Beat Column, Wednesday September 23, 2015

With Ruth Mihelcic

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 amongst 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.

Another opportunity for the musos is the Darebin Music Feast Songwriters’ Award, which showcases and promotes the talents of local songwriters, and entries close TODAY. Over 100 entries are received each year with finalists performing before a panel of distinguished local musicians as part of the Darebin Music Feast. There’s an amazing price package to be won including cash and studio time. Past winners include Jordie Lane, Sal Kimber, Ben Mason, Dan Flynn and Maddie Duke. For more info on to apply go to and get your entry in asap.

In other news, tomorrow night SYN Media are hosting their FREE one day for young people in regional areas to build their skills in radio. If you’re under 26 and living outside metro Melbourne and are keen to learn how to present or produce a radio program, join them for the sessions taking place at the House of Syn (16 Cardigan St, Carlton) on September 24. Places are limited so book early by emailing

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All Ages Gig Guide

Friday September 25

Youth Film Fest, Southern Peninsula Community Theatre, 245 Eastbourne Rd, Rosebud, 6pm-8pm, Free,, AA

FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands – Latrobe heat w/ Under Skarlett Skies, Suffering I Stand, DJ Welch, Gardens of Archadia, AURA, VRI Hall, Queens Parade, Traralgon, 6pm-11pm, $1,, AA

Saturday September 26

Spring Sounds w/ Jai Cannon, Ampersands, Residual, Isabella Khalife, Eastern Beach Road, Geelong, 12pm-4pm, Free,, AA

Rough River w/ Low Wave, Fezz, Rachael Hart & Chitra Ridwan, The Pavilion, Lower Princess Park, Cnr Hygeia Drv & Symonds St, Queenscliff, 4pm-8pm, Free, contact Louise Roberts on 5258 4816, AA

Tuesday September 29

DJ Workshop, Shed 11 Youth Centre, 11 Marine Pde, Hastings, 1pm-5pm, Free,, AA

Tuesday September 29 – Thursday October 1

Mural Workshop, Shed 11 Youth Centre, 11 Marine Pde, Hastings, 10am-5pm, Free,, AA