August 2015 Newsletter

Copy of gossling_white shirt photoFree songwriting mentoring program, applications now open

Attention Victorian songwriters! Push Songs’ innovative and inspiring songwriting mentoring program continues throughout September 2015 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 Kevin Mitchell, Gossling (pictured), Monique Brumby and Ben Salter.

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 August 19.

Push_Logo_PositiveVolunteers at The Push: Gig Guide Coordinator internship, YAC members wanted

Gig Guide Coordinator position
Here at The Push office we’re looking for a new volunteer Gig Guide Coordinator. If you’re aged 16-25 years and have a passion for writing, all ages events, a sharp eye for details and getting published online and in Beat magazine every week, then this could be the intern position for you. It involves coming into our Brunswick office one day per week. Applications close August 24.
More info…

Youth Advisory Committee x3 positions
The Push is 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, who are committed to youth culture and development, preferably with experience in music or event activities like festivals, music events, and FReeZA. The YAC meets monthly with The Push staff. Applications close August 24. More info…

ftmsquareDates set for Face The Music 2015, early bird tickets go on sale

Melbourne’s contemporary music summit Face The Music returns to Arts Centre Melbourne on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 November in 2015. Following an acclaimed program last year, the music community will gather again to discuss new ideas, investigate the fast-changing development of music and media technologies, learn from international experts and network with other artists and music businesses. The first program announcement and general tickets will be released on August 26 at

A limited number of $75 early bird tickets are now available until sold out.

glLatest interview: GL

Spend a few minutes listening to the vibrant sounds of Melbourne’s GL and you’ll find yourself lost back in a time when glowing synths and gritty drum machines were used to create euphoric 80’s pop and electronic funk. Behind the microphones Graeme Pogson and Ella Thompson have been crafting funk on the cheap from home, creating what has been described as “authentically polished machine romance-dance”. Read more…

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

Telstra Road To Discovery applications open

The Telstra Road to Discovery is here again, given 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, for more info go to

mmb-stampMelbourne Music Bank applications open

Enter your song online and you could win the ultimate kick-starter pack worth around $30,000 thanks to Melbourne Music Bank. The winner gets 2 days’ recording at Sing Sing studios, a film clip, album artwork and 500 copies of their CD, and an entourage of support to help launch their career, including a manager, publicist, and booking agent. The competition is open to all Victorian musicians, songwriters and composers. Applications close August 23, go to

mast-head_NEWThe Under Age calling for student writers

The Under Age is an online newspaper written entirely by high school students, presented in partnership by Express Media and The Age. Applications are open for students from years 7 – 11 to join the team. The program offers aspiring journalists the chance to research, write, edit and publish news stories under the mentorship of industry professionals. The team will meet every second Wednesday at The Age headquarters in Melbourne CBD from September with participants undertaking independent writing outside of these hours. More info is at

random.jpgRight Now Magazine: Editior wanted

Right Now Magazine ( is looking for a volunteer Editor to work in a dynamic volunteer team, research story ideas and develop content for publication. Key responsibilities will include pitching ideas, identify potential contributors and commission new content, edit content, copyediting and proofreading, collaborate with contributors and provide constructive editorial feedback, and more. This position is 6 months at 5-7 hours per week. Email your resume to Kate Ervin at by August 24.

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