Beat Column, June 1

The Push Beat All Ages Column
Wednesday June 8, 2016
With Grace Kindellan

The Push is excited to announce we will once again be offering our BIGSOUND scholarship in partnership with QMusic and Stage and Screen! The scholarship provides one person aged 18-25 with the opportunity to attend the BIGSOUND music conference in Brisbane from 7-9 September 2016. BIGSOUND delivers a world class program of panels and showcases, serving as the one of the most important events in the Australian music calendar. Along with travel and accommodation, the scholarship includes a delegate pass to attend BIGSOUND valued at $650, which can really help kick off a career in the music industry. Applications close on Friday 17 June. To apply, go to bit.ly/pushbigsound16.

Reckon you could do a good job writing this column? Now’s your chance! We are currently taking applications for the Gig Guide Coordinator internship here at The Push. It’s a one-day a week volunteer role and involves writing this column, researching opportunities for the website and helping out with heaps of other cool events and programs run by The Push. For more information about the position and how to apply, check out thepush.com.au.  Applications close 5pm, Wednesday June 15.

We’re taking expression of interest applications for the 2016 Face The Music program. If you’ve got a great idea for an industry panel, conversation or workshop, we’d love to hear from you! Successful applications may be chosen as part of the official 2016 Face the Music conference program or to run independently through the Melbourne Music Week Face The Music umbrella program. For more info, head to the Melbourne Music Week Face The Music EOI page: bit.ly/face16eoi. Get in quick! Applications close June 10th!

Songwriters around the world are invited to enter the 2016 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition! Named after legendary song writers and producers of AC/DC, The EasyBeats and more, the prize is worth AU $50,000 and past winners include Megan Washington (2009) and Kimbra (2011).Two runners up cash prizes are also on offer with second place receiving AU$10,000 thanks to AMPAL (Australasian Music Publishers Association) and third place taking home $5,000 courtesy of sponsor AEG Ogden. For more information on how to enter, check out apraamcos.com.au. Applications close 13 July.

The Queen Victoria Winter Night Market is off to a great start, with plenty of Melbourne’s finest alternative acts to warm your heart through these frosty months. Tonight you can catch the irresistible sounds of Australia’s premier Afro-Cuban Latin jazz group Los Cabrones. Plus, there will be delicious food, specialty shopping and quirky entertainers. It happens every Wednesday from 5pm-10pm at the Queen Victoria Market. Find more details at www.qvm.com.au.

The Melbourne International Singers Festival is going out with a bang this Monday with a concert at Fed Square featuring a 300 voice choir! Co-Presented by the School of Hard Knocks, the finale concert features the return of the King of Contemporary Choral music, Dr Kirby Shaw from the USA conducting many of his own stunning arrangements. It takes place from 2.30pm to 5pm on Monday June 13 with more information available at www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Whatson/Music/gigs/Pages/37c5d545-5908-4145-885f-37e9f70dc26d.aspx.

All Ages Gig Guide

Wednesday June 8

Queen Victoria Winter Night Market w/ Los Cabrones, Queen Victoria Market, Elizabeth & Victoria Streets, Melbourne, 5.00pm – 10.00pm, Free, www.qvm.com.au

Friday June 10

FReeZA Push Start Comp – Wodonga Heat w/ Adelaide, Chelsea Knight, Chelsea Reid, Hara Kiri, My Brothers Friends, Pozer, Visioner, Dread the Winter, The Cube Wodonga, 118 Hovell Street, Wodonga, 6.00pm – 10.00pm, $5, www.wodonga.vic.gov.au & www.facebook.com/wodongayouth, AA

FReeZA Push Start Comp – Heat 1 w/ Beneath Tomorrow’s Sun, Unchained Silence, Chloe West, Little Lexus, Sheltered, Wyndham Youth Resource Centre, 86 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing, 6.30 – 10.30PM, $10, www.youth.wyndham.vic.gov.au/events/botb_heat1, AA

Monday June 13

Melbourne International Singers Festival Finale Concert w/ Dr. Kirby Shaw, 300 voice choir, Federation Square, 2.30pm – 5pm, $20 adult $15 concession, www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Whatson/Music/gigs/Pages/37c5d545-5908-4145-885f-37e9f70dc26d.aspx, AA