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WORD ‘ROUND TOWN, February 2015

News & Events for musicians


Get your music on Punktured
A reality show following the staff and customers at Punktured Body Piercing Studios, Punktured is getting ready for its second season. Airing this year on Foxtel, Punktured is looking for intro and outro tunes. Open to unsigned/independent bands of any style, submissions can be directed to Dan at ds.e@outlook.com

$10,000 grant up for grabs!
Hilltop Hoods and APRA AMCOS are teaming up to offer one lucky emerging Australian hip hop/soul artist/group a $10,000 grant. The money will help fund the production and marketing of an album. Also included are legal advice from Media Arts Lawyers and a Zoo York prize pack. Applicants needs to be an APRA AMCOS member who haven’t previously released a studio album. Applications are now open via www.apraamcos.com.au/hth-2015

Last call for Jazz Bell Award nominations
The only jazz-specific awards in Australia to acknowledge excellence in performance, creativity and presentation, The 2015 Australian Jazz Bell Awards are now accepting nominations. The award show will take place on Thursday April 30 at the Regent Ballroom and nominations close on Wednesday February 11. The nomination form and guidelines can be downloaded from www.bellawards.org

2015 Josh Pyke partnership
Bringing back the Josh Pyke Partnership in 2015 is the man himself, partnered with APRA AMCOS. The pair will award one lucky Australian musician a $7,500 grant for their music career. The winner will also receive some extra treasures, including mentorship from Pyke himself. Artists must be unsigned and must submit a business plan alongside their application. The business plan needs to illustrate in detail how the artist plans to use the $7,500 grant. Applications are open until March 31 via http://mg-wp-josh-pyke-prod-eu.herokuapp.com/projects/jp-partnership

Last chance to enter ‘Count us In Song writing comp’
‘Count Us In’ is a nationwide student song writing competition, offering students the chance to collaborate and co-write a song with an Australian superstar. The 2015 competition is now open and entries close on Tuesday February 20. Application and requirement details are available via www.musicvictoria.com.au/news/10369/music-count-us-in-schools-songwriting-competition


The Right Track: Free Musician Workshops, Saturday February 7, The Prince Bandroom, 11am-4:30pm.
Presented by St Kilda Festival, ‘The Right Track’ is a series of free workshops for Melbourne musicians. The development day will enable exclusive insights into the music business, offering networking opportunities with industry heavyweights. For program info, head to http://stkildafestival.com.au

Secrets of Success: How to be a successful artist without compromise, Sunday February 8, Auspicious Arts Theatrette (Auspicious Arts Incubator), 9:30am-5:30pm.
Presented by John Paul Fischbach (founder & CEO of Australia’s Auspicious Arts Incubator), Secrets of Sucess is a seminar for independent artists and small art organisations. Exploring and evaluating entrepreneurism, this session offers discussions in time and financial management and mental stability.
Tickets are available via eventbrite.com.au/e/arts-business-success-melbourne-tickets-15195070866

The Songwriter Sessions, Sunday February 15, Brunswick Hotel, 5-7pm.
Presented by The Taste of Indie Collective, The Songwriter Sessions is a monthly spring/summer interactive event. The sessions see a line-up of three songwriters on stage playing songs and discussing the inspiration and process behind their music. This month’s line-up features Brett Franke (Temple of Tunes), Alistair King (Waterline) and Craig Williams (Acoustic Foxx).
Head to www.facebook.com/TheTasteofIndieCollective to keep up to date with the summer program.

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