Beat Column, Wednesday July 22, 2015

With Ruth Mihelcic

There’s a bunch of good things happening this week whether you’re a muso or involved in the music industry!

The FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands continues on across the state with no less than 10 battle events being held this month, and a whopping 21 events coming up in August. If you’re in a young band (with members under 25 years old) then you’d be crazy to miss it. The winners from each heat will go on to play at their Regional Finals, where those winners will then play for an amazing prize pack worth over $11k at Melbourne’s Moomba Festival next March.

Show your support for your local competing bands by getting along to an event – you can find all the event details on our website by checking out the gig guide or the dedicated FReeZA Push Start 2015 Series gig page.

In other competition news this week, triple j’s Unearthed High 2015 is still open! They’re looking for the best high school act in the country to follow in the prestigious footsteps of acts like Japanese Wallpaper, Lunatics on Pogosticks, ASTA, Stonefield and more. The best entries will be played on national radio, and if you’re their winner you’ll be flown to triple j to record, remix or master a track. You’ll also get professional music advice from a top Australian act and their manager, and triple j will come to your school. If you’re a songwriter, in a band, a producer or MC, then enter by uploading an original piece of music to by August 3.

The new Creative Victoria Music Works Grants have recently been announced, providing support of between $2,500 and $75,000 for music projects and programs across all contemporary genres and in all areas across the state. Applications opened just last week and will close on August 12, you can find more info at

If you hadn’t yet heard, Telstra Road to Discovery applications are currently open. The program gives artists the flexibility to achieve their goals their way. Alongside a $15,000 development grant, two winners are given an all-expenses paid trip to the USA, local gigs, ongoing education and the opportunity to work with industry insiders to help them kick-start their music career. Applications close August 23 and you can get more info at

Ever thought about getting involved with SYN? Anyone aged 12-25 can make radio, TV, digital media or work behind the scenes! The first step is to attend a free one hour Info Session, which is also compulsory if you want to book for a radio training course. The upcoming info session is on July 23, go to to RSVP your place.

Here at The Push we’ll have some pretty sweet news coming up in a few weeks, if you haven’t already done so then get over to our site and subscribe to our fabulous monthly Push Newsletter. You’ll get the latest info on music news, programs, comps and a few great opportunities delivered straight to your inbox (no spam!). You can also send us your news to share on our Opportunities page… just email

All Ages Gig Guide

Friday July 24

YAC Winter Series of Movies – St Arnaud w/ The film: Paddington, St Arnaud Town Hall, 40 Napier Street, St Arnaud, 7.30pm-10.30pm, Free,, AA

FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands – Cardinia heat: Santamental Music Comp, Pakenham Hall, 6.30pm-11.00pm, $10 presale, $12 door or $10 in costume,, AA