Beat Column, October 7, 2015

The Push Beat All Ages Column
Wednesday October 7, 2015

With Grace Kindellan
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 renowned artists. Successful applicants will take part in three 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.

For all of the creative young jazz musicians and aspiring composers out there, applications for the 2016 PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commission award are open on Monday October 12. In association with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, the PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commission aims to promote innovation and originality in young jazz composers under 35. The commission awards $10,000 to a young Victorian composer for the creation of a new work to be broadcast on PBS 106.7fm and premiered at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. For further information check out

As part of the 2015 Melbourne Festival, the Visible Music Sessions showcase outstanding new artists and collaborations from Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Visible Music Mentoring Program. This is the first of three Sunday shows at the Foxtel Festival Hub where you can expect to hear everything from Ethio-jazz to Hazara poetry to Kenyan funk soul. The show starts at 3.00pm with more information available at .The artists performing this week are 7-piece Ethio-jazz band The Lalibellas featuring the renowned singer Nhatty Man.

Interested in volunteering at a festival in the centre of Melbourne? Applications are open to volunteer at the 2016 Moomba festival. This iconic festival is a celebration of the vibrancy and spirit of Melbourne and has been running for over 60 years on the Labour Day weekend in March. This is an opportunity to gain experience in event-management in the entertainment industry and immerse yourself in the colour and fun of the festival. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old with more information available at

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All Ages Gig Guide

Friday October 9

Youth Art Show, w/ Kanji and various young artists, The Laneway Café, 114 Franklin Street, Traralgon, 6.30pm – 9.00pm, Free,, AA

Glitch – Under 18s Dance Party w/ DJ Slaz, DJ Madeleine, Teddy Cream, Mooroolbark Community Centre, 125 Brice Ave, Mooroolbark, 6.30pm – 10.30pm, $10,, U18

From the Hands of the Master’s Apprentice w/ Kate Facey, The Rubic Duo, Bass Coast Artists Society Goods Shed, Cnr Biggs Drive and Korumburra Rd, Wonthaggi, 9th 9th (6.00pm – 10.00pm), 10th (10.00am-5.00pm), Free,, AA