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WORD ‘ROUND TOWN, March 2015

News & Events for musicians

Photography by Sean Hastings


Quick — Unsigned Only song writing comp ends this month!
Unsigned Only is a unique song writing competition offering one grand winner intimate mentoring sessions with selected record company execs, plus $10,000 and additional prizes. Eligible only for unsigned solo artists, bands and singers. Applicants must not be signed to a major label; entries close Wednesday March 18. Good news: there are multiple categories to enter in and winners will be chosen from each category. Judges include The Cure’s Robert Smith, The Guardian’s Michael Hann and renowned vocalist Sinead O’Conner.
For more info on the categories, prizes and how to apply, head to www.unsignedonly.com

There’s a new venue in town
Welcome to Belleville — the new kid on the block. Officially launched last month and located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD Belleville specialises in Asian fusion and innovative live music and art. From the guys who brought you Ferdydurke and Section 8, Belleville promises an explosive palette of diverse cultural awesomeness.
For more info on Belleville, check out www.facebook.com/bellevillemelb


The Songwriter Sessions, Thursday March 5; Sunday March 15; Thursday March 26, various venues.
Presented by The Taste of Indie Collective, The Songwriter Sessions is a free and popular interactive event. This month – across three different dates at three different venues (Horse Bazaar, Brunswick Hotel, Bar Oussou) – The Songwriter Sessions sees a line-up of pre-selected songwriters on stage playing songs and discussing the inspiration and process behind their music. This month’s line-up includes Lizzie Sims, Craig Williams and Michael Yule.
Head to www.facebook.com/TheTasteofIndieCollective to keep up to date with the program.

Unlikely Friends & Strange Comforts, Saturday March 21, The Workers Club, 2pm.
Presented by Melbourne Guru and The Workers Club, Unlikely Friends & Strange Comforts brings together live performance and collaborative discussion. The afternoon sees ten musicians collaborating and performing unique versions of familiar songs, followed by an intimate Q&A session. The event will be hosted by Peachy Entertainment’s Cassie Walker and will see performances from Amin Payne, Able8, Chelsea Wilson and Adam Rudegeair to name a few.

I Manage My Music Workshop, Sunday March 29, Pozible HQ, 10am-5pm.
I Manage My Music is a day-long workshop dedicated to assisting self-managed artists. Exploring business plans, budgets, touring, online promotion, audience building and digital distribution, among many other areas, this month’s speakers are Ditto Music’s Sarah Hamilton, Viceroyalty’s Zac Abroms, hip-hop artist Joelistics and renowned Australian producer, Anna Laverty.
Book now via http://imanagemymusic.com/book-a-place/


Sound Check Symposium – Live Music in the Sustainable City, Friday April 10, RMIT Melbourne.
This symposium addresses the ubiquitous relationship between noise issues and live music performance in inner city music venues. The event will tackle the most appropriate methods of monitoring noise issues before and after an event and avoiding violation. Intent on bringing together musicians, venue operators, festival curators and sound hire companies, the event will prompt further research and discourse. The event will feature guest speaker Marcel Kok (dBcontrol — a company specialising in event noise monitoring and research), plus a bunch of other presentations run by field experts.
Keep updated with this event via http://soundchecksymposium.murdoch.edu.au

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