Beat Column, February 3, 2016

The Push Beat All Ages Column
Wednesday February 03, 2016
With Grace Kindellan

Looking for a head-start and some good advice in the music industry? The 2016 FReeZA Mentoring Program matches up enthusiastic young people with established music industry professionals who provide one-on-one mentoring and support in areas as diverse as event management, performance, technical production, publicity, and music business. This program is open to people between the ages of 18-25 who live in Victoria and have an interest in working in the music industry. Applications close on Sunday February 7 and are available here:

We have also added to our music industry mentoring opportunities with a new program for women performers in 2016. It’s called SQUAD and it will provide women performers aged 18 – 25 with the chance to be teamed up with industry professionals, attend special master-classes and an exclusive development weekend where participants will work on craft and career with a range of experts. There are ten places available for SQUAD with more details at The deadline for applications is also on Sunday February 7 so get on to it!

Fed Square Live is here to ease you into the summer music season with a series of free, outdoor performances every Thursday from 5.30pm at, you guessed it, Fed Square. Relax into a deckchair and unwind as the sun sets over some of Melbourne’s most talented acts. Head to for more details.

Tonight, and every Wednesday night until the end of March, you can check out music across three stages at the Queen Victoria Night Market from 5pm till 10pm. This week you can hear the joyful, traditional Kora music from The Senegambian Jazz Band, authentic, rootsy bluegrass from The Scrimshaw Four and the uniquely Brazillian genre of Choro from Tamandua. For more information and details of upcoming line ups, check out

There’s plenty of other free live music happening in and around the city, with MPavillion’s summer program heating up the Queen Victoria Gardens. Tonight you can see an intimate performance of beautiful classical music from four of the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s finest soloists led by Richard Tognetti, the ACO’s lead violinist and artistic director. On Saturday February 6 Ladies of Leisure are hosting a good old-fashioned group hang to mingle with new mates over tasty treats and good tunes. Forget autocorrect, super-likes and swiping right: this is about hanging out, catching up and making like-minded friends IRL (but obvs insta is totes appropes.) Liquid Architecture presents Endless Bummer, a Sunday-afternoon party with beats from Rites Wild, David Chesworth and Makeda from 4pm to 8pm. Check out these events and more at

The Folk Alliance Australia Youth Award is open again! The award is open to young Australian folk musicians aged 25 and under, and aims to boost the profile of young performers and introduce, support and encourage them to the next level of their development. Solo acts and small bands that fall within the genres of traditional to contemporary folk will be considered. Selected acts will perform at the National Folk Festival in Canberra on March 27, where the winner will be announced. Prizes include 12 months of development support and the opportunity to perform at three national festivals! Applications close February 8, for more info go to

All Ages Gig Guide

Friday February 5

Megafoam Summer Party w/ Cardiac Chaos, Will Netherway, Corey Rule, Corey Mann, Nexus Youth Centre, 14  Pynsent Street, 7.00pm, $5,, U18

Saturday February 6

Belgrave Pool Party, w/ DJ Ben Nicholas, DJ Riley, Belgrave Outdoor Pool, Best Street, Belgrave, 12.00pm – 4.00pm, $3.50,, AA

Barwon South West Skate Series w/ TBA, Warrnambool Skate Park, Pertobe Road, Warrnambool, Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm, Free,, AA