interest in the music industry. The position is two days per week and is responsible for researching and writing news stories and reviews, news aggregation, conducting interviews and pitching features. To apply send your resume, a cover letter and writing samples to poppy.reid@themusicnetwork.com by April 24.

BigSound 2015: Artist applications are open

BIGSOUND has been the breeding ground for some of the biggest Australian acts of the last decade, with national and international industry and punters converging on Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley to scout the next big thing. This year’s event will take over Fortitude Valley from September 9-11, with three days of panels, discussions and industry seminars and two nights of 140 bands across 14 live music spaces. Artist applications close May 15, for more info go to www.qmusic.com.au

Free mentoring for blues players

Love singing or playing the Blues? The Youth In Blues program kicks off again this May, where you can get free mentoring in the history of the Blues, beats and rhythms, Blues song writing, technical and performance skills. The sessions are presented by renowned Bluesman Wayne Jury with help from some of Australia’s best Blues musicians, and open to anyone under 25. Sessions will run fortnightly from May 2 in West Melbourne. Register at www.mbas.org.au

The Rosie Creators Award entries now open

The Rosie Creators Award (8 March – April 20) is open to Australian girls aged 12-20, helping them to kick start their creative journey. Writers, video makers, photographers and budding young activists are encouraged to enter! The theme for 2015 is ‘respect’ – for yourself, others or planet earth. Winners of each of the categories will be awarded $500, have their work featured on RosieRespect.org.au, and will be published in the next edition of Young Vagabond! Applications April 20, go to www.RosieRespect.org.au

This month’s writing competitions

The Bayside Writing Competition is now open for adult, teen and junior writers. Share your creative talent with the community, have fun with words and win prizes of up to $500. There’s categories for 12 and under, 13-17 years, and adults. Check out www.bayside.vic.gov.au and enter by April 24.

Field of Words is a website and bi-annual short story competition dedicated to helping emerging writers publish their work on-line. The competition is open to Australian writers aged 18 and over, who have had minimal publishing exposure in print. Short story entries must be between 1000 – 2,500 words long. Enter by April 30 at www.fieldofwords.com.au

More Opportunities….

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