Beat Column, Wednesday September 16, 2015

With Ruth Mihelcic

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. Get more info at and apply by October 12.

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, 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 at by October 5.

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 .

The New Palm Court Orchestra is seeking an energetic ‘go getter’ for a 3 month, part-time Public Relations & Marketing Intern position, joining the Marketing and Communications team. The purpose of the position is to support communications campaigns to promote performances of the orchestra and to focus on client relations, social media and marketing. Submit your CV and cover letter discussing the selection criteria to Andy Lee, Non-Executive Director, The New Palm Court Orchestra at Applications close September 21.

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’s an amazing price package to be won including cash and studio time. Past winners include Jordie Lane, Sal Kimber, Ben Mason, Dan Flynn and Maddie Duke. For more info on to apply go to and enter by September 23.


In other news you use, SYN Media is hosting a FREE one day workshop this month 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. Places are limited so book early by emailing

All Ages Gig Guide

Friday September 18

Spring Sounds Underage – Invite Only w/ Elli Madison, Corey Smith, Jo Jo, Future Not Found, Alavate, Alex M, Epping Memorial Hall, 827 High St, Epping, 5pm-10pm, $10,, U18


Sunday September 20


Loddon Mallee Hume Skate Series – Wodonga Heat, James Scott Memorial Skate Park, Willow Park, Wodonga, 10.30am-5pm, Free,,, AA


Ownlife Skate Workshop w/ Richard Flude, Rachel Delphin, Warrnambool Skate Park, Pertobe Rd, Warrnambool, 10am-4.30pm, Free,, AA


Monday September 21


Skateboarding Workshop, Casterton Skatepark, 10am-3.30pm, Free,, AA