Beat Column, January 06, 2016

The Push Beat All Ages Column 
Wednesday January 06, 2016
With Grace Kindellan

Here at The Push we are stoked to announce that we’re adding to our suite of Music Industry Mentoring opportunities with a new program for women performers in 2016. It’s called SQUAD and it will provide women performers aged 18 – 25 with the chance to be teamed up with industry professionals, attend special masterclasses and an exclusive development weekend where participants will work on craft and career with a range of experts. It’s a really exciting and important time for women in Melbourne’s music community, with movements like LISTEN drawing attention to sexism in the music community and fully recognising the contribution of femme artists. There are ten places available for SQUAD with more details and applications available at

Fed Square Live is here to ease you into the summer music season with a series of free, outdoor performances every Thursday from 5.30pm at, you guessed it, Fed Square. Relax into a deckchair and unwind as the sun sets over some of Melbourne’s most talented acts. This week you can catch NSW guitarist Jack Biilmann playing a blend of folk, roots and blues who has been tipped as a rising star after the release of his debut album in 2014. Alex Lahey will be playing super catchy indie pop songs filled with her characteristically witty lyrics and Junor is kicking things off with a hiphop set backed by a dreamy, ethereal soundscape. Head to

There’s plenty more free music in and around the city, with the City of Stonnington’s Sunset Sounds, a series of live Sunday evening live music across the City’s beautiful parks and gardens. The three events are free and will combine some of Australia’s best-loved musical talent with some of Melbourne’s best food trucks in a lush, natural setting. This week it’s starting off with much-loved folk-pop band The Audreys playing on Sunday evening January 10 from 6pm in Victoria Gardens, Prahan. Check out for more info.

For all the creative and musical high school students out there, JMC Academy is running a series of workshops over the school holidays guaranteed to banish boredom and hone your talents. There are sessions on everything from pro-tools to animation to entertainment business and at $15 – $20 they’re unlikely to blowout your budget. For dates and more information check out and get in quick! This year they’re running from Thursday January 14 to Thursday January 21.

If you’re keen on learning more, Darebin FReeZA group Yeahnah2k15 is hosting a workshop in conjunction with Men Imitating Machines and Decibel Records about using bass, guitar, drums and MIDI controllers to control Ableton Live. It’s on Saturday January 30 from 1pm to 4pm at Decibel Records Studios, which is upstairs at the Reservoir Library. The workshop is open to all ages and all skill levels but there are only twenty places available so you’ll need to book and payment takes the form of a donation. Head to for more info.

Are you more interested in the news side of radio? Fitzroy community station 3CR is looking for a Current Affairs Coordinator to work part time during 2016. The role includes providing resources to breakfast presenters and producing current affairs segments. It’s a fantastic opportunity for someone who has broadcast skills, an interest in news and an understanding of 3CR’s values. Check for more details.

Friday January 8 and every following Friday in January  

FReeZA Summer Market Series w/ Cooper Lower, Chloe and Nicola, Angela and Mitch, Louis Chilton, Paddy Brady, Ditto, Warrnambool Civic Green and Lake Pertobe, 4.30pm – 8.30pm, Free,, AA