Beat Column, September 30, 2015

The Push Beat All Ages Column
Wednesday September 30, 2015
With Grace Kindellan

What’s new in music news you can use this week?

Interested in a career in the music industry and wanna get along to this year’s epic Face The Music conference, but are strapped for spare dollars? You’re in luck because last week Face The Music announced 25 FReeZA scholarships for young people who have participated in the FReeZA Program and are committed to developing a career in the contemporary music and entertainment sectors. Take a few minutes to apply and you could be going to the Melbourne conference for FREE, plus regional recipients will have their V-Line travel reimbursed.

If you’re aged under 25 and have been involved with FReeZA in any way (including as a volunteer or a musician at one of their shows), or you’ve been involved in your local community, then you’re eligible. Get more info at and apply by October 12.

For the songwriters among us, check out the latest round of Push Songs, where you can get free songwriting mentoring with some of our nicest and most renown artists. Successful applicants will take part in 3, one on one songwriting workshops at our Brunswick office alongside Charles Jenkins and mentors Jess Cornelius (Teeth and Tongue), Hayden Calnin, Phoebe Baker (Alpine) and Fraser A. Gorman. You’ll also be invited to join the Tuesday Night Song Club and meet and share ideas and live performance opportunities with fellow songwriters. It kicks off in October and is open to anyone from around Victoria (it’s all ages too!). Apply at by October 5.

If you’re a muso who has released something new in the last year (October 1 2014 – September 30 2015) then you have one day left to nominate yourself for The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards! The categories include jazz, electronic, hip-hop, experimental, folk and more. To be eligible, you have to have lived in Victoria for the past two years. Winning entries will be announced in mid-October and celebrated along with the Public Awards for rock and pop acts on November 11.

Music Victoria’s workshop Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) will be presented by an A-grade who’s who of industry professionals, including artists and producers, a manager and lawyer, and a festival director and music body executive officer. The panel will explore career paths and provide tips to those looking to forge a lasting career in the music industry. A fantastic opportunity to gain insight on the inner workings of what it takes to produce, tour and promote world class music, manage and represent talent, and organise major events at one of Melbourne’s hottest new venues in the heart of the CBD. It’s on September 30, 6pm-7.30pm, at The Unknown Union (1000 Pound Bend) in Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne, $10 General / $8 Concession or free for Music Victoria members. RSVP to

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All Ages Gig Guide

Wednesday September 30

Upwelling Festival, Youth Arts Activity Space, Portland Foreshore, 245 Eastbourne Rd, Rosebud, 10am-4pm, Free,, AA

Movie Marathon, Heywood Council Offices – Community Rooms, 2pm – 6pm, Free, AA

Youth Fair w/ Ben Fowler, Kurnai Secondary, Kanji, Kernot Hall Princess Drive, Morwell, 10am – 2pm, Free,, AA

Thursday October 1

Poster Design Competition w/ Art Competition and Exhibition, Glenelg Shire, 4pm deadline, Free,, AA