Beat Column, Wednesday August 5, 2015

With Ruth Mihelcic

There are plenty of good opportunities happening around Melbourne (and the rest of Victoria) over the next few weeks, jump onto our website to read about them all or cast your eyes below to peruse a selected few.

Firstly, songwriters listen up. Our innovative, inspiring, and FREE songwriting mentoring program Push Songs is back for another round, with another amazing bunch of highly experienced songwriting mentors. This time successful applicants will take part in 3, one on one songwriting workshops with Kevin Mitchell, Gossling, Monique Brumby and Ben Salter alongside program co-ordinator Charles Jenkins. Plus you’ll be invited to join the Tuesday Night Song Club to meet and share ideas and live performance opportunities with fellow song writers. This Brunswick-based program is open to anyone of any age from all around Victoria, and workshops will be held in the afternoon/evening to make it more accessible for students and workers. Applications close August 19, go to

In case you missed it last week, Face The Music 2015 has recently released a limited number of early bird tickets at just $75 for a full conference pass. The contemporary music summit will be returning to Arts Centre Melbourne on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 November 2015 for its eighth year (!!!) bringing with it presentations, discussions, networking, music-making workshops, and the hottest tips and tools to give your music career the edge. Early bird tickets will only be available until sold out or August 26 when the first speaker announcement is released. Go to

The Moreland Summer Show is open to contemporary artists or collectives who live, work, study or base their creative practice in the City of Moreland. This year applicants are asked to consider in their contemporary practice a response to the theme ‘Science Friction’. The deadline for entry submission is August 7, more info is at

Creative Victoria has recently delivered a boost to Victoria’s contemporary music industry with the announcement of Music Works Grants, a new program to support musicians, music managers and industry organisations to create, develop and showcase Victorian contemporary music. Music Works Grants will provide support of up to $75,000 for music projects and programs across all contemporary genres across the state. Applications close August 12, for more info go to

What’s better than pizza, parmas, and jamming away with your mates? If you answered with a pause because you couldn’t immediately think of anything, then you should probably check out the open mic / jams that Musicland in Faulkner run during the month. Why not bring your band, or tell your mates’ band to have an impromptu gig? It’s open to bands/individual players/duos/music lovers, all ages and all genres, with a quality backline supplied (drums, guitar and bass rigs provided. Just bring your instruments to play), Sound, Lighting, PA Engineer supplied, plus recordings available for those who want their set recorded. To top it off you can order Pizza, Pasta & Parmas direct from the local pizza restaurant and have it delivered hot to your table. The next Open Mic / Jams are Sundays from 7:30pm, on August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 with FREE entry. More information is at

All Ages Gig Guide

Friday August 7

FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands Bayside heat (Boombox Events FReeZA), Brighton Town Hall,, AA

FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands – Yarra Ranges heat (Level-Up  FReeZA), Montrose Town Centre,, AA

FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands – Mildura heat (Mildura FReeZA), Mildura Senior College, 307-339 Beacon Ave, Mildura,, AA

Saturday August 8

FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands – Moira Shire heat (Moira Youth FReeZA), Numurkah Town Hall,, AA