September 2015 Newsletter

ftmFirst announcement for Face The Music 2015

Melbourne’s contemporary music summit Face The Music returns to Arts Centre Melbourne on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 November in 2015. The two day conference provides a platform for professional and creative career development featuring presentations, discussions, artist development, networking, live music, practical workshops and the hottest tips and tools to give your music the edge.

The first speaker announcement includes JD Samson (artist) and Ruth Daniel (Co-Director, In Place Of War / Founder, Un-Convention), Anna Laverty and Andrei Eremin, Frank Cotela (Onelove Music Group), Dan Rosen (ARIA), Nick O’Byrne (Look Out Kid), Paul Sloan (Billions Australia), Marc Sousley (Secret Sounds), Katie Rynne (Select Music), Music Writer Brodie Lancaster, Alex Zaccaria (Bolster Music), Patrick Donovan (Music Victoria), Sarah Hamilton (Ditto Music), Travis Banko (Lunatic Entertainment), Sara Hood (Record Store Day Australia), Ben Preece (Mucho Bravado), Nic Warnock (Repressed Records / RIP Society), Chris Bowen (Music Australia), Joanna Cameron (One Of One) and the National Live Music Office’s John Wardle and Damian Cunningham.

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ftm2Face The Music Conference Scholarships

Face The Music and FReeZA are pleased to announce up to 25 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. Successful applicants will receive a complementary pass to Face The Music conference, workshop opportunities, and reimbursement for V-Line travel.

If you’re aged under 25 and have been involved with FReeZA in any way (as a volunteer or musician) or in your local community, then you’re eligible. More info / Apply by October 12.

pushsongsFree songwriting mentoring program, applications now open

Attention Victorian songwriters! Push Songs’ innovative and inspiring songwriting mentoring program continues throughout October and November and again it’s FREE! To develop your songwriting skills, successful applicants will take part in 3, one on one songwriting workshops alongside Charles Jenkins and mentors Jess Cornelius (Teeth and Tongue), Hayden Calnin (pictured), Phoebe Baker (Alpine) and Fraser A. Gorman.

Participants will also be invited to join the Tuesday Night Song Club and meet and share ideas and live performance opportunities with fellow songwriters. Push Songs is open to anyone from anywhere in Victoria of any age, and the program is based in Brunswick. Apply here by October 5

dmfDarebin Music Feast Songwriters Award

The Darebin Music Feast Songwriters’ Award is an annual songwriting competition that seeks to recognise, showcase and promote the talents of local songwriters. 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 is an amazing price package to be won including cash and studio time. For more info go to and enter by September 23

collartsCollarts Free Music & Audio Workshops

Collarts are hosting a range of free, exclusive music and audio workshops for Year 12 students. There are limited places available so  book as soon as possible. To book and get more info, go to
•    How to Record Music – September 5 & 26, 10am-3pm
•    Intro to Ableton Live (Making Beats) – September 5 & 26, 10am-3pm
•    How to Release Your Own Music – September 12, 11am-3pm
•    Songwriting with Ella Hooper – September 19, October 3, 10am-3pm

synFree Regional SYN Radio Workshop

This September SYN Media is hosting a FREE one day workshop for young people from 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. Register here or get more info by emailing

dizziFuture Beats Workshop with Dizz1

Check out Future Beats with Dizz1, a future beats percussion workshop with local beat wizard, turntablist, producer, drummer and teacher Dave Norris (aka Dizz1). Dave shares the secrets of making a dope beat with tricks and tips to make your music stand above the masses. Get your beats on track with this one-off FREE pro session, for young people aged 15-25 years on September 8 at ACMI. Register by emailing or get more info here.

hwHeywire competition: Be heard, win prizes

If you’re aged between 16 and 22 and live outside the big cities, enter the Heywire competition to be heard. Tell your story using video, audio, photos or text. Winning stories will be featured on the ABC. Entries close September 16 and more info is at

siScreen It Competition for Student Filmmakers

Fancy yourself a filmmaker? Think you can match Shaun Tan in the animation stakes? Want to show off your skills as a videogame developer? Then get ready to enter this year’s Screen It competition for your chance to create something amazing and win some awesome prizes! Every year, hundreds of students across the nation enter Screen It – ACMI’s epic moving image competition for Primary and Secondary school students. Jump on to for details and enter by September 21.

oppsMore Opportunities…..

Check out even more opportunities at our website, compiled each month for young people around Victoria! Send us your news if you’d like it included. Click the link and follow the tabs to see what’s in store.

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