Beat Column, Wednesday August 12, 2015

With Ruth Mihelcic

What’s happening around The Push office this week?

If you’ve ever wanted to get a foot in the door in the music industry or at The Push, check out our latest opportunities. We’re looking for a new volunteer Gig Guide Coordinator to come into our Brunswick office one day per week and compile the gig guide, update our website and write this very column in Beat that you’re reading NOW. If you’re aged 16-25 years and have a passion for writing, all ages events, a sharp eye for details and getting published, then jump onto, check out the PD and apply by August 24.

The Push is also looking for three young people aged 18-25 years to join the YAC committee. The YAC comprises young people from a diverse range of musical interests and backgrounds, with experience in music or event activities like festivals, music events, and FReeZA committees. It involves monthly meetings at our Brunswick office, free food, running a few projects (like BIGSOUND scholarships, Face The Music) and having a say in what The Push does. The application form is on our site, send it to by August 24.

Our innovative, inspiring, and FREE songwriting mentoring program Push Songs is back for another round, with another amazing bunch of highly experienced songwriting mentors. This time successful applicants will take part in 3, one on one songwriting workshops with Kevin Mitchell, Gossling, Monique Brumby and Ben Salter alongside program co-ordinator Charles Jenkins. Plus you’ll be invited to join the Tuesday Night Song Club to meet and share ideas and live performance opportunities with fellow song writers. This Brunswick-based program is open to anyone of any age from all around Victoria, and workshops will be held in the afternoon/evening to make it more accessible for students and workers. Applications close August 19, go to

In case you missed it, early bird tickets are now on sale for Face The Music 2015, which is coming back to Arts Centre Melbourne on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 November 2015. Early bird tickets are $75 for a full conference pass and are only available until sold out or until general tickets go on sale August 26. The contemporary music summit is now in its eighth year and will no doubt be bringing with it presentations, discussions, networking, music-making workshops, and the hottest tips and tools to give your music career the edge. Go to

Creative Victoria has recently delivered a boost to Victoria’s contemporary music industry with the announcement of Music Works Grants, a new program to support musicians, music managers and industry organisations to create, develop and showcase Victorian contemporary music. Music Works Grants will provide support of up to $75,000 for music projects and programs across all contemporary genres across the state. Applications close today! Go to

All Ages Gig Guide

Friday August 14

FReeZA Dance Party w/ DJs Northie, MC Losty, Konvex, Galvin Hall, Wondonga Senior Secondary College, 69 Woodland St, Wodonga, 6pm-10pm, $5 presale or $10 door,,, U18

FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands – Golden Plains heat w/ Residual and competing bands, Meredith Memorial Hall, 61 Staughton St, Meredith, 7:15pm-10:30pm,, AA

Sunday August 16

FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands – Ballarat Heat 1 w/ Desert Mules, 3rd Stone Collision, Ebonivory, Good Wives, Habit, Karova Lounge, 3pm-6pm, $10 or $15 for all 3 heats,, AA