Beat Column, January 27, 2016

The Push Beat All Ages Column
Wednesday January 27, 2016
With Grace Kindellan

Attention songwriters! Push Songs’ innovative and inspiring song writing mentoring program continues into its 8th year throughout February and March 2016 and, as always, it’s FREE! Successful applicants will take part in three one-on-one song writing workshops and are invited to join the Tuesday Night Song Club to meet and share ideas and live performance opportunities. Working alongside Push Songs coordinator Charles Jenkins, will be a bunch of super talented song-writers including Adalita (Magic Dirt), Wil Wagner (The Smith St Band), Ainslie Wills and Paul Dempsey (Something for Kate).Participants of all ages and from all corners of the state are encouraged to apply for the Brunswick-based program with more details available at

Looking for a head-start and some good advice in the music industry? The 2016 FReeZA Mentoring Program matches up enthusiastic young people with established music industry professionals who provide one-on-one mentoring and support in areas as diverse as event management, performance, technical production, publicity, and music business. This program is open to people between the ages of 18-25 who live in Victoria and have an interest in working in the music industry. Applications close on Sunday January 31 and are available here:

We have also added to our 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 master-classes and an exclusive development weekend where participants will work on craft and career with a range of experts. There are ten places available for SQUAD with more details and applications 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. Head to for more details.

Tonight, and every Wednesday night until the end of March, you can check out music across three stages at the Queen Victoria Night Market from 5pm till 10pm. This week you can hear whiskey-drenched, French blues from Emilee South, indie boyband Woodlock and bone-rattlin’, shimmy-shakin’ one man band Tim Scanlan. For more information and details of upcoming line ups, check out

There’s plenty of other free live music happening in and around the city, with MPavillion’s summer program heating up the Queen Victoria Gardens. This Friday you can check out one of the Between a Thought and a Feeling performance lecture series presented by Interval about what is at play when we give voice to an image. It starts at 7.00pm and will feature contemporary Melbourne artists Eugenia Lim, Benjamin Lichtenstein and Gabrielle de Vietri. Stick around afterwards to hear Superstar perform ‘Heavy Nettles (Part II),’ a special piece that will see different material stretched, skewed, abridged and combined to create deep dirges and warbling drones with glistening, pastoral pop overtones. You can find more details for the lecture and information about the DJ set at

All Ages Gig Guide

Friday 29 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

Collab CD Launch, w/ Momoko Fergusson, Immanuel Dreesens, Spring Creek Reserve, Torquay, 4.00pm – 8.00pm, Free, AA

Saturday 30 January

Surf Coast Shire and Coastal Productions, Barwon South West Skate Series, w/ TBA, Torquay Skate Park, Beach Road, Torquay, 1.30pm, Free,, AA