Aboriginal musicians invited to a free two-day ‘Starting Ground’ workshop in Bathurst

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APRA AMCOS, in partnership with Create NSW and Arts OutWest, will bring its successful Starting Ground workshop for Aboriginal musicians to the Bathurst region for the first time.

The free two-day workshop will take place 28-29 November at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC), just prior to the Inland Sea of Sound festival.

Mentors include songwriters
Leah Flanagan and Troy Jungaji Brady

Aboriginal musicians at any stage in their career looking to further develop creative and business skills are invited to attend this hands-on seminar. Sessions run 9am-5pm each day.

Coming to Bathurst are songwriter/performer Leah Flanagan, solo artist and Black Arm Band collaborator Troy Jungaji Brady, and producer/engineer Liam Judson (Cloud Control, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Belles Will Ring). APRA AMCOS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander National Representative Michael Hutchings will facilitate the sessions, which will also include industry guests with expertise in publicity, marketing, management and more.

Established in 2015 with support from the New South Wales Government, the Starting Ground project was created to help Aboriginal musicians build their skills, promote their work, develop career pathways and access mainstream music markets.

Previous workshops have been held in Tamworth, Eden, Byron Bay, Dubbo, and Redfern, and artists mentored include Athol Munro, Loren-Jade Ryan, Dylan Goolagong, Sean Kinchela, and Tom Avery, and up-and-coming country artist Maddi Lyn.

“We’re thrilled to take Starting Ground to Bathurst for the first time, and to give the region’s Aboriginal music makers a unique opportunity to work with some of this country’s finest songwriters and music industry leaders,” said Michael Hutchings.

“The two full days really gives artists a chance to not only gain valuable professional advice and skills but also the confidence to push their music into the future.”

Registration via Eventbrite

Questions about participating?

Contact: Michael Hutchings, APRA AMCOS, mhutchings@apra.com.au or 0447 447 646

Image: Songwriter/performer Troy Jungagi Brady will mentor musicians at the free workshop.

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